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.

The Bangui wind farm, the first in the Philippines and in Asia, started operating in 2005. It started with 15 on-shore turbines, with 5 more added by the end of 2008.

[Photo below by: Ciara Vibal (check her Instagram account, @ciaraviii, for more photos)]

These turbines stand on a 70-meter high base, spaced 236 meters apart, in a single line, so there’s a lot of space for creativity in capturing beautiful photos, with or without people in these photographs. The picture will remain lovely.

These wind mills stick out like sore thumbs, except in a good way. If people prefer the tall, dark and handsome in their mates, these wind mills are, well, really tall, but white, and pretty. It’s difficult to miss these white humungous steel structures, against a background of green foliage on the land-side, the bluish-green background provided by the West Philippine Sea, and growing out of the white-beige sands of the Bangui coastline.

[Photo below by: Hans Onin Ulep (check his Instagram account, @hanssonin, for more photos)]

Now there are 50 of these wind turbines, we’ve heard. We stopped counting. They seem to be adding new turbines every so often, even off the beach. Turn a curve on the main highway and white turbine appears over the hill. They’re everywhere now.

We don’t know if we should be happy or not, because too much of everything turns a thing of beauty into a curse. These beautiful giants might just turn into ugly monsters. Each wind mill blade is 41 meters long, and there are three blade per wind mill.

[Photo below by TheWorking Title (check his Instagram account, @cjaypatron, for more photos)]

The yaw mechanism, that contraption which turns the blades into the wind, is found at the base where the three blades meet. So, you see, you must realize that the face of these windmills, if we can just conveniently call it a face, turns towards the wind. It’s not entirely like taking photos of a stationary subject. This one is like a living creature, with its angles and moods.

[Photo below by Vince Brian Official (check his Instagram account, @invincible025, for more photos)]

While we said that windmills is usually associated with the province of Ilocos, we didn’t say windmills can only be found in Ilocos.

Windmills can now be found in other areas of the Philippines. For instance, there are 27 windmills in the island-province of Guimaras, more well-known for its mangoes.  Here’s one of the Guimaras windmills, photo courtesy of @desinwander.

We are going to update this post, so tag us with your windmill photos.

[Photos reproduced with permission (thanks). Tag your Philippine travel photos with #visitpinas so we can track it down. Photos will be featured in this blog’s photo of the day and in instagram/VisitPinas, facebook/VisitPinas, twitter/VisitPinas.]

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