Tuesday, November 16, 2010

loco for ilocos

last na 'to, pramis! after coming from ilocos norte, we realize that the country has got to develop other tourist destinations. hindi na lang boracay ad nauseum na lang palagi. of course every province has its own unique and distinct characteristics, but ilocos norte is largely undiscovered and unexploited, in spite of having an international airport in laoag city. its stunning coastline has some great beaches and so much more. a few of the other places of note that we visited:

the bangui windmills—very surreal:
blue lagoon, which is frequented by surfers. if you want to escape from the world for a while, check into kapuluan vista resort (kapuluanvista.com), which is small and intimate (and has free wifi!):
the patapat viaduct, a very picturesque highway, which leads all the way to cagayan:
paoay lake, which is a new destination for birdwatchers. apparently, global warming has caused the migration of birds like cormorants, egrets, and ducks from as far away as russia and canada to come here in search of food:
of course, the famous paoay church, which is a UNESCO world heritage site:
and if you decide to make the trip up north, try staying in the newly opened ilocos norte hotel & convention center (www.ilocosnortehotel.com), which has great views of the surrounding mountains: