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 hovered over the town.  Fortunately, we were able to find parking space a few meters from the entrance of the museum.  The... Continue Reading →

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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 families of the Filipino-Chinese traders who rose to prominence during that time of vigorous trading in abel cloth, indigo, gold, tobacco and... 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 snack or in some cases, viand consists of small fresh shrimps with shell,  glutinous rice batter and deep fried into a round form.  In Vigan, kutchay is... 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 around 12:00nn.   There wasn't any argument what we wanted for lunch.  We headed to Vigan Empanadahan in the plaza, near of... 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 considered as the "gateway' of the province's capital. Built in 1590, the St. Augustine Church or Bantay Church is considered one of the oldest churches... 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 Sta. Maria in Ilocos Sur.  We parked in the grounds of the town hall and walked towards the Iglesia de Nuesta Señora de... Continue Reading →

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