One of the more popular landmarks in Ilocos Norte is the St. William’s Cathedral that stand majestically in its capital, Laoag City. Also known as Laoag Cathedral, it serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag.
St. William’s Cathedral was originally built as a wooden structure in honor of San Guillermo by the Augustinians in 1580. In 1612, the foundation of the current church was laid but was damaged by fire in 1843.
Headed by Engineer Antonio de la Camara and Father Santiago Muniz, the church was restored from 1873 to 1880. In 1936, the façade of the church was renovated. A decade after the church was declared as a cathedral in 1961, it had another renovation from 1971-1972.
In 1983, the church was damaged by an earthquake but was completely reconstructed. In 1902, the Philippine Independent Church led by Gregorio Aglipay was established to revolt against the Catholic Church. They tried to take over the Catholic churches but St. William’s Cathedral remained to be in the hands of the Catholic Church under the leadership of Fr. Roman Ver who was the assistant priest of the cathedral at that time.
This beautiful church is located in Brgy. 14 Laoag, Ilocos Norte. In order to get here, ride a tricycle or jeepney bound for Laoag. Ask the driver to drop you off at the cathedral.
The church is open daily so you can visit anytime of day.