Exploring Ilocos Norte

Looking for a perfect getaway this summer? Ilocos Norte is here for you! The province has a lot to offer. From surfing, food tripping, time-travelling and even just relaxing, this place is surely the perfect place to go this summer. 😉

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Their amazing white sand beaches in Pagudpud is one of the reasons why the almost 12 hours travel time from Manila is soooooooo worth it! I swear the views are so relaxing and rewarding. If you’re stress af in work or academics because of the never ending orders from your boss or your mentally, physically and emotionally draining thesis, Pagudpud is the perfect go-to place take a well deserved break and unwind. Also, it is one of the best spots to surf in the Philippines.

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It’s not just Pagudpud which offers a beautiful white sand beaches there is also a breathtaking beach in the Ilocos region which is in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. AND! take note that it is not just the beach that will capture your heart but also the WINDMILLS! Yes you’ve read it right! Bangui is the home to the famous 20 windmills arranged in a single row stretching along the shoreline of Bangui Bay facing the West Philippine Sea. This is my favorite place in Ilocos Norte despite the very hot weather and stones that you’ll step in to, I still want to go near the windmills and enjoy the beach because I tell you, IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER! The beach + windmills = perfect combination!

See for yourself…

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Want to know the history of the Philippines? Then, Paoay, Ilocos Norte is right for you! It offers a lot of historical sites in the Philippines. Including the UNESCO World Heritage Site — Paoay church which has a fascinating facade and you’ll be amazed by how old it is. The earliest historical record of the area dates back to 1593, became an independent Augustinian parish in 1686. The present church was built way back 1894, completed in 1710 and rededicated in 1896.

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If you want to devour in authentic Ilocano foods, Herencia Cafe is just around the corner. Situated across the church is a restaurant which offers delicious meals such as longganisa pizza, pinakbet, crispy dinuguan and other Ilocano dishes.

Like this:

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Pinakbet | Source: Google

And these:

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Bagnet Pizza, Longganisa Pizza and Pinakbet Pizza |               Source: Google

There is also an old lighthouse located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte which is the Cape Bojeador a.k.a. the Burgos Lighthouse. It is also a cultural heritage in the Ilocos region that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It offers a wide range of Ilocos landscape and its seas which is beautifully laid right in front your eyes. Cape Bojeador is a 66-foot-tall octagonal stone tower, can be seen from as far away as Pasuquin town in the south and Bangui in the west. However, it is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. But the highest elevated which is still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country.

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Source: Google Map

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The Burgos Lighthouse

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View from the lighthouse

What are you waiting for? Hurry and plan you trip to… ILOCOS NORTE!

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