​​"Take nothing but PICTURES, leave nothing but FOOTPRINTS,kill nothing but TIME, burn nothing but your CALORIES.
​Add nothing but the the love for nature and the pleasure of our enjoyment. And bring nothing but good MEMORIES."


ADVENTURE:

Bangui Windmills- It is a wind power generation plant consisting of 20 units of Vestas NM82 wind turbines. This project is the first of its kind in the country and the whole of Southeast Asia. International pro-surfers Pete Cabrinha and Susi Mai say that Ilocos Norte is the future of wind sports and the beach at the Bangui Windmills provide a dynamic backdrop for kite boarding.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos-​ Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, it is perched 160 meters on top of Vigia de Nagpartian hill and is known to be the tallest of its kind in the country. It was first lit on March 31, 1892 and served as a signal to ships passing by the Cape along the South China Sea. Up to this day, the lighthouse remains functional.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos- One of the golden acres of the town of Burgos is this massive rock formation that juts out into the sea. Seen up close, it is a dazzling bright white rock that sparkles in the sun. Kapurpurawan is a showcase of the wind and water power on rock and coral.

​* Bantay Abot Cave, Pagudpud- This rock formation was naturally formed by the strong waves and wind and is said to resemble a woman's private parts.

​* Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud- This is spectacular white sand beach is relatively untouched with huge old trees that canopy the shoreline and wild vines growing along some of the more permanent dunes. The area is ideal for jet skiing and surfing.

​* Paoay Golf Course- The complex is an 18-hole golf course with complete facilities and amenities. It has a land area of 77 hectares and was designed by Gary Player.

​* Palpalokada, Burgos- A unique landscape providing a panoramic view of the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, the windmills of Bangui and the West Philippine Sea. The area is best toured on horseback.

Paoay Lake National ParkThis body of water was declared as a National Park under PD 1554 on June 11, 1978. Known in earlier days as Nangguyudan, legend has it that a village lied beneath Paoay Lake's still waters. The lake has a total area of 386 hectares.

Sand Dunes- The Ilocos Norte sand dunes is a 1,479 HA land formation unique in Southeast Asia, and a popular spot for 4x4 and ATV. For thrill seekers, sand boarding is a must. Best time for 4x4 will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The area is a favorite spot for filmmakers, movies like "Himala", "Panday" and Tom Cruise's "Born on the 4th of July" were shot here.

​* Saud Beach, Pagudpud- The most popular among the scenic spots of the municipality, it is famous for its creamy white sand which frames the emerald water of the heart shaped bay ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Nearby is Caparispisan, ideal for windsurfing, kite surfing and other water activities.

​* Patapata Viaduct- It is a winding viaduct found at the foot of the cliff of the North Cordillera Mountain Ranges. It connects Barangay Balaoi and Barangay Pancian and is around 1.2 kilometers long. The viaduct is often referred to as the French Riviera of the North. The Kalbario Patapat Mountain Ranges is protected as a natural park.

Dos Hermanos, PagudpudThe islands are two identical mountains. Legend says long ago there were two brothers who were very close to each other. They had made a vow to remain together until death.

​* Tanap Rapids, Burgos- This landscape resembling a series of natural blue pools is actually a group of cascading waterfalls, hidden in the outskirts of Barangay Tanap in Burgos. The jagged and intricate formation of the rocks carefully carved by the river makes it one of the most photographic waterfalls in the province. The area is declared as a Watershed Forest Reserve.

​* Dragon Fruit Farm- The Dacuycuy-owned REFMAD Farms in barangay Paayas, Burgos, Ilocos Norte is the first organic dragon fruit plantation in northern Philippines.

Kaangrian Falls, BurgosThe falls is very famous for its abundant waters, forming semi-circles that cascade down the multiple layers of rock. The beauty of the area is a natural landscape of limestone deposits, with hundreds of small sparkling pools on the base of the falls. There are also virgin cave systems nearby.

