Tag Archives: Ilocos Norte

Pag Lumingon Ka, Akin Ka: Philippine Travel Stories

We’ve heard the line before, usually whispered or silently running through our head, when we’re waiting for someone, with whom we’re interested in, to look our way. This became a catchphrase with the release of the 2011 movie “In The Name of Love,” with Aga Muhlach and Angel Locsin in the leading roles. Kapag lumingon ka, akin ka! (If you glance back at me, you’re mine). Continue reading Pag Lumingon Ka, Akin Ka: Philippine Travel Stories

The Windmills of Ilocos: Philippine Travel Stories

Windmills in the Philippines will always be associated with the province of Ilocos. These giant windmills not only general electricity, these marvels of engineering have also become bona fide tourist attractions. A happy mix of energy and happiness. Let’s feature the VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos of Philippine windmills. Continue reading The Windmills of Ilocos: Philippine Travel Stories

15 Most Favorite Comfort Food: Philippine Travel Stories

There was a time when we must take a photo of our food before anybody even thinks of touching it. Those days are gone. These days, we rarely feature food, even in travel stories. We’re going to change all that. Let’s start with the Top 15 Favorite Comfort Food, through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading 15 Most Favorite Comfort Food: Philippine Travel Stories

Sleepy in Bikini: Philippine Beach Travel Stories

Should we feature bikini photos? That’s our internal topic of debate over the entire weekend (feel free to weigh in through the comment section below). For one, a bikini is just another piece of clothing, common in a tropical country like the Philippines. Two, the Philippines has hundreds of beautiful beaches, many among the best in the world, and a bikini is a perfect wear on a sunny beach to get a good tan. Three, these Philippine travelers are comfortable with their bodies and we can’t act like prudes in this modern day. There other reasons, for or against, thrown in the ring, but the resolution is obviously to feature the bikini-inspired VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading Sleepy in Bikini: Philippine Beach Travel Stories

Pretty in Orange: Philippine Travel Stories

There’s something mesmerizing about orange or any its shades and related hues. Fiery and sexy, yet serene and wholesome at the same time. We’ve featured a lot of those hues, VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. We’ve found a whole lot of those beautiful hues and it’s a sin not to feature the rest of those Philippine travel photos. So, here we go. Continue reading Pretty in Orange: Philippine Travel Stories

Be Happy, through the Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte: Photo of the Day

Feeling blue? Now, don’t be sad. It’s hard to be sad seeing the beautiful wonders of the Philippines. Go back in time and live history by driving through Ilocos, or marvel at how lovely modern technology can be when superimposed against a picturesque landscape. Beach and windmills, they appear to go beautifully together, as we can see from this photo in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, courtesy of Mary Oh (check her Instagram account, @maryoohhh, for more photos). So, my dear, don’t be sad; go out and see the beauty of the Philippines. Have fun! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Be Happy, through the Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte: Photo of the Day

VisitPinas Itinerary for a 3-day Ilocos Trip

The itinerary for Ilocos. We’ve lightly touched this matter in various articles but never found the time to paint the entire picture. This is long overdue especially considering that the Legaspi/Donsol itinerary is already done even before the planned trip. Like the Donsol land trip, Ilocos is an adventure by its sheer distance alone. The end of the trip, in Pagudpud, brought us practically to the end of the major Philippine land mass (there’s Batanes, but that’s an island outside of Luzon). Continue reading VisitPinas Itinerary for a 3-day Ilocos Trip

Experiencing History at Museo Ilocos Norte

Places that have a deep sense of history, and pride in that history, often have museums. I could be wrong, of course, but that’s how I see it. We have the the more serious National Museum and the meant-to-be-experienced Museong Pambata. We also have museums dedicated to a specific person, like the Marcos Museum (Batac), Crisologo Museum  (Vigan) and the Syquia Mansion Museum (Vigan). Continue reading Experiencing History at Museo Ilocos Norte

The Golden Sand Dunes of La Paz, Ilocos Norte

A desert in a foreign country. This is the weird feeling while standing in the middle of the towering sand dunes. It seems some post-civilization inhabitants would grab our gear and leave us to die. Or a young lady with a mole on her face (if you have someone in mind, no, not that lady) would suddenly emerge and shout: “Walang himala!” This is not the work of my imagination. I’ve seen it before. Continue reading The Golden Sand Dunes of La Paz, Ilocos Norte