Travel Tales: Invading Ilocos, Part 1

I’ve been to Ilocos already (with my family last Christmas 2009), but I know that it’s going to be a different experience since it will be my travel buddy’s first, and because it will literally be a road trip for both of us (no private vehicle, just public transportation all the way). He made a list of places we will visit, how to get from place A to place B, and even a cheat sheet on how to speak in the native dialect. 🙂 For our Ilocos trip, the challenge was to go around Norte and Sur in just 2 days. It may sound difficult but we were able to prove that is possible!

After work that Saturday afternoon, we immediately fixed the things that we will be bringing then headed to Farinas bus terminal in Sampaloc (UST area). There are other bus companies that go to Ilocos but we were told that Farinas has the best seats, and we both agree. Our fare cost Php580 (per person) to Vigan. If you’re going on a quick trip to Ilocos, it is best to travel there by night. It’s faster, and if you’re a passenger, you get to catch more hours of sleep compared to travelling in the morning when the sun is up and the beautiful sights can sometimes be a distraction (which has been my problem for the longest time).

We arrived very early on that Sunday morning and headed straight to Calle Crisologo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It was such an experience to walk around the famous street at 4 in the morning!

Headed to the Bantay Bell Tower afterwards

After breakfast at McDonald’s, we were off to our next pit stop hehe. We took a bus and travelled for about an hour or so, reached Currimao and saw these amazing rock formations:

We have limited time so after taking pictures, we then travelled to Paoay, Ilocos Norte and saw the famous Paoay Church, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lunch happened in Laoag, which is already in Ilocos Norte. I suggested that we eat at La Preciosa, where I also had Christmas lunch with my family 2 years ago. We ordered and loved their Bagbagis – deep fried pork intestine and of course, the ever famous Bagnet, and how the local dish differs from the one we have eaten in Manila.



Will be posting more photos of our Ilocos invasion 🙂

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