Ilocos Tour : Pagudpud, Laoag, Vigan – 2017, July 14 to 16
One of the best weekends was being able to explore Ilocos. The home of the Marcos. I haven’t really been able to explore the northern part of Luzon so when this chance to explore Pagudpud, Laoag and Vigan in Ilocos came up. It was a trip I did not want to miss.
Ilocos Tour Itinerary
Day 0 – July 13
11pm – Left Cubao, Quezon CIty
Day 1 – July 14
6am – Ilocos Norte Ark
7am – Paoay Church / Breakfast @ Park and Shop Foodhouse
9am – Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure (Sandboarding, 4×4 and ATV)
11am – Malacañang of the North
12pm – Lunch
1pm – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
2pm – Horseback Riding / Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
3pm – Bangui Windmills
4pm – Hannah’s Beach Resort (Theme Park, Zipline, 4×4 ATV, Range Shooting,etc)
Day 2 – July 15
8am – Bantay Abot Cave
9am – Patapat Bridge/Viaduct
11am – Pagudpud’s Arc
12pm – Laoag City, Ilocos Norte City Center
1pm – Bantay Bell Tower and Church
2pm – Chavit Singson’s Baluarte Zoo
3pm- Hidden Garden
4pm – RG Jar Factory
5pm – Vigan’s Bagnet and Longanisa Factory
6pm – Check in to Transient House
8pm – Vigan’s Dancing Fountain
Day 3 – July 16
9am – Calle Crisologo
10am – Bantay Bridge
Going back to Manila – Arrived at about 8pm
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Paoay – Ilocos Norte
We left Cubao at about 11pm and at around 6am, we got to the Welcome to Ilocos Norte Ark. We then went straight to Paoay church and had breakfast at a nearby place
Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure – Ilocos Norte
After breakfast, we went to go to our Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure. It was an amazing view of vast sand where you can ride 4×4 and go around rough riding. We screamed in excitement as the 4×4 went on steep sand ridges. You can do sandboarding and also visit the beach side.
Sandboarding and 4×4 Experience
Malacañang of the North – Ilocos Norte
Our next stop was the Malacañang of the North. The official residence of President Marcos’s family when they were staying in Ilocos Norte. A two story mansion with every room having a theme of historical events from the Marcos era.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse – Ilocos Norte
We had our lunch then we went to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It’s also know as the Burgos Lighthouse. A cultural heritage that was established during the Spanish Colonial period. The light from it marks the northwestern-most point in Luzon. It is still active and serves ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation – Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation is known for its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations. These have have been sculpted by different oceanic and weather forces. We did some horseback riding to travel around and see the rock formation around the place. You can walk if you wish to but the hot sun and long walks may not be that suitable for those not up for it.
Bangui Windmills – Ilocos Norte
The Bangui Windmills is also know as the Bangui Wind Farm. It’s arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.
Hannah’s Beach Resort (Theme Park, Zipline, 4×4 ATV, Range Shooting,etc) – Pagudpud
Soon enough, everyone was tired and we went to check in to our transient house just beside Hannah’s Beach Resort. Hannah’s Beach resort has the longest zipline above water, 4×4 ATV, range shooting, grand theme park and other activities that you can do. It’s said to be a little paradise, a crown jewel of Ilocos Norte.
The World’s Longest Zipline above Water – about 1.7 kms:
Bantay Abot Cave – Pagudpud
The next day, we dropped by Bantay Abot Cave. The cave is enclosed by rock structures. Get you pictures taken by some local kids. You’ll be surprised of their creativity on taking your photos.
Patapat Bridge/Viaduct – Pagudpud
Patapat Viaduct is a concrete coastal bridge that is 1.3 kms long. Itconnects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Region to Cagayan Valley.
We then dropped by Pagudpud’s Arc to take some pictures.
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte – Laoag
We had our lunch in the city center of Laoag City and went around the capital
Bantay Bell Church and Tower – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Bantay Bell Church is commonly known as Saint Augustine Parish Church. It’s also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity. It houses the miraculous image of Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Charity, crowned as the patroness of Ilocandia. The Bantay Bell served as a watchtower for pirates back in the Spanish colonial time.
Chavit Singson’s Baluarte Zoo – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Baluarte Zoo houses Chavit Singson’s hunting trophy collection. It’s an interactive zoo that promotes conservation and protection of endangered species.
Hidden Garden – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
A beautiful garden at the center of Vigan. It houses not just these amazing plants but also a Vigan local restaurant. You can find their food specialties along with a good view and relaxing massage if you wish.
RG Jar Factory – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
The next place we visited is a Jar Factory where they will show you and even experience pottery yourself! You can bring home the jar you have made if your wish.
Vigan’s Bagnet and Longanisa Factory – Ilocos Sur
Of course you would not miss out on getting their food specialty – Vigan’s Bagnet and Longanisa. We dropped by and got ourselves some as pasalubong and pulutan.
Vigan’s Dancing Fountain – Ilocos Sur
The tourist spot at night would be Vigan’s Musical Dancing Fountain. Make sure you don’t miss it when you are in Vigan.
Calle Crisologo – Vigan, Ilocos Sur
One of Vigan’s major attraction is Calle Crisologo. For those who want to experience being transported back to this period in Philippine Spanish colonial time, a walk or a calesa ride through Vigan’s Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo Street is the place to go to. It’s a district filled with Spanish style houses. It’s also a place where you can buy your pasalubong before you go home.
Bantay Bridge – Ilocos Sur
Bantay Bridge is considered one of the country’s most beautiful bridge connecting two beautiful transcending rocky mountain slopes of the town of Santa and the tail end of Bantay, both in Ilocos Sur. It used to be called Banaoang Bridge and Old Quirino Bridge named after the late former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino, who was from Vigan.
This is one of the most amazing and electrifying journeys I have been. It’s like visiting history that will give you a sense of admiration and excitement.
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