The UNESCO World Heritage Town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur is a prime example of well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines and in the region. With a grid street pattern lined with historical buildings which are preserve not only for its design but function-wise as well, walking the cobbled streets of Vigan is like going […]Read more "Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Luzon, Philippines"
The capital of the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, Laoag is the getaway to everything Ilocandia and was my stop-over after Pagudpud. Not only it houses the region main government offices and universities, it has an international airport that makes the overnight road trip from Manila into a less than an hour plane ride only. […]Read more "Laoag & Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines"
A visit to the Philippines is a visit to many of its amazing beaches, whether you head north or south or whether your plan is to go somewhere else; all roads lead to the beach. Think of it this way- if the Southern region has the popular Boracay, the Northern region has the low-key yet […]Read more "Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines"
Time and time again, a curious friend will approach me to talk about visiting Philippines and often, my answer bias as it seems is to get out of Metro Manila as quickly as they can and head to an island or nearby provinces. Once you get out of the congested metro, regardless if you are […]Read more "Bangui & Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines"
Baguio is described as the perfect summer getaway. It is the closest to what fall climate is for many Filipinos, where most parts of the country often experience two contrasting weather yearly- extremely hot summer months and strong typhoon season. The elevated location of Baguio City high above the mountain not only provided a colder […]Read more "End of the Mountain Province Trip at Baguio City, Philippines"
Hiking Mt. Pulag was not part of the plan, it was a result of my desire to further enjoy the cold climate of the north and the serenity that mountainous landscape offers. I don’t want to come back to a loud metro just yet, so after an overnight bus trip from Banaue to Baguio and […]Read more "Hiking Mt. Pulag, Mountain Province, Philippines"
Batad, a small remote village hidden behind the mountains of Cordillera, a town best known for its stunning amphitheater rice terraces. Like many other small villages in the Mountain Province reaching Batad is a real deal journey. Best and cheapest way is to board the 150 Pesos (4 USD) one per day jeepney travelling from […]Read more "The Village of Batad and its Amphitheater Rice Terraces, Banaue, Mountain Province, Philippines"
When I was a kid one of the first thing I learned from school about why I should be proud of being a Filipino is Banaue Rice Terraces. I love pronouncing the Tagalog name of “Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan” and was amused on how the image on our textbook exactly describe its name- a staircase of rice […]Read more "The Ifugao and The Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue, Mountain Province, Philippines"
Banaue is the most busiest and liveliest town in Mountain Province. It is the main commercial and transportation hub that connects smaller barrios across Mountain Province. Here is where you can resupply your pack for your next hike or catch the bus that will connect you back to major city like Baguio or board the […]Read more "“Don’t Spit Moma”, Banaue, Mountain Province, Philippines"
They say that it is the journey that matters not the destination but for the case of Bomod-ok Falls, it is acceptable to say that it is indeed both the journey and the destination. Situated at the northern part of Sagada, Bomod-ok Falls or the Big Falls is a 200 meters waterfall hidden behind rice […]Read more "Journey to Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines"