Guys starting right now I will be posting more content on my visual blog and yes “Visual Blog post” you heard that right. It means most of my articles here in my photo blog is gonna be focusing more on photos or visuals which tells stories and life experiences. My trip to North will be my first ever post using these new content, I know it’s not familiar with you but i want to make something different and interesting to my future projects and portfolios. This article will comprise how my trip started and how it ended by sharing my experiences and story using the photos that i have taken, Itinerary of the trip will be posted below.
Camera : Fujifilm X-A2 ( 16-50mm lens and 35mm 1.4 )
Shoes : Merrell ( Capra Rapid ” Black ” )
First location :Calle Crisologo is a major attraction of Vigan because of the Spanish houses was the rich people lived during the Spanish era where you can shop and buy souvenirs.The major attraction of Vigan is its mestizo district which is filled with Spanish-style houses the evoke a bygone era when its people lived prosperously because of the Manila-Acapulco maritime trade. For visitors who want to experience being tranforted back to this period in Philippine Spanish colonial time, a walk or a calesa ride through Vigan’s Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo Street is a must.
Paoay Sand Dunes, The Paoay Sand dunes is a 88km of pure sand which is adjacent to Suba Beach. Here you will do the 3×4 adventure and sand surfing. The erea is locally known as a Bantay Bimmaboy, a name refers to the common perception that the dunes resemble pigs in shape. The erea is popularly known as the desrt of the North and is a popular location for shooting films.
Paoay Church, The Church of Saint Augustine, commonly known as the Paoay Church, is the Roman Catholic Parish Church of the Municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. Completed in 1710, the church is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. In 1993, the church was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one best examples of the Baroque Churche of the Philippines.
Malacanang of The North, which served as the official residence of the Marcoses in Ilocos Norte. It was built in the 1976 as the official residence of the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte overlooking the legendary Paoay lake. This imposing structure is now a museum featuring the achivements of his Presidency.
Sta. Monica Church, the largest church in the whole Ilocos Norte province, most especially the length of the nave. In June 1983, the church was the setting for the grand wedding of Gregorio Araneta and Irene Marcos, the daughter of then President Marcos.
Presidential Museum and Marcos Mausoleum integrates both memorabilia storage and the current resting place of Ferdinand Marcos. It is situated in the heart of Batac city. The museum shows memorabilia of the late president, from his stint in the armed forces down to his presidency. The large and solemn mausoleum contains the glass-encased coffin in which Marcos’ embalmed body has been on public display since shortly after his remains were brought home in 1993
Saud Beach is probably the most popular beach destination in the northern part of Luzon.
Patapat Viaduct, is a viaduct with a bridge is elevated 31 meters over sea level. It is a concrete coastal bridge 1.3 km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town’s coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines.
Maira-ira Cove commonly known as The Blue lagoon is nestled in Maira ira Point – Luzon’s mainland’s northernmost tip. The white sand is shining and finely pristine, the water is amazingly clear on the shore transforming to bright azure as it grows deep and reflecting the sky drawing its horizon.
Agua Grande, is a picnic park with a stream of very cold, crystal clear running water from the mountains that leads to the sea. It is located right after the Patapat Bridge and before Paraiso ni Anton, both equally enchanting tourist destinations in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Kabigan Falls, the falls is very popural place visit in the Pagudpud. The cool waters cascade some 87 feet into a natural concave basin.
Bangui Windmills, is considered to be the first and the largest wind farm built in South East Asia. It is a wind power generation plant consisting of 20 units. International pro-surfers says that Ilocos norte is a future of wind sports and the beach at the Bagui Windmills provide a dynamic backdrop for kite boarding
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, is located on the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. It is known for its creamy white and streamlined limestone formations, which have been sculpted by different oceanic and weather forces. Burgos is located on the northwestern tip of Ilocos Norte.
Hidden Garden, this garden is owned by Mr, Francis Flores, a retired Engineer who used plants and flowers for his therapy. Now, a wonderland of greenery, with a mini-snack bar, souvenir shop and coffee shop nestled somewhere in the middle for a complete oasis in the North’s Garden of Eden.
Baluarte, is a must-see attraction in Vigan, it offers a mini zoo, resort c complex that lies in hectares of land, and a butterfly farm.
Bantay Bell Tower, the old historic belfry of the church, which served as a watchtower for pirates back in the Spanish colonial era, gave the town its name bantay (meaning to guard). Established in 1590, the church is one of the oldest in the Ilocos Region.
Vigan Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Paul), Vigan Cathedral, canonically known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Arcdiocese of Nueva Segovia
Cape Bojeador Light House, also known as Burgos Lighthouse was part of the Spanish government’s plan of illuminating the Philippine Archipelago in the northern and western part of the Philippines. Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, it is the tallest of its kind in the country. It was first lit on March 31, 1892 it is serve as a signal to ships passing by the Cape along te South China Sea. Up to this day, the Light house remains functional.