The Leaning Tower of . . . Milaor (Camarines Sur)

We all know about the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Who would have thought it has a less famous counterpart, the Leaning Tower of . . . are you ready for this . . . . The Leaning Tower of Milaor. It’s found in the town of Milaor, province of Camarines Sur.

It’s a good thing the local officials thought of creating a billboard which announces that their town has a leaning tower. Maybe it would help travelers like us if the billboard is placed before the location of the leaning tower so we would have the opportunity to look around and take the proper turn without creating traffic.

We didn’t see the bell tower on the way to Donsol, Sorsogon, so we made a mental note to drop by on the trip back to Manila. This is a good church to include for those who plan to do a visita iglesia this Holy Week. Equally good for historical or educational tour.

The leaning tower is the bell tower of the Milaor Church (St. Joseph the Worker Parish). The Philippine Historical Committee marker, placed in 1939, provides a concise history of the church and the belfry: “The first church started in 1725 and completed in 1735, was destroyed by fire in 1740. The present church was constructed in 1740, its belfry in 1840.”

This is a really old church, just like many of the churches in the Bicol area. It’s amazing how the stone structure has survived the ravages of time, though they say the bell tower is leaning. I can’t see how it is leaning. Maybe it will become more pronounced after 100 years more.

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