Luzon, Philippines

Patapat Viaduct Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Credit: Perry A. Dominguez / Creative Commons

“Patapat, what?”

“Patapat Viaduct.” Our guide answered.

“Ohh…”All of us in chorus.

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.

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Luzon, Nature, Philippines, Waterfalls

kabigan falls pagudpud ilocos norte

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?

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Luzon, Philippines

Bangui Windmills Ilocos Norte
Good morning

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.

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Heritage, Luzon, Philippines

Paoay Church Ilocos Norte Unesco World Heritage Site
Credit: Wayne S. Grazio / Creative Commons

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.

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Food

Cafe Maria Jerica
Cafe Maria Jerica

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.

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