Wednesday, March 21, 2012


We didn't know what plan my friend had when we visited Pagudpud. I was actually looking forward to staying in a grand resort where we can bask and enjoy the sun.

Instead of a private resort my friend brought us in a public beach where we paid just Php20 per head. Kids below 6 are free.

I thought we'd never enjoy for there were plenty of tourists that day, I was wrong. We, especially the kids, enjoyed swimming and playing.

Watching the sun go down was one of the highlights of our stay.
Pagudpud sunset is comparable to that of Boracay sunset, maybe even better.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bangui Windmill

Bangui Windmill in Ilocos is called Northwind Bagui Bay Project. It is 70 meters tall and the bases are four meters square. It contributes nearly 40% of the Ilocos province's electrical power.

There's not much to do when visiting the Windmill except to take photos to your hearts content. Swimming is also allowed, but our group left as soon as we've taken enough pictures. It is a project of Northwind Development Corporation to help alleviate the greenhouse gases that causes global warming.

How to get there:

From Laoag, approximately an hour or two, depending how fast one drives. Take Laoag Cagayan route towards Burgos. Upon reaching Burgos watch out for sign and follow the road leading to bay.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Baluarte Zoo

One of the fun places to visit when up North is Baluarte Zoo in Vigan. It is owned by Chavit Singson. What's great about this place is that entrance and rides are absolutely free!

Baluarte is open everyday from 7am to 6pm. It is best to visit from 7am to 9am as the temperature rises at 10am.

The owners and staff of Baluarte are dedicated in protecting and conserving the endangered species. The set-up is not just a zoo but an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility that educates guests and tourists alike.

It seems that the animals here are fed and taken cared of very well. They are free to roam in big grounds.

We indulged riding the "tiburin", a small horse-drawn carriage.

I have heard many stories in the past about this yellow submarine. It is proudly displayed in one corner, I just don't know if it still works. We forgot to ask the person-in-charge.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, situated in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, was established during the Spanish regime. It was declared a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government.

From the parking lot, tourists walk up a number of steps to reach the main entrance. Once on the top, the place offers a good view of the South China.

If one is seeking basic accommodation, tourists can stay for lodging at the pavilion at a minimal rate. Just don't expect anything grand for there are no amenities except from shared cooking facilities and water.

Access to the tower depends on the outside wind condition and only a certain number of people are allowed in the tower at a time.

We visited Cape Bojeador Lighthouse on the month of April. It was humid. To feel and enjoy the cold winds coming from China’s winter, the residents recommended the best months to visit is from November to January.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Malacanang of the North

When we visited Ilocos last 2009 I was happy to know that one of the itineraries was to visit Malacanang of the North.

During the late President Ferdinand Marcos regime, Malacanang of the North was the official residence of the Marcos family whenever they visit Ilocos. It is also the venue where the Marcoses entertained well-known personalities in different sectors of the land, and yes high profile personalities from different countries, too.

When the former president was ousted in 1986, Malacanang of the North was transformed into a museum housing most of the late president's mementos.

The enormous rooms, fixtures and furnitures are indicative of the opulence of its former residents. It is impressive to note that the place is well-kept.

Take a peek into the lavishness of Malacanang ti Amianan.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Paoay Church

What sets Paoay Church apart from the many churches in the country is because of its three-dimensional visual experience from all its angle.

Fr. Antonio Estavillo started the church in 1694, was completed in 1710, and rededicated in 1896. The materials they used were coral stones and bricks to be earthquake-resistant. Alicia Coseteng dubbed Paoay Church as "Earthquake Baroque".

Though the church looks ascetic and barren inside, one can sense the magnificence and rich history that unfolds the whole of Paoay Church.

Outside, the children had fun playing with Tito John.

While we wait for the halo-halo to be served.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bayfront Hotel at Subic

If you're looking for an affordable accommodation and a day of relaxation this summer, try Bayfront Hotel at Subic, situated at Blk 19, Lot 1, Moonbay Marina, Waterfront Road, CBD Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It is more accessible with North Luzon Expressway or NLEX.

Has ample parking

Hospitable staff and crew welcomes all guests with a smile.

Though the pool has no slides and fountains, it will surely excite the little tots
while having fun with mom and dad.

The view from the room where we stayed, overlooking the beach.

The well-appointed rooms offers superior comfort and convenience, each with air-conditioned, color TV, telephone, bathroom facilities, and snack bar.

If your into bars and live band, Bayfront is a just steps away from them.

You may also enjoy classic Filipino dishes and fresh fruits for breakfast at their in-house restaurant.