Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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13 Reasons Why Visit Ilocos Province (Vigan, Paoay, Laoag, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud)

"A picture paints a thousand words." said the very famous and over-used quote. But true to its meaning, you could not appreciate a place in just plain words. One should experience, touch and feel it to be appreciated. Since 2014, we have this yearly habit to visit at least one province of our country, Philippines - we always choose Summer season because we find it a perfect time to escape from each of our daily busy lives. Together with my relatives and cousins, we decided to conquer (I guess not the appropriate word) Vigan City, one of the Seven New Urban Cities Wonder of the World and its neighbor municipalities and cities.

Blogger Mark Monta in Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Blogger Mark Monta in Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
La Paz Sand Dunes 4 X 4 Ride and Sand Boarding Video!!!!





Why did we choose these places this year? I'm Mark Monta, FaceCebu Author and welcome to your tape! Luh! Not amazing enough to copy Hannah Baker but hey, here are my 13 reasons why you should visit Ilocos Province of Luzon, specifically places like Vigan, Laoag, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud.


1. VIGAN: Vigan City is One of 7 New Urban Wonders of the World and if you wish to get a romantic and more dramatic view of Calle Crisologo, visit the street at night before dawn (12 midnight) so that there will be fewer people. Enjoy Calle Crisologo!



Vigan City
Vigan City

Vigan City
Vigan City

Mark Monta in Calle Crisologo, Vigan City
Mark Monta in Calle Crisologo, Vigan City

2. VIGAN: Bantay Bell Tower is one of the most visited Church Tower in Ilocos. It is where Saint Augustine of Hippo Parish Church, Shrine of Our Lady of Charity is located.

Shrine of Our Lady of Charity
Shrine of Our Lady of Charity



FaceCebu Blogger in Bantay Bell Tower
FaceCebu Blogger in Bantay Bell Tower

Wacky pose with Cuz and friends at Bantay Bell Tower
Wacky pose with Cuz and friends at Bantay Bell Tower

Timex Expedition Pose at Bantay Bell Tower
Timex Expedition Pose at Bantay Bell Tower


3. VIGAN: When in Vigan, Baluarte Zoo is one of the must-visits. It is owned by Chavit Singson. They got animals big and small, flying or crawling! They got tigers and a lot which cannot be seen in other zoos!

Baluarte Zoo in Ilocos
Baluarte Trees got selfied!

Baluarte Zoo in Ilocos
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta under the colorful shades!

Baluarte Zoo in Ilocos
Coz we need to have a pic with the dinosaurs!


4. PAOAY : The most perfect baroque-inspired Church in the Philippines is standing in the province of Paoay, The St. Augustine Church.

Paoay Church Ilocos
Signature pose in this Cambodia-ish architecture of the Church

Paoay Church Ilocos
It was very hot, an ice cream fixed it!

Paoay Church Ilocos
Mark Monta infront of the amazing Paoay Church Ilocos

Paoay Church Ilocos
Coz a tourist needs this pose!

Paoay Church Ilocos
A must-do selfie!


5. LAOAG : La Paz Sand Dunes is one for the books! Riding the 4X4 going to the Boarding spot is enough to experience and witness the amazing creation of nature, the sand dunes. But a plus to that experience is to ride or board in the sand! It brought childhood memories, so enjoyable ride!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
A 4 x 4 Ride pose!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Groupfie before that bumpy ride!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
The Titas and Cuz!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Groupfie with 4X4 Rides!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Another group pic!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Sorry! 

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Amazing shot by yours truly!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Bumpy rides!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Jump shot with cuz and friends!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Wacky pose at the sand!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
My signature pose!

La Paz Sand Dunes Ilocos
Raise your hands everyone!

6. LAOAG : Sinking Bell Tower of St. William Cathedral has all the angles for your instagram.


 Sinking Bell Tower in Ilocos
FaceCebu Author, Mark Monta in the Sinking Bell Tower

 Sinking Bell Tower in Ilocos
Got my pose!

7. BURGOS : The only Lighthouse in the province of Ilocos can be found in Burgos, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Burgos Lighthouse is over 100 years old and is still functioning!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse In Burgos Ilocos
Blogger pose!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse In Burgos Ilocos
Hey there beautiful!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse In Burgos Ilocos
Chill pose!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse In Burgos Ilocos
A groupfie shot!


8. BURGOS: Because we got a mini-Yeh Liu Geopark of Taiwan here in Ilocos, they call it Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. There's an entrance fee but if you got an agency, they got this covered. You can also ride a horse to tour the area. This is one of the must-visit in Ilocos! Btw, kapurpurawan means white! 



Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
On our way to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
A much needed pose with that statue!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
That's Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos (in my background) !

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
I'm off to do a blogger pose!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Hey there windmills!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Up! Up! And Away!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Groupie with Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Not your pre-nup shot!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Yes! Not a pre-nup!

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
So cute this groupie! hahahha

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Ilocos
Flexing while going up! hahahah


9. BANGUI: This municipality got two picturesque spots, the Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay (facing the West Philippines Sea). Check these photos for some proofs.

Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay In Ilocos
we ate in this little resto in front of the Bangui Bay.




Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay In Ilocos
FaceCebu Blogger Pose

Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay In Ilocos
Hey!
Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay In Ilocos
Yes yo!

Bangui Wind Farm and the Bangui Bay In Ilocos
Blogger pose!

10. PAGUDPUD : They got the fourth longest bridge in the country, the Patapat Viaduct!

Patapat Viaduct In Ilocos
Patapat Viaduct

Patapat Viaduct In Ilocos
Patapat Viaduct In Ilocos

Patapat Viaduct In Ilocos
Coz I need a picture with that viaduct!

11. PAGUDPUD : Another instagrammable scene in the province is Bantay Abot Cave.

Bantay Abot Cave can be seen while going to Pagudpud Blue Lagoon. Pic By OJ Tizon

12. PAGUDPUD : The only white beach tourist destination in Ilocos province can be found in this province, it's called Pagudpud Blue Lagoon.

Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos
A must group shot in Hannah Beach in Pagudpud!

Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos
Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos

Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos
Sakit ulo pose!

Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos
Pagudpud Blue Lagoon in Ilocos

13. VIGAN : I got this in my end of the list as one of the highlights at night in Plaza Salcedo, the most visited Vigan's Dancing Fountain Show. It's really a must-visit during at night right after dinner with your friends.

Dancing Fountain Show in Plaza Salcedo. Photo by LakadPilipinas
Who to contact for an Ilocos Travel? We chose Q10 Travel and Tours. Here's the details.
SMART  0929-2028910
GLOBE  0927-2095177
GLOBE  0995-3024780
PHONE +63(2)570-5012 / +63(2)351-4311 / +63(2)463-2311

Facebook: @Q10TravelAndTours
Twitter: @Q10Tours

EMAIL: reservations@q10travelandtours.com.ph
WEBSITE: q10travelandtours.com.ph


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Mark Monta is the Founder of Cebu Bloggers Society and Best Cebu Blogs Awards. He is the Blogger behind this FaceCebu.net and Fitness Blog, www.CebuFitnessBlog.com.