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 →

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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 six in the afternoon the sun was still lingering high over us.  We decided to call it the day and head back... 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: 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 →

ENROUTE: BACOLOD-MANILA-ILOCOS

We've been planning to go to Ilocos for some time... but it never seem to push through for one reason or another.   Luckily, this June... we made it.   All throughout the year, airlines have seat sales... and with enough luck, a round trip plane ticket to Laoag would cost about the same (or... Continue Reading →

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