Up North

Oh gosh, I can’t believe that more than 6 months had passed before I blogged about our road trip up north.  Yes, we couldn’t get enough of Ilocos so we went back to the region after a month of our cruise.  This time, we trekked up to Pagudpud!

We took advantage of a long weekend and squeezed in everything in 3 days.  From Manila, we went straight to Pagudpud on the 1st day.  It took us about 15-16 hours inclusive of stops for lunch, merienda and dinner.  We left around 5AM and got to Hannah’s resort at 9PM.  We had dinner at the resort and passed out – too tired to even explore the resort.  All I can remember is it gave me a Boracay-kind of feels because there are restaurants along the waterfront.

We woke up the next day determined to take a dip in the cool waters of the Philippine Sea and enjoy as much as what Pagudpud can offer.

We left noon time for Vigan, but we can’t pass up the opportunity to take photos in Patapat Bridge.

Nor in Bangui Windmills (which is the highlight of the little boy’s trip)


A quick stop for lunch in a restaurant off the beaten path.  So happy we stopped here because the owners are gracious and the food delicious.

The next stop was Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.  Personally, I like lighthouses because they have a lot of history.  But can’t also help but feel scared because most lighthouses are creepy.  This one’s a bit.  Good thing we stopped by mid-afternoon.

Our last stop was Laoag. Since we already visited most of the tourist spots in this charming city, we just quickly grabbed a bite of empanada near the town plaza and headed to Vigan where we will spend our 2nd night.  We weren’t able to walk around Calle Crisologo in the evening as we’re again super tired from the day’s activities so we called it a night and made sure that we get to do just that on our last day.

We started a bit early on our 3rd and last day by visiting a popular church in Bantay.  This is popular because it is where FPJ’s Ang Panday was filmed years back.  Actually, the belfry was more popular than the church because that’s the exact location of the fight scene in the film.  However, if I’m not mistaken, the church gain prominence because this is where Our Lady of Charity is housed.

Then we headed to Calle Crisologo where we took steps on its cobblestone streets and where we rented a caleza to bring us to the popular spots in Vigan.

We headed first to the Burgos Museum or known as the National Museum of the Philippines, Ilocos.  It used to be a jail and if I remember correctly from the tourist guide, it was where Former President Elpidio Quirino was born.  His father worked there as the warden, and his mother gave birth during one of her visits.

Since we’re pressed for time, we skipped other spots and asked to be brought to where we can buy pasalubongs.  Our guide led us to a residential area at the outskirts of the town.

To cap off our Vigan adventure, the lil girl and I went on a zipline in Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone, where we crossed Abra River.  For first-timers like us, it wasn’t bad at all!  It was the best way to end our vacation!

For this trip, we’ve stayed at the following hotels:

Pagudpud – Hannah’s Beach Resort
Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
+63 9285206255
Inquiries: info@hannahsbeachresort.com

Vigan – One Vittoria Place
National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Tel: +6377.604.0054
Mobile: +63998.984.5101 (Smart) | +63917.578.4728 (Globe)
Email: info@onevittoriahotel.com

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