The biggest bell in Asia is at Pan-ay, a town at Capiz.
We hired a tricycle from our hotel going to the said location and it is about 10-15 minutes ride. When you arrived at Pan-ay, first thing you’ve noticed is the beautiful Sta. Monica Church.
As you walk through the church, you’ll noticed the biggest bell on the right side (when facing the church), that’s only the replica of the Asia’s biggest bell.
Let’s continue our journey, when you pan your eyes to the left (from the replica), you can see and appreciate the beauty of Sta. Monica church. It has a brick walls that was so impressive. According to Historic Old Philippines, this is the oldest church in Panay.
As you walk and roam around, you can see a signage that says, “THE OLD SPANISH WELL”. A few meters away, you can see it and you may make a wish by dropping a coin. Well, it’s a belief on most Filipino anyways but it’s not bad to try, right?
Moving forward, we also went to the another gate, another side of the church which we saw a fountain. It was nice, actually.
After our escapade and tour around the church, finally, we are ready to see the biggest bell in Asia but in order to go to the belfry which is at the left side of the church, you will go through inside the church. It was amazing, it is really historic and solemn.
Before you’ll witnessed the biggest bell, it can be accessed through an iron staircase. According to Knoji, the staircase is a 63-step. In addition, it is used to be wood but as time goes by, termites weakened it.
When you reached the top of the staircase, you’ll a word “WELCOME” on a foot step. As you pan your sight and prepare to be amazed.
The bell weigh 10.4 tons and it was built out of 70 sacks of coins donated by the towns people, 132 years ago. This is not just the only bell you can see, there were lots of them, some were small and a medium ones. Source: Knoji.
So amazing at the inside of the bell, it looks like it will drop off and you’re going to trapped inside of it.
Not only the bells you’ll be amazed of, also the view from the top of the belfry. So refreshing and relaxing.
You can see the overview of the town, same with the beach.
So, that was our tour and escapade during our Roxas City trip. It was beautiful, amazing, and wonderful experience for us to see and touch another historic places in the Philippines.
This video was the compilation of our tour at Sta. Monica Church, Pan-ay, Capiz.