Pitogo Church roof and belfry

The intricate woodwork of the roof as seen from the landing to the belfry

The intricate woodwork of the roof as seen from the landing to the belfry

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.

Detail of wooden trusses as seen from the exterior

Detail of wooden trusses as seen from the exterior

Detail of wooden trusses as seen from the exterior

Detail of wooden trusses as seen from the exterior. Note the bulging of this side compared to the opposite of the nave. Structurally, this might need to be checked for stability.

View of the town and the sea as seen from the belfry

View of the town and the sea as seen from the belfry

From left: detail of the old bell, the old and small bell of Pitogo Church, the remaining two bells of the church. The top one has a hole with no inscriptions.

From left: detail of the old bell, the old and small bell of Pitogo Church, the remaining two bells of the church. The top one has a hole with no inscriptions.

Detail of the old bell of Pitogo Church

Detail of the old bell of Pitogo Church

The roof as seen from the belfry

The roof as seen from the belfry

The old stone steps behind the semicircular pediment. This is a common feature of old churche.

The old stone steps behind the semicircular pediment. This is a common feature of old churche.

Area that gives a view of the wooden trusses of the roof as well as landing to the belfry.

Area that gives a view of the wooden trusses of the roof as well as landing to the belfry.

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