Now here’s the 3rd and last post of the photos and details of our Ilocandia adventures:
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse:
Also known as Burgos Lighthouse is a historical structure on top of Vigia de Nagpartian Hill in Burgos, Ilocos Norte overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador. This was built during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines and was first lit on March 30, 1892 as a guiding light for Spanish Galleons in the area.
Kapupurawan White Rocks:
White limestones by the sea which are formed due to weather forces. This is a must see place perfect for photo opportunities or to simply behold the amazing and delicate details of Nature’s art.
In the 1990s former Governor Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. aggressively pursued the development of a power plant in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, on account of the insufficient power provided by the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR). This was inaugurated on June 18, 2005 and attended by Former First Lady Imelda Marcos and other distinguished guests. The project still continue today with new additions of wind turbines.
The area is surrounded by thick forest and well known for its concaved basin, located at the eastern part of Barangay Balaoi, about 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) away from the national highway. Kabigan falls is also part of the town of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and a trek going to this falls is usually included in the tricycle tour offered in the area. There is a 20 Pesos/pax entrance fee at the jump-off point where you will be assigned your official trek guide going to the falls. You don’t have to worry about being lost or being conned in the area because the locals organized their official group to guide tourist and receive payment. The trek going to Kabigan Falls takes 30 to 40 minutes mostly of flat area so you’ll have time to enjoy the verdant panorama. Although there is a visible trail going to the falls, you’ll still need a tour guide if it’s your first time there just to be safe.
Built during the Marcos regime, the bridge is elevated 31 meters over sea level. It is a concrete coastal bridge 1.3 km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines
Bantay Abot Cave means “a mountain with a hole.”is not really a cave at all but a hole formed in a rocky hill due to an earthquake many years ago.This is located along the shore of the little town of Baloi in Ilocos Norte. At a distance this looks like a whale covered by greens resting by the bay.
Maira Ira cove/ Blue Lagoon was once a secret beach where locals would often visit to enjoy its creamy sand, breathtaking view and clear blue water and foamy waves. Today resorts abound this area where many tourists would flock in. The most famous of among these is Hannah’s beach resort, in which one of its many beach activity features would be its very long zipline from a hill crossing the beach.
Back to ILOCOS SUR
Calle Crisologo located in the heart of Vigan City’s mestizo district filled with Spanish-style houses evokes a bygone era when its people lived prosperously in grand houses because of the Manila-Acapulco maritime trade.Go back in the time of the Philippine Spanish colonial era through its cobbled pathways by a Calesa ride or simply walking its cobbled path.It is also where one could shop for Vigan’s best products (antiques, abel woven fabrics, bags, basi wine, burnay ,woodcrafts, accessories, sweets, Vigan vinegar ,,chicharon,and Vigan longganisa). Mena Pecson Crisologo is among the most-respected sons of the Ilocos region. He wrote Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararwa, which many compare to Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere; an Ilocano translation of Don Quixote entitled Don Calixtofaro de la Kota Caballero de la Luna; and a zarzuela entitled Codigo Municipal. Near this street is St.Paul Cathedral, which is a major religious landmark completed in 1800. Another one is Plaza Salcedo , which is constructed to honor a foreign conqueror Juan de Salcedo.
Plaza Burgos, a smaller park built to remember the martyrdom of Father Jose P. Burgos, one of Vigan’s illustrious sons put to death by the Spaniards. This place is best-known for its empanadahan (place for eating a local meat and vegetable-filled pastry) and other street food kiosks surrounding the area. This is where we had flavorful local Ilocano dishes for lunch like Poqui Poqui, Sinanglao, Igado, and Dinakdakan. And I also tried their yummy local street ice cream made from carabao’s milk from one of the friendly ice cream vendors.
Hidden Garden Lilong and Lilang restaurant:
This restaurant in Vigan is part of our tour’s itinerary where we had our breakfast. It is quite an interesting place where one could feel like entering a secret garden waiting to be discovered, hence its name.The restaurant-garden is styled in with a Filipino-Balinese like ambiance with its greeneries, clay pots, asian idols, nipa huts, wooden furnitures, colorful lamps, and more. It is such a resting and romantic place, although it was crowded with tourists during the hour that we went there. I must say I am impressed with the surroundings, though not so much with the Vigan Longganisa that I ordered, it simply doesn’t satisfy my palate, because it tasted differently from the usual Ilocano style longganisa I’m used to. Good thing I also ordered their crunchy bagnet which I ate heartily.
One Ponar Place Bed and Breakfast:
By the way here’s where we stayed during our Ilocos escapade, One Ponar Place Bed and Breakfast. This is located in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, this may not yet be the number one hotel in the area, but we definitely had a good experience during our stay here. The hotel is small but nicely decorated and charming, with clean and well appointed rooms plus strong air conditioning units giving us a good night’s sleep hehe. Their staff are accomodating, hospitable, helpful and greeted us always with cheerful smiles after each tiring day. I also miss their Vigan Longganisa and Four Seasons drinks served in their pleasantly sunny garden lanai ( breakfast choices are already included in the package).Thumbs up, and I would definitely want to go back here again!
From Norte to Sur.. I love Ilocos! We love Ilocos!
Oh I only edited all of these from my i-phone so sorry for some pixelated photos.. 🙂
Hidden Garden Lilong and Lilang Restaurant:
address ~ Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
contact number ~ (077) 722-1450
One Ponar Place Bed and Breakfast:
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/OnePonarPlaceHotel
address~ Brgy. 2 Pila Road San Joaquina Laoag City, 2900 Laoag, Laoag, Philippines
contact number~ (077) 772 2940
Special Thanks to the following for giving us a really fun and memorable Ilocos trip!
Maria Rona Beltran of Travel Maria: http://www.mariaronabeltran.com/
Saint Michael Explorer Travel and Tours: