Pagudpud and Vigan, Ilocos Norte


Pagudpud and Vigan Ilocos Norte Philippines

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is about 560km by road from Manila. The long road to the extreme northern tip of Luzon is made enjoyable by the lovely, lush Ilocos countryside. Said to be "one of the finest stretches of sand in Luzon". Waypoint narrative by: EPPGarcia 2002

Places to Visit in Pagudpud

Patapat Viaduct is an elevated concrete highway constructed along winding/rocky headlands near the northernmost roadway section in Ilocos Norte (could be considered second northernmost roadway section in Luzon) this viaduct was constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area which have caused so many vehicular accidents in the past. Footed on the rocky seashore just several meters from the mountain side it gives motorists a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay. Waypoint narrative by: EPPGarcia 2002
All Photos by: Om DeVera, Ani Brondial, Ace P. 




















(Blue Lagoon)Maira-ira point is the name given to Luzon mainland's northernmost tip. Nestled in its confines is an unspoiled, white-sand cove that has yet to become popular with the mainstream beach-combing crowd. The beach is known simply as Maira-ira or blue lagoon. On calm days, when the notorious Ilocos surf is taking a break, the waters off the cove can be still as a pond, mirroring the azure sky to form a stunning blue loch. The sparkling fine sand is even better than its well-known neighbour, Saud beach (or Pagudpud). With virtually no tourist accommodations, save for a couple of simple nipa huts, the whole place exudes a charm of isolation. Hemmed by hills around its perimeter, swimming and basking on the crescent cove can be a very private experience. It is a serene place, lending much to the feeling of being at the frontier.

Boatmen can be hired to take you to the nearby Dos Hermanos Islands. Waypoint narrative by: Jay_J 2004










 

























Kaibigan Falls can be found in the town of Pagudpud Ilocos Norte, from the national road its about 1.5km away you can walk or you can rent the off road vehicle found in the entrance of the route, by the way there is a 20 pesos preservation fee upon entering kaibigan falls which you will pay at the gate, ideally you should get a local guide which is actually required if you dont have one, you can pay them up to 100 pesos. If you would walk it will take you about 30 minutes to do so, along the way you will pass by farmlands, streams and finally the falls which is very beautiful, water is so clear and cold you can see the bottom of the waterfall basin. Waypoint narrative by: Moymoy 2007































The Bangui Wind Mills were built by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation to take its share in reducing the emission of harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) causing global warming and to accelerate the rural electrification of the goverment.

In this area, wind mostly comes from the north-east, from the sea towards the land. To optimize the full benefit of the winds, turbines are installed along the shore facing the sea effectively removing wind breaks and achieving a terrain roughness of class 0. Waypoint narrative by: Dino_T 2007
























Cape Bojeador Light House, they call it Faro Cabo Cape Bojeador, as it set majestically on a hill overlooking the South China Sea, located approximately 35 kilometres north of the City of Laoag, the lighthouse is the most accessible of all lighthouses in the north of the Island of Luzon. It was built in 1892 and is still functioning to date, serving ships passing by the northern part of South China Sea. This is one of the famouse historical landmark in the province of Ilocos Norte. It is the highest lighthouse in the Philippines above sea level on top of a hill named Vigia de Nagparitan (estimated a total height of around 160 meters high; tower height = 17 meters approximate) and is located in the town of Burgos.Waypoint narrative by: paulperez 2005































Agua Grande, Dubbed “Dakkel A Danum,” (Big Water) in the vernacular, this stretch of spectacular and thunderous rapids going under and across the Maharlika Highway lies at the far end of the Patapat Viaduct. Also called by its Spanish name, “Agua Grande,” it powers the hydrothermal plant right next to it, before swirling and gurgling its way into the South China Sea nearby. People love to bathe in its crystal-clear waters, but watch out! It's really cold! (from: punta azul site)





















Bantay Abot Caves (meaning “mountain with a hole”) is located in Sitio Gaoa, Brgy. Balaoi. A storm collapsed the cave but terns and swallows still nest here. A few meters from the cave is the bell-shaped Timangtang Rock. Bantay Abot Cave and Timmantang Rock are believed to be lovers, the former being the female and the later the male. They are collectively termed as “Lover’s Rock.” (from: Biyahero Site)































Kalbario Patapat National Park (KPNP), Found in the towns of Adams and Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte; on Pasaleng Bay (about 72 km northwest of Laoag City); and 185 km west of Aparri, its topography are generally mountainous with rugged, steep terrain. (from: pawb)







 


Places to visit in Vigan
 
The Baluarte is a 20 hectare land with a mini zoo, shooting range, and a chapel. It is also known as Chavit’s Fortress. Access to the mini zoo, where Singson’s numerous pet tigers and other animals are found are free for the public, as he considers this as a gift to the people. (from: pinoyblog)
























 







Bantay, Ilocos Sur is a small town close to Vigan City. This town is popularized more because of its Bell Tower that is perched on top of a hill. You can't missed it when you take the national highway going south of the province of Ilocos Sur. Bantay has also an elaborate church. The Bantay Catholic Church is beautiful. It was built during the Spanish period (1530s). The architectural design is influenced by the Europeans although it was built under the Spanish regime by the local people. This church was built through forced labor and slavery during the Spanish period. (from: virtualtourist)





















 







Calle Crisologo is virtual tourist playground. Among the buildings along the street are hotels, pension houses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Many of the houses have those typical wooden benches in front where anyone can sit. And in the evening, dining establishments set up tables on the street so people can eat their dinner al fresco. Kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages, are the only vehicles allowed on the street. (from: vistapinas)












Ilocos Norte – Marcos Museum


The museum is where memorabilia of the late president is stored, from his stint in the Armed Forces down to his presidency. Here, taking pictures are allowed. Among the things you can view here are tons of photos of him and Imelda, military awards, pieces of his writing, and his work desk. I’m not 100% sure but I think the museum houses the office of former Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos, his daughter, and current Ilocos Norte Representative Bongbong Marcos, his son. (from: vistapinas)

Pictures in front of Evangeline Beach Resort


Evangeline Beach Resort, offers not only for Pagudpud's breath taking and seductive scenic views but also for the proven and dedicated to providing warm and excellent services, quality accomodation and facilities offered to its guests over a decade and for the coming years. (from: asiatravel)












































































Expense Summary:


Transportation Expenses:

From Manila to Pagudpud (Florida Bus – 550 pesos/each)

From Loaog to Manila (Philippine Airlines – 500 pesos/each)

Pagudpud – Vigan Tour (Van - 6,800 pesos/group)


Meal Expenses: 3000 pesos (5 people)

Accommodation: 2000pesos (1night/2days) - Pagudpud Rinnovati

Total Expenses (Each): 3410 pesos

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  1. Expense Summary:


    Transportation Expenses:

    From Manila to Pagudpud (Florida Bus – 550 pesos/each)

    From Loaog to Manila (Philippine Airlines – 500 pesos/each)

    Pagudpud – Vigan Tour (Van - 6,800 pesos/group)


    Meal Expenses: 3000 pesos (5 people)

    Accommodation: 2000pesos (1night/2days)

    Total Expenses (Each): 3410 pesos

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    1. Thanks Chyng! :) Hope you've been to this place now.

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