Last month, I shared about the various Ilocano food that we tried and enjoyed while on a short vacation in Ilocos Norte in the last days of summer. Now, I'd like to share with you some photos of the places that our family was able to visit in this province in the northern Philippines. I hope these pictures give justice to the natural (as well as man-made) beauty of Ilocos Norte which I came to love next to my home province of Quezon.
Paoay Church in the municipality of Paoay. Its construction was completed in year 1710.
Paoay Church, front view
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos town. Bottom right picture shows the view from its top.
The postcard-pretty Bangui Windmills at dusk of an overcast day.
At long last,
we reach Pagudpud! This picture was taken when we were leaving this town|
though, because we arrived around 8 pm and it was already too dark to take pictures.
This is where we stayed in Pagudpud for 3 days, 2 nights - Maria Exaltacion Lodge
near Saud Beach.
|Lunch the following day was at Kapuluan Vista Resort|
Some of what we had for lunch: clockwise from bottom left: Grilled porkchop; Dinuguan with Bagnet; Pancit Bihon; and Menudo.
After lunch, we had picture-taking at Patapat Bridge, also in Pagudpud. Nice view!
On our last day in Ilocos Norte, we left Pagudpud in the morning and had breakfast at the Riverside Empanadaan in Batac town. We had: (clockwise from bottom left): Dinakdakan; my daughter poses with the huge poster of Empa and Nada mascots; the delicious
Ilocos empanada; Igado.
Ilocos empanada; Igado.
This was our last stop in Ilocos Norte on our way to Baguio City (which was the last leg of our six-day northern Philippines trip): the Virgen Milagrosa chapel in Badoc town. Of all the places we visited in Ilocos Norte, this was the one I loved the most because of the very serene and beautiful sea with crystal-clear blue water on a bed of colorful pebbles.
|Bottom left: Interiors of the chapel; Top: The chapel by the sea; Bottom right: the oh-so-lovely beach of Badoc|
What a blessing from the Lord indeed it was to be able to travel to Ilocos Norte and enjoy its many beautiful places and scrumptious food with the whole family, including my nephews and niece, sisters and our mom plus a cousin who is very close to us. Such a big outing-reunion is hard to come by, considering the costs these days and our busy schedules, and two of my sisters living abroad. Thanks to my Ate who went home from the US for a vacay, as she footed most of the bills. Most importantly, I thank the Lord for my loving and generous family. It's one of my life's greatest blessings.