PILGRIMAGE:

* St. Andrew's Church and Acrobatic Bell Tower, Bacarra- The Bacarra Church, a National Cultural Treasure, together with its bell tower was constructed in 1700 and has undergone several reconstructions and was once the Cathedral See of the Aglipayan Church in the province.

​* St. William's Cathedral and Bell Tower, Laoag- The cathedral is one of the biggest in the country and is the seat of the Diocese of Laoag. It was built of Italian Renaissance design in 1612. It is known for its massive Bell Tower which has been believed to be sinking.

​* Dingras Church Ruins- The facade of Dingris church is similar to the structures of other churches in Ilocos. It is Baroque in style with buttresses similar to the churches in San Nicolas, Sarrat and to a lesser extent Bacarra. the church is currently undergoing renovation.

La Virgen Milagrosa Shrine, Badoc- Estimated to be 400 years old, the revered image of La Virgen Milagros de Badoc is enshined and venerated in the more than 200 year old imposing brick-and-stone baroque Catholic Church of the Parish of Saint John the Baptist in the town of Badoc.

​* Sta. Ana Church, Piddig- The church and its plaza, standing on top of a hill and reached by a grand central stairway, dominate the town center. It is one of the few churches in Ilocos with a preserved wooden pulpit.

San Agustin Church, PaoayBuilt of red bricks and coral stone blocks in 1704 and completed in 1894, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It is renowned for its unique earthquake baroque architectural and 24 heavy uniform buttresses.

​* San Nicolas ChurchThe old Roman Catholic Church, the beautiful San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church which was built in 1701, speaks of the numerous people who kept the Catholic faith alive despite the turmoil of the past 400 years brought about by calamities that destroyed the church building.

Sta. Monica Church and Convent, Sarrat- Of all churches in the Ilocos, Sarrat looks the most neo-classical in style. It was in this church where the Wedding of the Century was held (Irene Romualdez Marcos and Greggy Araneta). About 105 meters in length, it is the longest in Ilocos Norte. It was built in 1669 and completed in 1679 and is an Important Cultural Property.

​* Vintar Church and Convent- The church in Vintar was built in the 1830s, and the core of the convento was begun in 1806 but finished only in the 1860s. Both underwent renovation toward the last quarter of the 19th century.

HERITAGE:

Basi Revolt Monument, Piddig​The 1807 Basi Revolt in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, occurred when the Philippines' Spanish rulers effectively bannned private manufacture of the beverage.

​* Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos- Declared as a National Cultural Treasure, it is perched 160 meters on top of Vigia de Nagpartian hill and is known to be the tallest of its kind in the country. It was first lit on March 31, 1892 and served as a signal to ships passing by the Cape along the South China Sea. Up to this day, the lighthouse remains functional.

Currimao Watch Towers- Built in the late- 18th century under the leadership of the Augustinian friars, the watchtowers of Currimao served to guard an important port that served the capital Laoag.

​* Ilocos Norte CapitolA neoclassical structure built in 1912 and inaugurated in 1924 by Governor Florencio Castro. The present capitol building was built over another structure built during the Spanish colonial era. It is the seat of the provincial government.

​* Josefa Llanes Escoda Shrine, Dingras- It is the historical birthplace of Josefa Llanes Escoda, World War II heroine and founder of Girl Scouts of the Philippines.

​* Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc- Known to be the biggest colonial house in the town of Badoc, Juan Luna was born here in October 24, 1857. The original house was burned in 1862 and the family moved to Manila afterwards. It was restored in 1977 and is now a repository of the memorabilia and reproductions of the works of the world-renowned painter. It is declared as a National Shrine.

​* Museo Ilocos Norte, Laoag- Housed in the historic Tabacalera, the gallery showcases vignette Ilocano Culture. A life-size Ilocano house from the Spanish period is the museum's center piece and their Ilocano cigars are famous souvenirs.

​* Pottery Making (Damili), San NicolasAmong the industries available in the locality is pottery making, particularly the kiln-fired earthenware that comes in various shapes and sizes; from cooking pots, and stoves to water jars and well casings to roof tiles and flue pipes to miniature toys and flowerpots.

