ENROUTE: BACOLOD-DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR

Our plan was to leave Bacolod for Dumaguete at 3:00 a.m.  We estimated our travel time to be between 4-5 hours to get to Dumaguete City via Mabinay.  It was already 4:00 a.m. when… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: MALACANANG OF THE NORTH

There’s more to see in Paoay than just the famous Paoay Church.  On the way back to Manila we had to make a last stop at one of many houses of the late… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: LA PRECIOSA RESTAURANT

Still in Laoag.  It was almost noon when we left the market.  We decided to have lunch before going back to the hotel.  We drove around for a couple of minutes not knowing… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: LAOAG PUBLIC MARKET

On our last day, we headed off to the market to buy pasulubong.  The market was clean… but after two days of hiking and walking around Ilocos, I wasn’t so happy to find… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: SUNSET AT CAPE BOJEADOR

We waited for the sun to set at Bangui wind farm for as long as we could.  Was dreaming of the windmills against a red-orange washed sky.  It seemed to take forever.  By… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: THE WINDMILLS OF BANGUI

Standing along the coast of Bangui, Ilocos Norte are what looks like 20 “giant electric fans.” While driving along the highway, one could see the blades of the windmills slowly spinning.  Travelers often… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: PATAPAT VIADUCT

We purposely drove to the farthest end of Ilocos to see a bridge.  The Patapat Viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.  It is elevated 31 meters over sea level, is 1.3 km… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: BERGBLICK RESTAURANT

Dead tired, sweating, aching limbs, sunburnt… we climb back to our vehicle and drove off somewhere for lunch — rather late lunch.  I wasn’t really hungry since I’ve been downing bottles after bottles… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION

The word kapurpurawan means kaputian or whiteness in Ilokano.  The place was named as such due to the different majestic white lime stone formations in the area.  Located in the town of Burgos,… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

Managed to wake up in time to watch the dawn break over Laoag.  But between taking turns in the bathroom and the conversation over breakfast, it was past nine in the morning when… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: HERENCIA RESTAURANT

Home of Pinakbet Pizza., it said on the signe.  We were not going to pass upon the chance to sample that.  My friends will not let me get away with this one either.… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: PAOAY CHURCH

Our 6th stop for the trip was the town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte.  Another church! I told myself.  Every town we have passed had an old church — at least one.  We… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: THE MARCOS MUSEUM AND MAUSOLEUM

After finally reaching the province of Ilocos Norte, we headed to the town of Batac… and to one of the many houses owned by the Marcoses.  Dark gray clouds started to appear and… Continue reading

VIGAN: CALLE CRISOLOGO

Probably, the most recognizable place in Vigan (at least for first timers or those who love travel photos) would be Calle Crisologo.   Four blocks of cobblestone streets lined with heritage houses of the… Continue reading

VIGAN: OKOY

Sold along side the popular Vigan empanada in the Empanadahan in the plaza area, Okoy is crispy shrimp fritter  and served with sukang (vinegar) Ilocos with garlic, onion and hot chili.  It’s a popular… Continue reading

VIGAN: EMPANADA

When Atty. Leezl asked what we wanted to see or do in Ilocos, I told her it was up to her as long as we get to have empanada, okoy and bagnet.=P We reached Vigan… Continue reading

ILOCOS SUR: BANTAY CHURCH

Another church.  This seems to be turning out like a Visita Iglesia.  This time, we headed to the town of Bantay, Ilocos Sur.    Located at the Northeast of Vigan City, it is… Continue reading

ILOCOS NORTE: STA. MARIA CHURCH

I knew that Ilocos had a lot of old churches but had no idea where and what they were, except probably for Paoay Church. First stop of our tour was the town of… Continue reading