My Ilocos Experience (Day1)

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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I’ve read a lot about how really beautiful vigan is and seeing all those great pictures of the old streets and buildings in vigan I said to myself I had to go see it but hadn’t had the chance to go see.

Then while browsing multiply I came across a post made by TRAVEL ADVOCATE and offering reasonable rates I said to myself I had to go in this tour called THE ILOCOS EXPERIENCE

And here is what I experienced…

Meeting place for the tour was in Trinoma, 8:30pm on the 18th of February and was really surprised to see my fellow photographers from the group PHOTOKALYE there and will be also joining the tour. After introduction and exchanging of pleasantries with other members of the group we left Trinoma before 10pm with stop over along the way including a stop at Rick’s Café in Sison, Pangasinan where we ate lugaw

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Arriving at Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur past 5am of February 19 and took the opportunity to take sunrise and slow shutter speed photos of the Nuestra Señora de la Asunsion Church listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is famous for its leaning belfry

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Next stop is the Banaoang Bridge with spread across the Abra River connecting the rocky mountain slopes of the town of Santa Fe and the trail enda of Bantay. The Bridge was destroyed and damaged when one of the steel spans was washed away at the height of super typhoon Feria on July 4-6, 2001 and you could notice in the photo that the third span is different.

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We had breakfast at the Cordillera Inn in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and continued our travel till we reached Laoag, Ilocos Norte and checked in at La Elliana Hotel for some rest and freshening up. Lunch was at Golden Cow then off to Sarrat, Ilocos Norte which is the Birthplace of President Ferdinan Marcos and hometown of military leader General Fabian Ver (we just passed by their houses)

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Next on our itinerary was a stop at Batac, Ilocos Norte where the Museum and Mosoleum of President Marcos is located (sorry no taking of pictures inside the mosoleum) and where we ate some great tasting taro and sweet potato (kamote) chips and the popular empanada made of monggo sprouts and green papaya with vigan longganisa and eggs which is deep fried and eaten while its hot with the usual sukang ilocos, I ordered a double which means double longganisa and double eggs. Then off to Paoay, Ilocos Norte stopping first at Ilocano Weaving Center (Abel Ilocos) and the church of Paoay which is also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and was really fascinated by its looks because it reminds mo of Ankor Wat where I would like to go some day.

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With the day coming to an end, we made our way to catch the sun seeting at Suba Sand Dunes which is a favorite of movie makers and where the movie Born in the Fourth of July and Temptation Island were shot including the famous award winning movie HIMALA

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At nightfall came at Fort Ilocandia and having our dinner at Golden Cow we headed back to our hotel to rest for the next days trip further up north

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SEE YOU TOMOROW!!!

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