Ricarte Shrine, Batac- A park and shrine built in honor of the great hero Artemio Ricarte, the last general to surrender to American Troops and known as the Father of the Philippine Army.

​* Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Laoag- The obelisk of clay and brick was constructed in 1881 at the foot of the Marcos Bridge as a way of thanking King Alfonso XII of Spain for lifting the tobacco monopoly.

Tadek Dance- A dance between a man and a woman in which they sway their hands and stomp their feet while following the beat of the gong or "gansa" and drum or "ludag" as their musical instrument.


*PLACES TO VISIT*

Ilocos Norte is located on the northernmost edge of western Luzon. Its boundaries are formed by the Babuyan Channel on the north and its sister province, Ilocos Norte, on the south. To the west are the tribulent waters of the South China Sea, while the eastern borders are formed by part of the Cagayan Valley, Abra and the Mountain Province. A well-paved coastal highway connects the province with the rest of the country.

Beachesmost notable Ilocos Sur beaches include those in Cabangtalan (in Sinait, also known as Imelda's Cove), Pug-os (in Cabugao); and the towns of Santa, Santa Maria, Santiago, San Esteban, and Candon.

Churchesmost notable of these churches include the Vigan Cathedral (which is the seat of eva Segovia, and where the remains of the Ilocano poet Leona Florentino is interred), Santa Maria Church (which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list), Candon Church (has a grand facade and is famous for its tall bell tower and the longest painting in the Philippines) and Sinait Church (which houses the miraculous Statue of the Black Nazarene).

Nature Spots- scenic spots include the Banaoang River in Bantay (an extension of the Abra River), Pinsal Falls in Santa Maria, and Pikkang Falls in San Juan.

Tirad Pass- declared as a National Shrine, the pass located in the municipality of Gregorio del Pilar was the last stand of the Filipino Revolutionary Forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo.

Bessang Pass- a monument stands on this strategic gap west of Cervantes, which served as the backdoor to General Yamashita's last-ditch defense during the last stage of World War II.

Pagburnayan (Jar)- the Ilocano jar called "burnay", used for storing the local vinegar, local wine "basi", and "bagoong" and as a decorative ware, is produced in factories using the pre-historic method in the southwestern end of Liberation Avenue in Vigan.

​* Loom Weaving- among the Ilocanos' main cottage industries, it produces quality towels, blankets, table runners, and clothing materials with ethnic Ilocano designs.

​* Santiago Cove-​ a stretch of golden sand beach in Santiago with amenities for picnics and water sports.

​* Pinsal Falls- a favorite setting of many local films, Pinsal Falls features Angalo's footprint, the legendary Ilocano giant. The falls is a few kilometers of rough road from the highway. Located at Barangay Babalasiwan, Sta. Maria. Other waterfalls in Ilocos Sur are Caniaw in Bantay, Gambang in Cervantes, Awasen in Sigay and Barasibis in Sinait.

Pug-os Beach- resthouses and picnic sheds are found in this nearly white sand beach in Cabugao.

Sulvec Beachthe rocky shore of Sulvec, Narvacan is a favorite stop of commuters and the locals. Nearby is the Narvacan Tourism Lodge.

Apatot Beach- this cove in San Esteban is frequented by picnic goers. During the last stage of  World War II, US Submarines surfaced in the area to unload arms and supplies for the USAFIP, NL.

Candon Beach- the beach features amenities and facilities for visitors.

*TOURIST ATTRACTIONS*

The province of Ilocos Sur is where the Ilocos Region's myriad of cultures and histories converge to become a living museum of a spirited past. A national shrine, a national landmark, a national museum, heritage museum, ancestral houses, period houses, cobble-stoned streets - they all share space in the timeless land of Ilocos Sur.

Ilocos collectively refers to two provinces in the Philippines: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Inhabitants are called Ilocanos and they speak the language Iloko, also called Ilocano.

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