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NATURE UNLTD IN SAGADA

Trekking. Hiking. Spelunking. Food. That's Sagada.

WIND AND MORE IN ILOCOS

Life is a wind. Get that in Ilocos Region.

BOLINAO FALLS

If you think golden sand beaches are the only tourist spots, think again. Bolinao is falls too.

AMBUKLAO WATER RESERVOIR

If you just want to see a sky-mountain-lake landscape, then head to Bokod, Benguet.

DASOL HIDEAWAY

In this simple town of Dasol, Pangasinan lies an unspoiled island paradise sprinkled with white sands and a total half of mysteriously formed rock formations.

HUNDRED ISLANDS, PANGASINAN

The Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan is one of the many tourist attractions in Luzon Island. Give yourself a summer treat; enjoy island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.

Oct 31, 2013

Revisiting Paoay Church: That Old Piece of Awesomeness in Ilocos Norte

One of the earliest baroque churches in the Philippines is the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte.


So that ala Amazing Race kinda tour in Vigan prompted us to further reach the north of the North—Ilocos Norte. Our last destination in Ilocos Sur was a zooey walk inside Baluarte. I said this was an Amazing Race-like of tour because this was my first ever, most haggard trip of the year (would I have an award?) because, imagine, we have to see many tourist spots in Ilocos Region that extends up to Pagudpud. In one day. Ilocos in one day. So just be it—at least for the next leg, I saw for another time the grandeur architecture of Paoay Church.

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Oct 12, 2013

Animals and More at Baluarte in Vigan


Jurassic-themed part in Baluarte, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

Hayuuuup! So it’s not just about visiting the heritage sites of Vigan. Vigan is also the home of “Baluarte”, a zoo owned by a politician whose roots were from this region. There is no entrance fee in Baluarte so when you are in Ilocos Sur for a trip, don’t miss this out.

Oct 8, 2013

Ride Our Way to Calle Crisologo, A Spanish Street in Vigan


Calle Crisologo is the main attraction in Vigan City.

One of the must see historical landmarks is the Bantay Church and Belfry. One of the must try activities is touring Vigan City on a kalesa. But then your Vigan City tour will never be complete unless you visit the most popular historical landmark where old ancestral houses and century old structures rest. This is also where you can buy pasalubong and souvenirs. It’s no other than a Spanish street under the ancient title “Calle Crisologo”.

Bantay Church and the Belfry: Reminiscent Structures of Ilocos



 
Bantay Church in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
When you hear the place “Vigan”, your mind automatically thinks of a place where old structures rest. Pieces of jigsaw are likened to the deep-rooted buildings and towers of this northern city which make up a heritage site. One reason of visiting Vigan City is to see its antique structures, such as the St. Augustine Church in Bantay District (or simply Bantay Church) and its famous Bantay Belfry. Who will forget a scenic bell tower that rose from a hilly part in Vigan?

Oct 5, 2013

A Kalesa Ride to the Past of Vigan


Kalesa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan is never Vigan without a kalesa ride. A “kalesa” is a horse-drawn carriage and is an old mode of transportation. Kalesas are mixed with the present transport modes as tricycles and jeepneys. While it is not the main mode of moving from one place to another, the government of Vigan has preserved this type for tourists who want to experience a plain ride to the past of the city.