There must be some logical explanation why people love really big things. Now that we’re in the midst of a really hot Philippine summer, perhaps it would be refreshing to be cooled by a huge electric fan. But while the huge structures in Bangui, Ilocos Norte may resemble gigantic electric fans, they are really wind mills meant to generate electricity to power our gadgets, including, well, electric fans.
Apologies for this preoccupation about fans, but that’s just how these monsters look like. It’s hard to miss them when you’re going to to Pagudpud beach (two towns away). Plus, the town of Bangui — where the windmills are found — is just beside Burgos, the home of Cape Bojeador lighthouse, reportedly the oldest working lighthouse in Asia, and it’s just under one hour from Laoag, Ilocos Norte (around 10 hours from Manila).
There’s a platform along the highway where you could watch the windmills of Bangui from a distance. Unless you have telephoto lens, you’ll have tiny fans on your sights. Whatever lens you have, however, it’s always better to look at the structure up close and personal.
It’s only up close where you can see the full majesty of these 3-bladed humongous monsters.
I forgot the name of the barangay in Bangui where the gravel road leads to the beach that is home of the windmills. Just ask for directions (although I must say we had a hard time looking for people to ask, as there’s a few souls beside the road, or maybe it was because pre-Good Friday practices kept them inside the house or the church).
The road towards the base of the windmills cuts across a narrow stretch of rice field, then through a low hill with small trees at both sides. Birdwatchers would probably notice the birds perched on the branches and on the road itself. There was a blue kingfisher. There were other birds, but I really don’t know their names.
The windmills emerge after going over the hill. Cross the mini-sand dunes and you’re within a stone’s throw away from the base of a windmill. There, under the shadow of the giant windmills, you’ll have all the time to marvel at man’s ingenuity. Now, let’s see if they can create a giant aircon for the entire Metro Manila.