on my last day in the island of Bantayan, i made sure to visit its small town. i was looking forward to see the church which is more than 400years old when it was first built.so i rented a motorbike that's good for 2hours to drive along the highway with a driver but i decided to drive it myself. i just asked them for the directions going there. the direction was simply to drive along the highway until i reach the town plaza.so i gave my ID and signed a waiver to assure that i will be responsible if something happens to the motorbike. they gave me a slightly used Honda XRM. lucky! lucky! so i'll name this machine "Honx". and off i go with Honx.out on a long highway leaving the municapality of Sta. Fe. after 23minutes, i was now approaching the town of Bantayan and finally reached the town plaza. the town was so silent, there were few people walking on the streets even though it was 12:10 noon on a Tuesday.took a round at its small plaza and parked at the church entrance on the side. the church is indeed old but beautiful. it was built in 1580 but was burned by rebels in the 1600. it was rebuilt and now it stands at the town's center.it is called St. Peter and St. Paul church or simply Bantayan church. i like it because they maintained its original structure which is made up of limestones. the church interior displays a typical Spanish era church with beautiful tiles and old wooden benches. the bantayan actually means a "guarding" or "sentinel". because the island used to have guard towers that protects its town. it was destroyed but its name has retained. just in front of the church is the town plaza. the town plaza has a basketaball court, a Philippine flag and a statue of our national hero. it is surrounded with small and big shops. there's one huge multi-purpose hall on one side. didn't have much time to visit the villages, so i took Honx and drive our way back to Sta. Fe. the next time i visit the town, i hope that it will retain its simplicity.