Tag Archives: Ilocos

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

Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

People travel for different reasons, which, in turn, determine the number of pax in the group. Those who seek to reflect and relax may want to travel alone. Those who want to have a lovely time may want to travel in pairs. Then there are those who, God knows what their reason for travel may be, want to spend the time on the road with the barkada. Bad idea. We’re going to tell you the reasons why, and convince you that, you should NOT travel with your barkada. Continue reading Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Not Travel with Your Friends: Philippine Travel Stories

We Will Rock You: Philippine Travel Stories

We don’t get tired of talking about Philippine travel photos, especially the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Whether we’re stuck in traffic or doing our daily ritual in the “throne room,” we scan the photos. It’s fun and, compared to, say, watching a movie or a concert, watching these photos is free. And these photos rock! Continue reading We Will Rock You: 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

Red Velvet + Ube + Bagnet + Ilocos Taste = Victorino’s

Happiness is a matter of perspective. We love the spontaneity in travel and we love surprises when in comes to food. We’ve long ago decided to embrace the curve balls, good and bad, life throws our way. Ready to deal with the bad times, happier to deal with the good times. So how happy can we get with the evening surprise we discovered at the Ilocano culinary stronghold of Victorino’s? Continue reading Red Velvet + Ube + Bagnet + Ilocos Taste = Victorino’s

Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

Support and vote for Vigan City. Tell others and “convince” them to vote for Vigan City. We need to spread the word and vote for Vigan City as the Philippines’ only entry in the New7Wonders Cities. It started with the Nomination Phase (more than 1200 nominees from more than 220 countries), followed by the Qualification Phase and the shortlisting to 28 official finalist candidates (although we’ve counted only up to 21). The Philippines was part of the New7Wonders of Nature with the Puerto Princesa Underground River. See below on how to vote for Vigan. Continue reading Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

Pasong Diego-Gabriela Silang (Santa, Ilocos Sur)

“That’s where Gabriela Silang was hanged,” said a friend referring to a spot somewhere along the national highway in Santa, Ilocos Sur. The place overlooks the sea, with what looks like a historical marker erected beside the road. It is indeed a marker, although painted gold, the only one we’ve seen, in contrast to the usual historical marker with white letters and black background. On the other hand, it turned out that this is not the place where Gabriela Silang was hanged. Continue reading Pasong Diego-Gabriela Silang (Santa, Ilocos Sur)

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