Although much of the interior of Pitogo Church has been renovated, there are still some old construction that can be found, if one knows where. While the exterior, both the front and side facades have some interesting details etched in stone, the upper parts of the church holds some surprises.
First, as one gaze up from the outside into the top of the nave, there are ancient lumber, hardwood, to be precise that serves as the wooden trusses of the roof. Unlike the roof in Catmon Church (Cebu) and Bangar Church (Ilocos Sur), where the beams and trusses are exposed, Pitogo’s is covered by the ceiling. One has to climb to the belfry at the back to see these beams.
As one enters the belfry, I think, a modern construction, one will just be in awe of the exhilarating view of the town as well as the surrounding seas. This outstanding location and vantage point of the church makes it as a lookout for marauders and pirates in the 19th century.
There are only two bells left at the belfry. With the one tied up at the topmost with a gaping hole at the side and the inscriptions have faded and unreadable. The other small bell on the other hand is interesting. It is dedicated to San Apolinario, based on the inscription and was cast 23 July 1879.