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 Ferdinand Marcos that was built or maintained during his 20 year reign in power, the "Malacanang ti Amianan" or the Malacanang of... Continue Reading →

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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 where we were going to eat.  We drove past the emapanada stalls in the city but everyone was still sweating after the... 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 more stairs.  Their market actually have several floors. so we went up to flights of stairs and found the meat section... on... 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 content themselves with this distant view.   From the Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpod, we decided to skip going to Saud beach... opting... 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 concrete coastal bridge.  It rises along the town's coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes... 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 of liquid after the trek from the rocks.  I was just happy to be enjoying the cool air conditioning inside car and... 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, Ilocos Norte, the unusual rock formations are a sight straight out of a sci fi movie... Tantooinish somehow. It was a short... Continue Reading →

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