Shame on me. I didn’t have any idea about Patapat Viaduct that time.
Pardon me. This incident happened years ago when I traveled to Ilocos Norte with some friends. The time when I didn’t have any clue that I was about to become an avid traveler and a blogger. Destiny can really be unpredictable.
For a time when I was still a newbie traveler, I thought that going to the waterfalls is just an easy walk, unlike climbing mountains.
Then I traveled to Ifugao, and hiked Tappiyah Falls. It was a grueling trek, yet one of the most memorable for me. At that time I realized, that the trail going to waterfalls is not always a walk in the park. Haha!
But where did I get this (stupid) idea in the first place?
“We will go to the rock formation tomorrow morning.”
Son (owner of S&B Adventure) told us after we had our dinner that night. Before our Manilawaya Island trip, I did some research and I only got some details about Maniwaya Island itself and the Palad Sandbar. I didn’t know there is a rock formation in this island in Marinduque.
We experienced that for a few minutes while traveling the mountainous road of Mountain Province going to Ifugao. It was just white, pure white. The road was covered with clouds and it got me restless for a while.
But in those moments, you have to trust. You have to trust that everything is going to be alright.
It was our last day in Ilocos Norte. Though it was a quite good morning for us, we couldn’t help but be sad that our Ilocos getaway was about to end.
Ilocos Region has so much beauty and potential, from the Spanish era churches, beaches to these man-made structures that are not just iconic but also beneficial to the community. And that day, we were about to explore the most popular structure in Ilocos Norte – the towering magnificence of Bangui windmills.
We had a great time enjoying Maniwaya Island all morning. Marinduque really surprised me.
At 2:30 PM, we started the boat travel going to the most popular Sandbar of Marinduque, the Palad Sandbar. It’s still part of the Maniwaya Island in the town of Sta. Cruz. I’ve seen lot of beautiful photos of Palad Sandbar online.
Heat is unforgiving during summer in the Philippines. And what more if you’re in the Ilocos Region?
We were hesitant to go out of the van when we arrived at the parking lot. But we all knew that the church that we were about to explore is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And knowing its rich culture and history, who wouldn’t want to witness its grandeur?
I am talking about the St. Agustine Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, also known as Paoay Church among travelers. It was built and completed on 1710 by Augustinian friars led by Father Antonio Estavillo after two decades of construction.
Paoay church was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 as one of the Baroque Style Churches in the Philippines. This is known for its intricate architecture with its huge buttresses on the sides of the church used as a support against earthquake.
Admit it. There are times when we just crave for specific food. Like in my case, last week, I craved for pasta, pizza, Buffalo wings and big burgers. Yes, just like my weight and body, I also have big cravings. Haha!
But when we want to eat these food, the first thing that comes to our mind is to go to the fast food chains right? Sadly, these have that similar, bland and plain taste.
At that time, I wasn’t looking for the usual taste of fast food. I want something much better, definitely more delicious and huge servings of course for my big appetite.