LAST DAY - ILOCOS (PAGUDPUD, BANGUI, VIGAN). Last day in Ilocos was the most tiring but fulfilling day of my trip. It's like completing a series of challenges in Amazing Race! But everything is just wow!
The best way to describe Villa Angela is to say that it is a quaint old home and is wickedly good value for money. At PHP2,600, four in our party shared an enormous corner room with three four-poster beds and an ensuite bathroom. The tariff also included a breakfast of delicious longganisa and fried eggs… Not bad...
"Every inch of Villa Angela speaks boldly to guests whose infectious curiosity allows a dance with life that has disappeared. By all means drink fully from the well of a bygone era. You won’t be disappointed but enlightened without measure."
In Ilocos Region, Ilocos Sur is where a many of the cultures and histories converge into a living museum of it’s past. It’s national shrines and landmarks, museums, period homes and cobbled stone streets all makeup the timeless landscape of Ilocos Sur.
Vigan is nominated for the phase 1 of the New7Wonders Cities campaign, the same organization that organized the 7 New Wonders of the World and 7 Wonders of Nature where the Puerto Princesa Undeground River was included!
Ilocos Sur Online is encouraging everyone especially all Filipinos and Ilocanos to please vote for Vigan City for the phase 1. To vote, log in to www.new7wonders.com .
For history buffs, this cove in San Esteban, Ilocos was the site of a submarine surfacing during the latter part of World War II to unload arms and supplies for the United States Army Forces in the Philippines - Northern Luzon. Listed by Ilocos Sur Tourism office as a come-on for tourists are beach resorts on Apatot Beach with typical facilities and amenities.
The provincial government is creating an adventure zone at the premises of the historic Abra River located in-between Barangays Banaoang in Santa and Bantay town to attract more tourists to the province.
This involves the construction of zip lines that cross the Abra River and other adventure activities at the site, like rappelling, climbing and kayaking.
Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson said that 15 celebrities participated in the recently concluded “Traverse Ilocos Sur Adventure Challenge: Discover the Wonders of Ilocos Sur.”
The food in Laoag is lighter, healthier and fresher then that of Manila. The temperature as you go further north of Luzon gets instantly cooler. The terrain also starts to change, which at the time of travel (early January), at times looked like the South of Italy. This sets the scene, perfect for growing seasonal vegetables. Pinakbet is a dish seen at nearly every restaurant in Ilocos North.
Pagudpud is a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon in the Philippines. It is known for its crystal clear blue water and powdery white sand beaches, but Pagudpud has a lot to offer to its visitors and here are some of the places not to miss.
This is not your usual river cruise tour because your tour guide is an audio that is being played while the boat is crossing the river - an audio-guided river cruise. This Vigan Heritage River Cruise is a 40-minute river cruise that will lead you 7 gigantic tableau that tell a story. This story is the history of Vigan - from the time how it was discovered, to the times of Spanish regime to the present.
One of the major cultural hubs of the Philippines, the genteel Old World charm and opulent history of Ilocos Sur reflects the hundreds and hundreds of years of being at the crossroads of European and Asian trade and commerce- a trip to Ilocos Sur...
Here also can be found St. Paul’s Cathedral built by the Augustinians as early as 1790-1800AD, Palacio de Arzobispado built in 1783, and served as the official residence of the Arcbishop of
Nueva Segovia. Inside the palace is the Museo Nueva Segovia with a collection of paintings, manuscripts and religious articles accumulated through these centuries. The palace was once the headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Traveler will experience a great old style of living.
Calle Crisologo, a street named after Mena Crisologo – popular writer and politician, also known as the Ilocano Shakespeare – is the most famous street in the heritage village. A quick visit to Vigan is truly a blast from the past, aside of course from other exciting things and places it can offer. Vigan, with its centuries-old edifices, is truly a breathing reminder of what was once a royal city.
Vigan City found in Ilocos Sur is one place that can bring you back to the rich history of the Philippines. As soon as you step in to the city, you’d feel transported to a different era. Vigan was able to preserve the ancestral homes, churches, historical landmarks and roads that were built during the Spanish colonization in the 18th and 19th century. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of the establishments built during the Spanish colonial times of the country.
This winding bridge is often referred by some as the “French Riviera of the North”. The Patapat Viaduct is an example of a bridge that has transformed into a tourist attraction. It is a frequent destination for folks who are touring the scenic sights in the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. This viaduct offers a scenic view of the surrounding forested mountains and the the sparkling sapphire waters of the sea below. Visitors and motorists will enjoy this scenic view as they cross the 1.3 kilometer length of this bridge. Don't miss the chance to capture scenic images that surround the bridge and take home souvenir photographs of your visit.
"This Hispanic city shows a fantastic preview of how the country's urbanized areas must have looked like in Spanish times. Vigan seems like an imposing frieze on a multi-dimensional architectural layout displaying how life must have been during colonial times. As such, romantics among us, including those who favor the old and those about culture, will definitely feel at home exploring the city. It has the feel of a transposed time when life was definitely much slower in pace in a hot, humid tropical country."
The opening of the 2012 Vigan City fiesta and longganisa festival is set on January 19 (Thursday) and culminates on January 27. Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson – Medina said the theme for this year’s city fiesta is “Danggay Bigueno sagut ken Apo San Pablo” (Vigan residents’ cooperation: a gift to Saint Paul). Happy Fiesta!
The Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion church in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, one of four of the UNESCO enscribed (1993) Baroque Churches of the Philippines, a World Heritage Site is perched up on a hill overlooking the town of Sta. Maria as well as the surrounding mountains and seas. Built at about 1765 by the Augustinians, it served as a fortress during the Philippine Revolution in 1896...
There’s more to Vigan than meets the eye. Through the efforts of Governor Chavit Singson, local and international tourists visiting the province are now in for a lot more fun and adventure.The Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone was recently launched by the provincial government and droves of actors, actresses, models, hosts and sports enthusiasts came to sample the newest attraction. “This will mark our province as the newest tourism hub in the country and will eventually entice more tourists to visit our province. " Based on the report of the Department of Tourism-Region 1 office, tourist arrivals in the region for the first quarter alone surpassed the almost half a million tourist arrivals in the region last year.