One stormy weekend (June 15-17, 2018) my high school friends and I went on a DIY trip to Ilocos. Good thing we had a free accommodation “sponsored” by another friend at Balai Condominium, just beside Robinsons Ilocos, in San Nicolas. Quoting the infamous Pabebe Girls, despite the inclement weather, “walang makapipigil sa amin!” (“nothing can stop us!”), because rain or shine, Ilocos still offers exciting places and adventures for everyone.
Calle Crisologo – A Street For Nostalgic Lovers
Calle Crisologo at night is a sight to behold. The lighting of the Spanish-style buildings along the stretch of the street gives it a romantic feel. The effect of the drizzle made the evening stroll even more dramatic. Play your favorite sentimental song and you can already create an MTV!
Side trip: Have a taste of the authentic double-double empanada (2 eggs, 2 longganisa) in front National Bookstore. It’s the best!
|About to eat our yummy empanadas!|
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bangui Windmills – The Sites For Model-Wanabes
If you want IG-worthy photos, then head to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bangui Windmills! Bring your costumes with you and strike those killer poses!
|At Kapurpurawan Rock Formation|
|At Bangui Windmills|
Pagudpud – A Beach-Lovers’ Haven
Ilocos is famous for Pagudpud Beach, especially during summer. And the place is known not only for its beach, but for the “WORLD’s longest zipline above water!” You read it right – the longest in the world! Just a tip, based on our experience, it’s still be better to get a cottage at Hanna’s Resort, which cost Php 600, as compared to the other resorts along the beach. Hanna’s Resort comes with better facilities, and relatively clean restrooms.
|We love Pagudpud Beach!|
Paoay Church – The Sanctuary of Prayerful Souls
Never leave Ilocos without visiting Paoay Church, a UN Heritage Site. Pray for good health and for safe travels.
|At Paoay Church|
Side trip: Try the famous “Pinakbet Pizza” at Herencia Restaurant, in front of Paoay Church.
Ilocos Sand Dunes – The Spot For Extreme Adventure Seekers
Scream at the top of your lungs as you ride the 4x4 Rough Riding Vehicle for an hour! The package cost us Php 3,000 (Php 1,500 each because it was not a peak season) but the adrenaline rush was all worth it! You need not go to Dubai to experience the thrill of this adventure!
|A friendly reminder!|
Indeed, for friends, a storm is not an excuse not to travel! So, gala pa more!