The Beautiful Ilocos (DAY 1)



If I was to encapsulate adventure and history in one name, I'd say "Ilocos". Ranging from all the new adventures I didn't know I'd try in this lifetime to new learnings that will always make me proud as a Filipino, this is definitely a place we should all visit. 


Photo by Fiona Pulmano
KAPURPURAWAN WHITE ROCK FORMATION

GETTING THERE


I was very excited since this is my first time travelling to Ilocos. I would have wanted to Google all the places stated in the itinerary but I opted to be surprised. The flight going to Clark, Pampanga was set on May 30, 2018. Upon arriving, we were fetched by a beautiful van and the 8-9 hour trip to Ilocos awaited. 

The word excited was an understatement of how I felt. 

THE TOUR

We arrived around 10 in the evening at Laoag City. We slept at around 12am because we were still preparing all the things needed for the first day of tour and of course, include all the chikka from me and my mother. We started the tour the next day as early as 8am. With no hesitations, we said YES! 

The first stop was the Bacarra Domeless Bell Tower. Built by the Augustinian Friars, the dome of the bell tower fell due to an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 - on August 17, 1983. Thus, what we see and what we call it. 

Photo by Fiona Pulmano
BACARRA DOMELESS BELL TOWER 

Photo by Fiona Pulmano
BACARRA DOMELESS BELL TOWER
Not evident in my drama and my posing in the photos, the Ilocos weather is ultimately in rising temperatures. I cannot put into words how hot was hot. But all I knew was that it's definitely hot in there. 

My mantra for the whole duration of the tour was "POSE KUNG POSE LANG JUD DZAI!" Since I needed to have good photos (that's just me as a person), I needed to brave the weather temperature (because I also didn't have a choice). My favorite for Day 1 was the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation. 

Photo by Fiona Pulmano 
KAPURPURAWAN WHITE ROCK FORMATION


There were two options on how to see the beautiful rock formation. It's either we had to take the 15 min walk or we ride a horse with a fee of P100. Of course I chose the latter. 

Photo by Fiona Pulmano
Horseback riding at Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation

Aside from the fact that it makes the tour more convenient, riding a horse made it more exciting. Like hello! I don't ride a horse everyday. Might as well enjoy it.

We also visited the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and the famous windmills of Ilocos!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Kapurpurwan Windmills

Photo by Fiona Pulmano
The Famous Bangui Windmills 


We had to rush my mowdzzelling in the windmills because even though I'm wearing slippers, the sand's heat was just unbearable. The sight's amazing - just like how it has been in photos and how it has been generating electrical power.

We ended our day at white sand beach of Pagudpud. 

Pagudpud White Sand Beach


Pagudpud White Sand Beach

The Coconut Trees of Pagudpud

The only bad thing about going to the white sand beach of Pagudpud was that it was super hard to get signal. Like as a millenial, how can I connect to the world? How can I update my social media? How can I be happy without signal? Char. But overall, staying there was relaxing - especially at night. The waves and the peace it offered soothed my soul after a long day of adventure. 

So that was it for the first day of my Ilocos tour! 
The Beautiful Ilocos (DAY 1) The Beautiful Ilocos (DAY 1) Reviewed by Alem Garcia on June 09, 2018 Rating: 5

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