If it wasn’t for a friend’s invitation, I would not be able to visit Ilocos this year. It started when Jinky’s BF decided to take a vacation from the US. Then Jinky asked us if we want to tag along. Karen and I were the last ones on the list. I think, the original number of people who said yes to the invitation was 7 but when the said date of “vacation” came, only Karen and I were on the bus together with Jinky and her BF. (Hi Jinky and Jec! :))
On our first and second day, we visited these places:
And on our third and last day:
So, let me share some of the highlights of my Ilocos trip. 🙂
Paoay Church. UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
Malacañang of the North
Paoay Sand Dunes
Bantay Abot Cave
Hannah’s Beach Resort.
Hannah’s Beach Resort. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
We tried Hannah’s Zipline which is 1.15 km over the water. It’s the longest zip line over the water. Try it, it was fun.
Patapat Viaduct. You will be able to reach Cagayan when you take this route. This is my favorite place in Ilocos. Weird.
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Akala ko hanggang Mercury Drug calendar ko lang makikita ‘to. Haha. 🙂
Baluarte – Mini zoo in Ilocos Sur. You know, Chavit Singson owns the place.
Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
We didn’t take a plane to get there. It’s more fun when you hit the road and travel for 9 to 10 hours. I suggest that you travel at night so that you can still sleep and relax. Traveling at night will also lessen the traveling time. Going to Laoag will take 10 hours and in our case, it took us 9 hours.
On our way to Laoag, we took Maria De Leon bus. It will cost you 600.
- Address: corner Gelinos and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
- Telephone Numbers: (632) 731 4907
Going back to Manila, we rode Florida Liner. The pink bus I should say. The fare is 700 and there’s even a portable toilet inside.
- Address: 810 Lacson Avenue, Manila (walking distance from University of Sto. Tomas)
- Telephone Numbers: (632) 731-4473
We didn’t rent a hotel room or hostel because we were accommodated by Jinky’s parents. Very generous indeed. 🙂 I suggest that you avail a travel package when you visit Ilocos. The places are far from each other. Like going to Pagudpud, it’s a two-hour drive and even going to Vigan. Or you can rent a van for a day or two. It will be less hassle for your itinerary and saves time.
And, if you want to try the Zip Line over the water and other facilities there, visit Hannah’s website. Or like their Facebook page. It’s a bit pricey though. (Jec is our hero! :D)
I enjoyed this Ilocos trip. I realized as well that I love hearing the Ilocano dialect. Iba-iba ang tono and yet it sounds good to me (thinking if I should get an Ilocano lesson). I can go back to Ilocos and explore other places if I have enough time. Thank you to my friend, Jinky and to her very generous BF, Jec, No need to list down the nice things. Hehe. 🙂 And to the very accommodating and very madaldal mother of Jinky (Hi Tita. Miss ko na ‘yong kape mo. Hehe.).