The San Matias Parish Church in Tumauini, Isabela (northern Philippines) was built by the Dominican priest Fr. Domingo Forto in 1783 with assistance from a master carpenter named Castillejos. Built with brick and coral stones, construction was completed in 1805.
The church was seriously damaged during World War II. Except for the convent, it has been faithfully restored and today is considered as the best and most artistic brick structure in the Philippines.
The unique cylindrical bell tower is the only one of its kind in the Philippines. Experts say the church architectural design also bears traces of Chinese artistry which reflects early Chinese influence in the coastal towns of Northern Luzon probably even before the Spanish came to colonise that part of the country.
The church has been declared by the National Commission on Culture and Arts as part of the national heritage and a national landmark in 1989.
Mabuhay ang San Matias Parish Church!