Tag Archives: Ilocos Norte

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

Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

A lighthouse, parola in Filipino and other dialects in the Philippines (and in Spanish, I suppose) guides ships and anyone at sea. The Philippines is an archipelago, composed of thousands of islands and, quite understandably, a large number of lighthouses. I’ll be surprised to know if you haven’t seen a lighthouse. Continue reading Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

Bangui Wind Mills (Ilocos Norte)

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. Continue reading Bangui Wind Mills (Ilocos Norte)

Churches of Ilocos: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

There’s so much to write about in a trip through Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Some of the places in Ilocos deserve a separate post, like Pagudpud, while others are lumped according to category just to have a semblance of order. Let’s discuss the different churches in this post. This may be timely for those who wish to visit different churches (visita iglesia) this Holy Week. Continue reading Churches of Ilocos: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

One yardstick of a great destination, in my book, is when it’s somewhere I don’t mind driving straight for hours, get immersed in the splendor of the place for an hour or so, pack up then go home. Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte) definitely fits that standard, although the beauty of this destination is not limited to the wide open and smooth country roads, the nice views along the way, or the compelling history of the place and its people. Continue reading Blue Lagoon at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte