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Title: Revisit Ilocos Region
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December 26-27, 2008 Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte Bangui, Ilocos Norte Burgos, Ilocos Norte Batac, Ilocos Norte Laoag, Ilocos Norte Vigan, Iloc...

December 26-27, 2008

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Burgos, Ilocos Norte
Batac, Ilocos Norte
Laoag, Ilocos Norte
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Candon, Ilocos Sur

There's a saying that goes " Once you've been there, you'll always find a way to look forward of going again to that place."

It was my second visit to Ilocos Region, it was fun, interesting and educational tour as I could say. I had no plan to go over there but I was invited by a group of people close to me. So we decided to go on the date stated above. My first visit to Ilocos was last year 2007 month of January, i guess after New Year celebration. It was fun, we went to Saud Beach Hotel and Resort, we ate, swimmed, and then back home.

This time its completely different compared to the first visit.

How to get there, two ways via land and via air, in land transportation you can ride bus route from Manila to Laoag City (Partas, Viron, Farinas and among other) but some would take their own car which we did we have own own private car to drive us around. In via air, I guess Cebu Pacific or Asian Spirit airlines are available but subject for schedule for both, you might check their own websites.

Things to do in Ilocos...

* swimming at the beach in Saud, Pagudpud ( Boracay of the North)
* surfing if you do have surf board though
* camp along the beach site - look for a campsite area
* buy souvenirs for loved ones family and friends
* bonfire along the beach is cool
* trekking to the two (2) falls in Agua Grande
* taking a morning bath in the Agua Grande creek - chilling feeling
* educational tour in the Marcos Museum
* stop by for famous Empanada of Laoag City
* buy the tastiest longanisa of Vigan City
* try to stop at the Vigan City church
* buy the Candon City Chicka Corn
* pink salmon and other fishes at its best

* photo shoot to every destinations

*bring sunscreen to your skin and sunglass for your eyes
protection when at beach

A must seen places in Ilocos...

*Patapat Viaduct - minutes passed Saud, Pagudpud

At the foot of the cliff of the North Cordillera Mountain Range is the 12-km winding bridge known as the Patapat Bridge, popularly known as the French Riviera of the Northern Philippines. At the upper part of the cliff, one can still see the etched footbridge that was the only link between Ilocos and Cagayan Valley in the 1960's.

While at the middle of the Patapat Bridge, one can take a look at the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the verdant mountains and the sea below. A glimpse of the old footbridge adds grandeur to the breathtaking view.

* Agua Grande Park - just after the Patapat bridge and Agua Grande Hydro Mini Plant

* Agua Grande Falls - trekking

* Saud Beach - I recommend to go Saud Beach Hotel & Resort but further from the resort works cool if budget is limited.

The little–known northwest Philippine beach Saud Beach at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte was recently named as one of the ten best beaches in Asia by Australia’s Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun newspaper.

* Bangui Windmill - as an alternative source of power The Bangui Wind Mills were built by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation. The 'Wind Farm" as it is aptly called consist of 15 wind turbines. The turbines are on-shore and arranged in a single row spaced 326 meters apart. The turbines hub height (ground level to center of nacelle - that part holding the blades) is 70 meters high (roughly equivalent to a 23 storey building), each blade is 41 meters long (just 9 meters shy of a Olympic sized pool) giving a rotor diameter of 82 meters and a wind swept area of 5,281 square meters.

* Burgos Lighthouse - also known as the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

They call it Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador, as it set majestically on a hill overlooking the South China Sea, located approximately 35 kilometres north of the City of Laoag, the lighthouse is the most accessible of all lighthouses in the north of the Island of Luzon.

Completed on the 30th of March, 1892, the design and construction of the Lighthouse of Cape Bojeador was initially undertaken by the Engineer Magin Pers y Pers but was subsequently reconfigured and finished by the Engineer Guillermo Brockman. Built of locally made brick, the tower is octagonally-shaped and has an inner dimension of two meters and an exterior dimension of three and half meters.

* Marcos Museum in Batac - tomb of the Past President Ferdinand E. Marcos

* Laoag City - buzzling city of the north

* Vigan City Church and the UNESCO World Heritage Site

* Baluarte - Animal Zoo owned by Ex-Gov. Chavit Singson

It is the home of many animals. From amphibians, reptiles to insects, it is very educational for both adults and children. There are many things you can do and places to see in Ilocos Region, it depends on what would you like to see and do. Places such as The Fort Ilocandia Hotel and Resort & Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag, The Malacanang of the North & Paoay Church in Paoay, The Bacarra Bell Tower in Bacarra, Juan Luna Shrine in Badoc and Santa Monica Church in Sarrat.

Expenses incurred in the trip...

Php 800.00/ person > > >disregarding all the souvenir expenses bought.

Pictures taken during the trip...

700+ photos

Amazingly delicious

Spectacular / Makes you wonder

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