Hi Folks! This is a very late post. My friends and I had finally had the chance to go to Ilocos Province last May to experience Ilocandia. It has been a long overdue trip that I had been planning a few years. Finally, I was able to go and meet my friend who lives in Vigan after 6 long years. I must say I had a great time.
We left for Ilocos on May 2 between 7-8PM. We chose to go there via land because the trip was supposed to be a budget travel. So, we boarded the Farinas bus going to Laoag. Our first stop was Vigan because we would like to experience the Binatbatan Festival even just for a day.
We arrived at about 3:30 AM in Bantay where we were met by my long time friend, Jeriz. She was kind enough to offer her house for us to stay while we were in Vigan. Thanks to TPLEX, the supposedly 8-9 hours long trip was cut to 6 hours or more. We slept for a few hours and headed for the most awaited tour of the city.
Here are some of my photos during the trip:
With my long time friend, Jeriz at Plaza Salcedo. We finally saw each other again after 6 long years.
Calle Crisologo during the day.
We toured the city riding a calesa. It was a very relaxing experience listening to the horseshoe sound as we pass by the old hispanic structures.
And the food, too.
Pagburnayan (place where clay jars where made)
We were also able to witness the annual street dancing competition for Binatbatan Festival.
We also went to Baluarte of Gov. Chavit Singson.
Calle Crisologo looks great at night.
Plaza Salcedo’s Dancing Fountain
Finally, we didn’t miss the chance to see the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo and Calle Crisologo at night. The street was packed during that time because the Ms. Earth contestants were also there during that time.
We woke up early to go to Pagudpud next morning. It was a grueling 2 and a half hours ride going to Laoag and another 2 hours to Pagudpud. We took the first bus that we saw to Laoag and boy! it was a huge mistake. The first bus that we chanced upon was an ordinary bus and we didn’t know that it would pick up every person it passes by. Thus, the long trip so when we finally arrived, we just took our lunch and headed for the tour.
Our first stop was Kabigan falls. We had to trek for 30 minutes to get to the site.
Bantay Abot Cave
Was finally able to personally see Cape Bojeador. Unfortunately, it was currently being restored and we were not allowed to climb the lighthouse.
It was also my dream to see the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation with my own eyes and I was just so happy that it came true.
I was so worried that we might not be able to make it to the Bangui Windmills because we started really late on our tour. I was just so glad that we were able to witness the sunset here and capture it.
The tour was exhausting but really worth it.
That capped our second day in Ilocos and spent another 1 and a half hours of travel going back to our accommodation in Saud beach.
Half of the Laoag tour felt that it dragged the day. Maybe I was just not into visiting museums. So,we all agreed to just skip the museums and asked our guide to just go on with the tour minus the museums.
Our first stop. This was the Marcos’ Residence in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte and now a museum. I forgot what it was called.
Sta. Monica Church Sarrat, Ilocos Norte
View from the Malacanang of the North
Photo op inside the Malacanang of the North.
Bell Tower of Paoay Church. Errrr… not entirely sure. hehehe.
This was the most exciting thing we did in Laoag. The La Paz Sand Dunes 4×4 experience.
With Kuya Glenn, our 4×4 driver
We also tried their ATV.
It was indeed an awesome 3 day stay. Thank you Ilocandia for the experience.