Panay Church on Good Friday

Mention Panay Island and the story of the golden salakot comes to mind. The Maragtas Chronicles tell the story of the ten datus who escaped from Borneo and arrived in Panay. Story has it that in exchange for a golden salakot (a wide brimmed native hat), the Bornean datus bought the island from the Aetas (Atis) who originally inhabited it. It’s just a story and there are conflicting claims as to whether or not things really happened that way.

Anyway, Panay Church, home of the largest church bell in Asia, is in Panay Island. From the trivia page of WOW Philippines:

The largest bell in Asia hangs at the belfry of the 221-year old Panay Church. It is 7 feet in diameter and 7 feet in height, and weighs 10.4 tons. Its tolling can be heard as far as 8 km. away. It was casted from 70 sacks of coins donated by the townspeople as a manifestation of faith and thanksgiving.

I have a different theory about the nature of the “donation” but, anyway, here are photos of Panay Church taken on the morning of Good Friday.


  1. ed villanueva says

    Wow Connie you are living the kind of life that I dreamed of,travel around the Philippines visit old churches,resorts ,farms hmmmmm,Ive saved enough money for the trip that I want to take from North to South, but due to nature of my business my dream I guess will just remain a dream.Thanks for the snapshots anyway, It reminds me not to give up ,ha ha ha..

  2. says

    Ed, it’s my dream too to travel all over the country, take photos and document each trip. Hope to do more traveling in the coming months. If only my hubby didn’t need to apply for a leave each time. LOL

  3. fishfan says

    i’m from panay island.. and my grandparents were natives of panay. your pictures are beautiful.

  4. says

    Hi, im joebert i live in calitan panay capiz im a simple guy………………………………….
    the church of panay is very beautiful my website of panay island is semple website of the capiznon pepoel here in panay capiz because the bill of panay capiz is the biggest bill of asia///?????