Friday, May 18, 2012

My Take on ......*Ilocos Norte*

My first time in Ilocos was a year ago.  I was invited to see Vigan for the first time and agreed to go on a road trip for 7 long hours.  Arrived, slept and leave for Manila the next day at noon time.  Never did I stepped on the cobblestone of Calle Crisologo nor took at least one photo.  The travel time is longer than I spent in Vigan.  After a couple of months, my friend decided to spend her special day surfing in San Juan, La Union, being two hours away from Vigan the next morning we headed to Ilocos Sur to celebrate and have Pinakbet Pizza in Café Leona.  Exactly 181 days, now I am on the road again to one of the farthest tourist destination , Ilocos Norte.  12 grueling hours to Pagudpud.  Ilocos Norte is the best destination for road trippers, it will test your skills, endurance and patience but in the end will all be worth it.

So many things to do and places to visit in Ilocos.  We started from Pagudpud down to Vigan.  Stopped at every town arch and took pictures.

Located in the northwestern part of Luzon.  Composed of 2 cities and 21 towns.  Climate during summer can go up to 30 degrees. Bordered by Ilocos Sur, Abra, and Cagayan.


Pagudpud and Saud is the go to beach in Ilocos Norte with its fine white sand.  Maira-ira or Blue Lagoon is one of the best surfing areas in Pagudpud. 

Patapat Viaduct is the farthest spot you can go when in Ilocos Norte.  It is a 1.3 km concrete bridge that connects Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valley.

Bantay Abot Cave is a rock/cave formed by the strong waves of the ocean.

Kabigan Falls - 1.7 km walk from the starting point all the way to the 120 ft high falls with cool water cascading to the basin.


The famous Bangui windmills.  20 Wind Turbines (giant electric fan) with 50m height standing along the Bangui bay and facing the West Philippine Sea.  This is the first wind farm in the Philippines that produce power for the entire province.  And said that it help reduce green house gas that contributes to Global Warming.


Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.  The tallest lighthouse in the country.  You can see the coastline of Ilocos when you reached the top.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

White Rock Formation that is also form by tides and waves of the sea., the beauty of it truly comes out during sunset.


The best you can get from Pasuquin aside from the iodized salt is their soft biscocho.  A soft bread that has the taste of star anise.  A good pasalubong for your family and friends.

Laoag, the capital of Ilocos Norte. 

Ilocos Norte Museum, Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Provincial Capitol, Aurora Park, St. William Cathedral and the Sinking Bell Tower

There are two sand dunes in Ilocos Norte, one in Paoay and the other in La Paz, Sand boarding is the newest adventure you must try when you visit Ilocos.  The best time to sand board is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.


The home of the great leaders.  This is where the mausoleum of the Former President Ferdinand Marcos is located beside their ancestral house.  Locals believed that the body of the former president lies under the wax formed figure.

Marcos Museum
Across the Museum is one of the best empanada in Norte.  The Batac River Empanadahan.


The Garlic center of the north, the true Tagalog garlic according to my Mommy, the taste is pungent and spicy unlike the garlic that we are using today that is imported. Thus the price is a bit expensive for P120/kilo


St Augustine Church or popularly known as Paoay Church, Declared as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

There are still more spot to explore in Ilocos Norte, my 4 days visit is still bitin so there still a reason to travel back to this beautiful part of the country.  Maybe next time it will be best to include Cagayan Valley in our itinerary.

Its more fun in Ilocos Norte!!!

Over all Experience:

Super Duper Okei  =) =) =) (People, Food, Attraction)

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