ilocos norte has a very interesting landscape. it must be because of all that wind coming from the south china sea. that's why bonsai enthusiasts from manila come all the way here to get their materials—they like the way the wood swirls and twirls, and the gnarled, wind-battered texture.
that strong wind has also managed to create some very unique rock formations, which probably took millions of years to shape. the most distinct of all is the one in kapurpurawan beach. we had to drive deep into a wooded area, park, walk down a hill, and hike across a very rocky beach just to see it.
it was so worth the trek. (just be sure to wear slip-proof shoes that you can easily remove because if you want to climb to the top, the soles of your feet offer the best traction. and be careful!)