Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tayum Church: a Centuries-Old Baroque Church in Abra

Tayum Church Abra

The Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church, commonly known as the Tayum Church, is a 19th century Baroque church located in the Philippines town of Tayum, Abra province. Tayum Church was constructed in early 1800s by the Augustinians and was dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria (Spanish: Sta. Catalina de Alejandría). The town of Tayum celebrates its town fiesta every 25th of November in honor of their patron saint.

Burnay Jar motif of Tayum Church

Tayum Church was identified by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as a National Cultural Treasure for its cultural significance and distinctive architecture. One of the remarkable features of the church is the use of palayok or burnay jar motifs on the church's facade. These jars are native in this region which pre-dates Spanish colonization of the Philippines (1500s). Burnay jars are short and stout, and are used to ferment fish paste (bagoong), sugarcane vinegar and basi (sugarcane wine). It is said that the art and technology of making burnay jars are brought to the region by Chinese traders and artisans via the town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur province.

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How to get to Tayum Church

From Manila, take the Partas Bus bound for Bangued, Abra. Their terminal is located at Aurora Blvd, Cubao, Quezon City. They have several morning, afternoon and evening trips everyday. Fare is P665.00 (as of September 2013). Travel time is 8-9 hours. For trip schedules, you can contact them at 727-8278.

From Bangued, Abra, you can rent a tricycle to take you to the town of Tayum. Tell the driver that you are visiting the church in Tayum. Travel time is 10-15 minutes. It is best that you rent the tricycle for a round trip to Tayum and back to Bangued.

If you are driving from Manila, take the Manila North Road heading towards Vigan and Laoag. After the town of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur province, turn right at the Abra Junction and follow the blue line on the map below to reach the town of Bangued. If you are coming from Vigan, you should turn left at the Abra Junction. From Bangued, just follow the green line on the map below to reach Tayum Church.


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