May 29, 2013

Ilocos Adventure: Places Visited

From May 17 to 19, Celine and I, along with her high school best friends Deci and Lik, went to Ilocos for a weekend tour. I had already blogged about the food we ate during our trip. In this post, I'll list the places we have visited in Ilocos.

Calle Crisologo (Vigan City, Ilocos Sur)
We arrived very early on Friday morning so we had a view of the street when it was still dark and there are not much people. On Sunday noon, we went back but didn't have enough time and it was so hot to walk around and check the stores there.

Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad/St. Augustine Parish (Bantay, Ilocos Sur)
Apo Caridad (Our Lady of Charity) is the Patroness of Ilocandia. We visited the church, the Chapel by the Ruins inside and the Bantay Bell Tower outside.

Baluarte (Ilocos Sur)
Baluarte is a zoo that is open to the public. There are still parts that are under construction though.

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum (Batac, Ilocos Norte)
The Mausoleum is where you can see the body of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. The museum has an entry fee of fifty pesos. It showcases the life of Marcos, along with some memorabilia.

Paoay Church (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)
It is one of the oldest church and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. We went inside and in the garden.

Malacanang of the North (Paoay, Ilocos Norte)
Malacanang of the North was the official residence of Former President Ferdinand Marcos in the North.

Museo Ilocos Norte (Laoag, Ilocos Norte)
Museo Ilocos Norte is a simple museum that showcases the history and life of Ilocanos.

Tobacco Monopoly Monument (Laoag, Ilocos Norte)
It is a landmark constructed as a symbol of the forced planting of tobaccos during the Spanish colonization of the country. Tobacco is one of the products of Ilocos.

Sinking Bell Tower (Laoag, Ilocos Norte)
It is said to be sinking because it has been literally sinking at about an inch a year.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
We climbed until the base of the tower. From there, we can see a good view of the South China Sea.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
You have to walk a few minutes but what you will see is worth it. The rock formations created by nature is just wonderful.

Bangui Windmill (Bangui, Ilocos Norte)
The first and largest in Southeast Asia, the Bangui Windmill provides an alternative source of electricity.

Kabigan Waterfall (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
After around thirty minutes of trekking, we reached the waterfalls. It wasn't that good when we saw it. However, it might only be because there were too many people. The water is cold though and looks clean.

Patapat Viaduct (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
It is a bridge that was built along the mountain.

Bantay Abot Cave (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
Bantay About Cave is another marvel created by nature. Bantay About means a mountain with a hole. The hole was created by an earthquake and the waves.

Blue Lagoon (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
We were able to take a short swim here. The sands are white and the water is clear.

Paoay Sand Dunes (Ilocos Norte)
Paoay Sand Dunes gives you a glimpse of what a desert is. We tried the 4x4 adventure for about thirty minutes. It was one great and thrilling ride!

Note: All the pictures shown above were taken by Celine

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