Monday, June 18, 2018

A Stormy Weekend Trip In Ilocos


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!

Calle Crisologo Ilocos
Calle Crisologo at (one rainy) night


Calle Crisologo Ilocos
Night stroll at Calle Crisologo

Side trip: Have a taste of the authentic double-double empanada (2 eggs, 2 longganisa) in front National Bookstore. It’s the best!

Ilocos Empanada
About to eat our yummy empanadas!

Authentic Ilocos Empanada

Authentic Ilocos Okoy

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!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Ilocos
At Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Bangui Windmills Ilocos
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.

Who wouldn't love to take a dip?!

Pagudpud Beach Ilocos
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.

Paoay Church Ilocos Norte
At Paoay Church

Side trip: Try the famous “Pinakbet Pizza” at Herencia Restaurant, in front of Paoay Church.

For vegetable lovers, "Pakbet Pizza" for you!

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!


Ilocos Sand Dunes
Before...


Ilocos Sand Dunes
...during...

Ilocos Sand Dunes
...after!

Indeed, for friends, a storm is not an excuse not to travel! So, gala pa more!

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