Backpacking at Ilocos

This trip was never planned. I visited Cebu Pacific’s website September last year and found out a promo. I immediately contacted my best friend Riza and ask if she wants to go to Laoag with me.

Since Riza cannot take a vacation leave, we only booked a one-day trip: leaving Manila on Saturday morning and leaving Laoag on a Sunday evening.

We arrived at Laoag on a late morning. We were lucky to catch the red bus of Laoag which offers free ride from the airport to different points of the city.

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We dropped off the Claveria bus terminal going to Pagudpud beach. We ate our lunch first at the carinderia near the terminal. The fare from the city to Pagudpud is around Php 70-80. We dropped at Gaoa (Bing Bong restaurant as a landmark) and took a tricycle going to Kapuluan Vista resort. We paid Php 60 to the driver. It was a long ride, approximately one kilometre. We arrived at around 5pm.

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Our room is a dorm type fan room which is the cheapest – Php 650 per person. It includes complimentary breakfast and welcome drinks.

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We had a quick stroll at the beach

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It was March so expect big waves. The shore near Kapuluan is rocky so we went to the shores near Hannah’s beach resort to take a quick dip.

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Kapuluan Vista Resort is known for it’s sumptuous meals. We ordered Bagnet and one meal I forgot the name. haha.

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The meal cost around Php 250-300 each. Kinda costly for me, but it is WORTH it!!! We also had the welcome drinks (you get to choose from margarita and iced tea). It was my first time to drink margarita and I loved it!!!

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Riza and I get up early so we can watch the sunrise and swim. Unfortunately the weather was not good. Strong winds hit the beach creating HUGE waves.

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Even if the weather is not cooperating, Riza and I still went outside to take some picture.Image

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As soon as the fogs clear up, we took photos of the Timangtang Rock Formation.

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It was extremely cold so going swimming is a big challenge. We still managed to get ourselves wet but left the beach immediately so not to get sick.

We had our breakfast at 9am. We ordered the famous Vigan longganisa with egg and tomato on the side. And Oh! The coffee, which I super love! Image

We took photo on the bar before leaving the resort

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The surf board here were signed by celebrities who visited the resort.

We left the resort at 10 am and paid Php 60 to the tricycle driver. We catch a bus going to Bangui for Php 25. From Bangui, we hired a tricycle to give us a ride to the windmills, we paid him Php 200.

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The windmills are bigger that you imagine. It looked to me like a spaceship. Haha.

According to manong driver, the Bangui Windmills were built by a Japanese company.

Pasalubong here are cheaper, so make sure to bring home one. I just bought my mini windmill.

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After 30 minutes, we left the Bangui for Burgos. Bus fare is Php 20. Again, we hired tricycle to get us from Burgos to the Kapurpurawan rock formation for Php 250.

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Manong driver said it is prohibited to climb the front part of the rock so went climbing on the back part

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It is UNBELIEVABLE to see this white rock formation. Spell A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Be careful when you climb the rock as there are slippery parts.

The wind here is crazy. It can literally push you, so always keep your balance.

Make sure to bring water when you go to Kapurpurwan because you will surely sweat it out during the trek.

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We left after an hour heading to Laoag. We catch a bus at Burgos and paid Php 50. It is a 2-hour ride to get to the city so brace yourself.

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We had lunch at Macy’s in Laoag.

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The whole meal cost us Php 340.

After the meal we walked around the city to get to the Bell Tower

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It was a Sunday, so the Ilocos Museum is closed.

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The Ilocos Capitol is just nearby.

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So as the park

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After lounging at the park, we rode a calesa going to the market for Php 26.

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It was my first time riding a calesa so I was completely thrilled!

At the market we bought some kornik, empanada and longganisa.

The one-day Ilocos tour might be so much bitin (there are a lot of places we were not able to see) but it was very FUN! Bangui windmills are UNBELIEVABLE and the Kapurpurawan rock formation is AMAZING plus the Pagudpud beach is BEAUTIFUL. I will definitely go back to Ilocos!

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