Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ILOCOS: A wonderful Land of the North

This 4 nights-3days trip was happened last November 11 to 14, 2013.
We booked a promo Cebu Pacific plane tickets from Manila to Laoag.
We left Manila at 7:05PM then arrived around 8:10PM in Laoag International airport.
My travel buddy, Ate Cindy Rose Santillana

Welcome to Laoag City!


Vigan City Tour Destinations
Burgos Museum 
Crisologo Museum

Heritage village

Saint Pauls Cathedral/Bantay Church

Baluarte Ni Chavit

Syquia Mansion/Hidden Garden
Heritage Village/

Vigan City is the capital city of Ilocos Sur and the seat of the provincial government. The city is located at the western coast of the large island of Luzon and is facing the South China Sea and is 408 kilometers northwest of Manila. The name Vigan came from the Ilocano word "kabiga-an" pertaining to the plant "biga" which is a tuberous plant that once grew along the banks of its rivers.

It was once a thriving center for trade and commerce among the people of Ilocandia and the Cordilleras. Vigan is situated at the delta of the Abra River going to the South China Sea. This position at the mouth of the river connected to the China Sea has made trade feasible and convenient with other islands and with China. Vigan was where Juan de Salcedo established the Spanish government of Ilocos and was made the seat of the Bishopric of Nueva Segovia in 1778. It became the center of Spanish rule and influence and the preaching of Catholicism and pacification movements in the Ilocos Region.  

Inside the Saint Paul Cathedral

Vintage-like MC Donalds in the City of Vigan!

Yey! Bah!

OH! Vintage National Bookstore?

Yeah, this is a type writer.....so vintage! (Tak, tak, tak)

Caruaje came from Spanish word Carruaje which means carriage in English. Carriage is a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses (click this for my source).

A kalesa or calesa (sometimes called a caritela/karitela) is a horse drawn calash (carriage) used here in the Philippines. The word, also spelled calesa, predates the Spanish conquest and descends ultimately from an Old Church Slavonic word meaning "wheels." This was one of the modes of transportation introduced in the Philippines in the 18th century by the Spaniards that only nobles and high-ranked officials could afford. They are rarely used in the streets nowadays except in tourist spots and some rural areas.
Source: Kalesa or Calesa

These jars are made of mud clays. According to our guide, this mud came from the farms somewhere in Ilocos Sur (He didn't specify the exact location).

muddy clay

Welcome to Baluarte!

Baluarte is an 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.

Located along the western seaboard of Northern Luzon 408 kilometers north of Manila, bounded in the South by South China Sea, Baluarte has its breathtaking view of Vigan City. Baluarte is open to the public and the admission is FREE. According to their website, "it is actually Governor Chavit's gift to the people of Vigan where residents are accorded free use of spaces for their livelihood programs."

Source: Baluarte



Laoag Tour Destinations

Paoay church

Malacanang of the North/Fort Ilocandia

Marcos Museum/Marcos Photo Gallery
Sinking Bell Tower
Saint Williams Cathedral/Santa Monica Church
Paoay Lake
Tobacco Monopoly/Aurora Park
Ilocos Museum  

The City of Laoag (Ilokano: Ciudad ti Laoag; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Laoag) is a third class city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province' political, commercial, and industrial hub. It is the northernmost city in the Philippines and the location of the Ilocos region's only commercial airport. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 104,904 people.

The Church of Saint Augustine, commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic parish church of the municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.

Source: Paoay Church


Malacañang of the North or Malacanang ti Amianan in Ilocano is always present in everyone’s itinerary when planning or visiting the northern province of Ilocos Norte. It is also dubbed as “Marcos Country”, Ilocos Norte because it is a home to many remnants of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Masters' Bedroom of former President Ferdinand Marcos and former first lady Imelda Marcos.


Pauquin Biscocho Bakery Shop
Cape bojeador Light House
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation,White Rock formation
Bangui Windmills
Patapat Viaduct
Blue Lagoon
Zipline @ Hannah's Place
Paraiso Ni Anton
Pagudpud Beach Resort/Swimming 

He is LAM-ANG, a popular character in an epic Ilocano poem entitled "BIAG NI LAM-ANG" which means the life of Lam-Ang in English.

This place amazed me so much!

The Kapurpurawan rock formation is located on the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It is known for its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations, which have been sculpted by different oceanic and weather forces. Burgos is located on the northwestern tip of Ilocos Norte.

Next Destination: BLUE LAGOON in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

The beautiful cove named Maira-ira Beach lies in Maira-ira Point, the northern tip of Pagudpud. This beach is more popularly known as Blue Lagoon and is one of the many attractions that the Province of Ilocos Norte has to offer. It has a long stretch of white sands kissed by clear, turquoise blue water. It  is one of the destinations usually included in the North Tour Package offered in Pagudpud.


Welcome to Hannah's Resort!

No, I am not in the US, I'm just here in the Philippines.

We tried sand boarding and we rode on a 4 by 4 Jeep. However, photos are not yet included here because I don't have some copies yet. I'll post a separate blog about that soon!

This is my blog about our sand boarding activity: (please click-->)SANDBOARDING

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