ILOCOS NORTE: PATAPAT VIADUCT

IMG_7064We 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 through Northern Luzon.  The Patapat Viaduct in the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region.

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I’ve seen photos of the viaduct in the internet as well as in our hotel, hanged along with photos of other attractions in Ilocos.  Now, I understand why people were fascinated with this long stretch of highway.  It was built to conform to the winding mountain side of the northern most section of Ilocos mainly to solve the problem of landslide that plagued motorists in this area which have caused vehicular accidents in the past.  It also gives one a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay and the lush green mountain on the other side.

There was another vehicle parked a few meters away from us when we arrived.  There was no no doubt that they were travelers/tourists like us.  They were busy taking photos as well.  Part of the fun was dodging and watching out for other vehicles passing by.  The place was perfect for photo ops.  Syempre! Kanya kanya din kami ng pose at kuha! But you must keep in mind that it is a highway and you should steer clear to any fast driving vehicles to avoid from being side swept or hit.

feel na feel ang pagpopose
feel na feel ang pagpopose
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wacky naman!

ILOCOS NORTE: BERGBLICK RESTAURANT

IMG_7042Dead 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 out of the sun’s reach.  The coastal view of Burgos was soon replaced by the mountainscape and rice fields of Pagudpod.

We didn’t know what to make of Atty. Leezl’s statement about German.  Soon we found ourselves  in Barangay Burayoc in Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte.  We parked in front of a quaint little (not so little) cottage along the road with a billboard that said BerBlick Restaurant… though it was the bagnet on top of the pinakbet that caught my attention first.  They said we were three minutes away from Saud Beach but there was not no beach in sight.  In fact we were facing the Cordillera mountains.  There were a number of vehicles parked outside… and it seemed to be the only establishment along this stretch.  Luckily we found a seats since most of the diners were beginning to leave.

The menu was a combination of German and Ilocano specialties.  There was pasta and dessert as well.  We decided to try a little bit of everything… ordered food for sharing.

We kind of ordered more food than we can handle.  Bagnet was still the best-seller for our group.  Everyone agreed that the pan-fried potatoes served with the BergBlick Pan and the Roast Pork was flavorful and complimented the meat.  Over-all the food was good  though I was kind of disappointed that the sausage in the BergBlick Pan was a regular hotdog.  The price was a little steep but considering the large serving, most orders were good for 2-3 people, it was reasonable.  We wanted to try out dessert but there was hardly any room for more.  

The place was really cozy… cushioned seats, the table were neatly set, cute decors… most importantly, clean bathrooms.  It’s worth stopping after a long drive and before going to your next destination.  Something of surprise tucked in the middle of nowhere.