Whenever I passed by the church of San Vicente Ferrer in Buhang, Bulusan, I always see to it to keep my eye focused on the mini belfry or bell tower at the right side of the chapel. Its presence is subtle not imposing but its charm once it hit the viewer will get you hooked. Tall, slender and modern.
I had the chance to study closely the details of this architectural gem when I visited the place for a First Friday pailaw (light offering) for the month of April. The more I was impressed of its design. Simple and practical yet possessed with that distinct appeal. The space only occupies less than 2 meters by 2 meters which makes it more amazing! A strong tower that reach to about 2-story high. It reminds me of a light house design.
The placement of the metal stairs and the protective metal surrounding it adds to the overall design style. It complements the style of the chapel which can be described as contemporary.
The photos speak for the beauty of the bell tower of San Vicente chapel. It shows that a religious structure need not be antique looking to be an attraction too.
See also San Vicente chapel’s front view on this post:
Photos: Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines