Somewhere in Ilocos Norte…and bit of Sur [Day 3]

We have to  bid vacation goodbye. It’s about time to go home and face reality [a.k.a. work 😀 ].  Well I think the Ilocos Norte experience wont be complete if you’re not able to visit the famous PAOAY CHUCH

It’ll be our church visit of the day. I was starstrucked the first time saw it. Akala ko hanggang sa mga travel shows sa TV ko lang ito makikita. ‘dun ko ata nileteral ang kiss the ground 😀

St. Augustine Church, or more popularly called Paoay Church, in Ilocos Norte is one of the the oldest churches in the Philippines

Built late 1600’s , Paoay church was made  of baked bricks, coral rocks, salbot (tree sap) and lumber, and has 24 carved massive buttresses for support. It is an architectural solution to the area’s challenging, natural setting. Both sides of the nave are lined with the most voluminous stone buttresses seen around the islands. Large coral stones were used for the lower level while bricks were used for the upper levels of the church.

After some prayers and [vanity] photoshoot, we decided to head south and since we will pass by Ilocos Sur, we decided to take a little detour. Thus my first trip to Vigan 😀

we parked our ride beside Cathedral de Vigan, since there’s no mass in Paoay Church, it’s good thing that we’re able to catch the Easter Mass there 😀 So there goes our last minute prayers and wishes. Actually, I cant concentrate ,  I can’t deny that I’m excited to see the famous Vigan.

Pagkatapos na pagkatpos ng misa, gora na sa Vigan. On our way, makikita mo yung commercialism ng lugar, nakapasok na pala ang mga fastfood chains sa lugar, pero para di masagwa, you’ll see that they tried their best to design their infra to match with the Vigan backdrop

Hindi ko akalin na ganito kabusy ang Vigan. Contrary sa lagi ko nakikita sa mga postcards. Anyway. patawas at isa lang akong Vigan Virgin haha 😀 Dami mabibilhan ng souvenirs, sa bungad palang dami nang magagandang tinda, goodluck sa’yo kunbg mabibisita mo ang lahat.

Common na ang mga keychain, so if you want to take home some good pasalubong try to look for other handicrafts as well like wind chimes,  Vigan harps, woven purse etc.

For us foodie, we checked their famous Bagnet, yun yung deep fry na karne ng baboy, parang sinit-charon [tama ba ang term?]. masarap sya isahog sa pansit o munggo o kahit anong ginisang gulay. 450-500 pesos lang ang isang balot/isang kilo. Andyan rin ang Longganisa ng Vigan,  malasa siya at masarap sa almusal, nasa 100-200 ang balot, 12 piraso na yun.  Check mo rin ang kanilang mga wine at iba pang minatamis.  Nakalimutan ko na ang mga pangalan pero di mo sya tipikal na matatagpuan sa Maynila.

Matapos maubos ang pera, we decided to stroll within the streets of Vigan. Too bad, there’s no open museum or exhibit because it’s Easter that time.

Nang mapagod, naisipan na naming bumiyahe ulit para puntahan ang pinakahuli s itenerary : Ang Baluarte [ni Singson]. Walang entrance ang Baluarte kaya jampacked ang tao nung pumunta kami, despite na tirik na tirik ang araw.

Tyempo naman na may photo exhibit that day. Entitled : Talugading, it showcased the beauty of Ilocos Sur through series of photographs.

Then we’re greeted by an ostrich roaming around freely. Other tried to come near it’s quite scary, baka tukain ka nalang bigla ng malaking angry bird. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.

Baluarte is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.


Located right beside the picnic area is the butterfly garden. An enclosed part of Baluarte where  butterflies roam freely amidst a beautifully landscaped garden. Cameras and video recorders are allowed inside the sanctuary for the visitors to capture their unique moments with these remarkable creatures.

There’s  also offer free mini horse rides that we call “tiburin”. The mini horse pulls a small carriage that can accommodate up to 4 persons including the “caballero”. Taking photos and riding the mini horse is absolutely free of charge.Right at the entrance of Baluarte is the petting zoo where visitors can freely interact and take photos with the different animals like camels, ostriches, deer, parrots, orangutans and a lot more.

It’s around 2pm when we decided to hit the road again, we want to go home early. but our driver surprised us with a little detour. Thus our visit to Thunderbird resort.

Located at  Poro Point San Fernando, La Union,  this offers a spectacular view of the ocean and provides all the components for carefree living such as pools, a minibar, casino,   valet parking, and room service.


So there you go, that’s to wrap up the whole Ilocos Norte/Sur trip 😀 we arrive Manila around 12 midnight. Tired from the long roadtrip but fulfilled because of the overwhelming experience. Lalo na sa’kin because it’s my first time to visit the Ilocos region.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless 😀

 

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4 responses

  1. wow! nice photos, engaging blogs. keep it up. =)

    November 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

    • Salamat sa pagbasa. 😀 sana di po kayo magsawa kakabasa ng aking blogs (kahit wrong gramming) hahaha 😀
      Godspeed and till then

      November 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

  2. Nakaka-miss balikan ang Ilocos, nakapunta ako sa Baluarte kaso umulan kaya di namin nalibot ng buo. Badtrip. Yung bangkay ni Marcos di niyo nadaanan?

    December 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    • tama. kaso di namin nadaanan puntod ni marcos. takot yung drayber namin noon. 😀

      December 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

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