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I can't hide my excitement offline when I was writing Hello April! here in my blog. As much as I wanted to share where will I go this month, I just had to keep it. Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are so far from Cebu City.
is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. Ilocos Norte faces the South China Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north. (source)
As much as we wanted to take a plane ride from Cebu City going to Laoag, there are no direct flights available for that. Our route was Cebu to Manila. I didn't complaint, cmon! I love Manila, this is where the place I grew up and the best part of the trip? I hang out with my Mom who is based there.
From Manila we had 10 hours long drive going to Ilocos Norte / Ilocos Sur including stop overs. When we found out that the trip was that long, I prepared myself for some pain for my butt. Too much expectation, we were just four in the van plus driver and tour guide, so very comfy and we can just lie down! :)
We left Manila at 9pm and we arrived at 5:30 AM at Loaog, first stop is breakfast at Mc Donalds, We screamed: Coffee! Then the tour started after:
Excuse our morning faces, we were excited much!
First stop: Laoag Sinking Bell Tower
Over the years the 45m high bell tower has shelved few meters downward. This is evident by the tower's entrance that at present day a man of ordinary height must bent over to get inside. (source)Geez! I said to the tourist guide that I will be back here after 20 years, we'll see if I can still see the door. :)
Sta. Monica Church Complex
A devastating earthquake hit the province of Ilocos Norte on August 17, 1983, which recorded a magnitude of 5.3 (MI) on the Richter scale and an intensity 7 on the Rossi-Forel scale. The tremor sustained a major structural damage on the church's facade as well as toppling down the bell tower. (source)This church reminds me of the oldest church that was hit by a strong earthquake in my Bohol tour, last year. :( Good thing, I've seen them as a whole when I went there April last year. (wow! a year ago! :O )
Also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town. (source)
Meet my travel buddies: Jo, April and Maricor. It was supposed only Maricor and I who will explore the province, good thing we brought our close friends and we really had a great time! Wohoo! :)
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
Bangui Wind Farm also known as Bangui Windmills
is a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The wind farm uses 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea. (source)This is my favorite!
The Patapat Viaduct
is a viaduct at the municipality of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. (source)
We didn't go down for Bantay Abot Cave but that's alright, we just had our photo opt outside. :)
Blue Lagoon (Boracay of the North)
Kabigan Falls in Pagudpud
is surrounded by thick forest and well known for its concaved basin, located at the eastern part of Barangay Balaoi, about 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) away from the national highway.That was so hot and hiking mode. Whew!
We transferred to other location because the place was so crowded and we didn't like the color of the water. :3 Lookie! so fresh and cold running water to my feet.
Candid shot while me resting after the long walk. Credit to our tour guide, Lina! :)
view from the veranda
I went to the seashore so I can have the close up shoot.
This shot is taken by my Samsung Note 3. So love it. :) hashtag: No Filter :)
Me as Bunny! HAHAHA :D posted this on my instagram: @jewelclicks follow me! :)
We checked other resorts that have restaurants where we can eat our dinner, aww so many tourists at the beach!
We had our dinner at Casa Victoria Resort and Restaurant finally a good food we had the entire trip. :)
Star gazing. :)
CHEERS! for fun filled tour in the province of Ilocos Norte.
I can't wait for my next post about Ilocos Sur Tour. :) Will blog about it pretty soon!
We would like to thanks Touristas.com.ph N.E.C. Tours for arranging our trip. We really had a great time the entire trip. Visit their site or Facebook page N.E.C. Tours if you want a hassle free tour. :)
Shout out to Richard, the assigned driver and tour guide and photographer to us and his partner, cheers!
Hope you enjoy my post! :)
Have a great day everyone!