2012: AdventuRoj Year of Firsts!

So, I’ve got to be honest: it’s REALLY surreal to be writing this year ender special to you guys. I can’t believe it’s already December, and that 2012 is coming to a close! What a year it’s been!

Looking back at 2012 is a little strange, actually. Strange, because it was such an amazing year, where so many of my dreams came true—so many, in fact, that it still doesn’t feel quite real.

I could still remember that one cold New Year Morning in January 2012 when I’ve pondered to create AdventuRoj.com, thinking it might be good to start the year with a New Blog for a New Year.

Some days, it feels like it happened to someone else, or that it was just the very best dream I ever had in my life, and I’ll wake up one morning and none of it will have happened. But 2012 DID happen. And so many of those dreams came true because of YOU GUYS.

So to give back to all that had happened, I’ve made a special year ender for all of you. So sit back, relax and together let’s reminisce the Adventure we’ve had for 2012!

2012 Adventuroj Year-Ender Video Special

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January 2012: Celebrating New Beginnings

It was my first outdoor far away trip on my birthday month. Drove all the way to Bukidnon  and had a blastin’ adventure there!

January 2012

January 2012

Festive February 2012

Come February, and a lot of travel adventures in line. We’ve come flying all the way to Clark for a weekend of everything that flies. Then went roaming around on Subic. The following weekend, me and my travel buddy had a Palawan get away to celebrate her big day. And the adventure didn’t end there, after that, coming back home to join GenSan’s Colorful Kalilangan Festival.

From the Skies to the Grounds and into the Deep

From the Skies to the Grounds and into the Deep

A Sunny Side of March

After trekking a bit of Luzon, let’s now head south at Zamboanga City this Month of March. Coupled with my closest friends, we’ve challenged ourselves to a Zamboanga City 3D/2N: 1,000 Peso Travel Challenge. Wondering if we did it? Find out! Who says that exploring the Pink Island of Zamboanga, the historic sites, and the colorful musically gyrating fountains can be luxurious?!

March 2012: Marching All the Way at Zamboanga City

March 2012: Marching All the Way at Zamboanga City

A Peaceful Month of April

After a series of outdoor adventures, AdventuRoj went home to spend some quality time with her family. A trip at my grandparent’s homeplace in Maitum, Sarangani Province, and a quick Dinosaurs Alive getaway in GenSan. Apart from that, the month of April had been lined of blogposts focusing on the essence of Holy Week [my Wholly Week Special series of posts], enabling one to reflect in silent peace and harmony.

April 2012: Enjoying Some Quality Time Back Home

April 2012: Enjoying Some Quality Time Back Home

An Adventurous May

On the month of May, I was once again back at Clark and in Subic. This time together with my family and friends, we’ve ventured out the life in the wild, heading to the Jungle Zoobic Safari, and a water adventure at the Ocean Adventure park at Subic.

May 2012: Back at Subic to Enjoy the Marine and Jungle Life

May 2012: Back at Subic to Enjoy the Marine and Jungle Life

A Grandiose & Vibrant June

Come my most awaited month, perhaps my most favorite-estestest! Haha. Featuring Adventuroj’ first out of the country trip this year, off to Hong Kong! Not just that but also the chance to witness my greatest admired singer and song writer, Jason Mraz Live in Concert.

June 2012: A Trip to Hong Kong, feat. Jason Mraz Live

June 2012: A Trip to Hong Kong, feat. Jason Mraz Live

Watch Jason Mraz Live in Hong Kong Video

A Jovial and Joyful July 2012

The merriment’s not yet over, this July we’ve had a feast of colors in vibrant costumes paired with joyous beats of the drums in celebrating my home province’s South Cotabato‘s T’Nalak Festival!

Tnalak Festival in South Cotabato: A Parade of Colors

Tnalak Festival in South Cotabato: A Parade of Colors

Not just that, this month was also extra special because Adventuroj won its first Major Blog Award being hailed as the winner of Tnalak 2012 Blog Writing Contest. For everyone who supported me during my endeavor, my heartfelt thanks to all of you.

Celebrating Differences: Tnalak Festival Amo na ya!

Celebrating Differences: Tnalak Festival Amo na ya!

Click Here to Read my Winning Entry

An Adventuresome August

During this month of August, we’ve ventured out all the way from Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, to dancing to the beats of Kadayawan Festival in Davao, and enjoyed a Surfing adventure @ Siargao.

Adventure at Lake Agco Kidapawan City

Adventure at Lake Agco Kidapawan City

August 2012: Surf's Up in Siargao

August 2012: Surf’s Up in Siargao

Kadayawan Festival 2012 in Davao City

Kadayawan Festival 2012 in Davao City

Life’s a Beach in September

This month of September, we’ve gone Beachin’ fun in Cebu & Bohol with my barkada with only a 3k budget.  Then the week after I’m off to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo to celebrate my dad’s birthday along with the whole family.

Beachin From Cebu-Bohol to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo

Beachin From Cebu-Bohol to Boracay-Guimaras-Iloilo

October 2012 Birthday Fest

This month of October, Adventuroj arranged a trip to take my Family for my Mom’s Big Day at Palawan. A once in a life time experience trailing the ever popular Underground River and a taste of another exotic food, ‘Tamilok’. Have you tasted one?

October 2012: Taking my Family for my Mom's Big Day at Palawan

October 2012: Taking my Family for my Mom’s Big Day at Palawan

A Nostalgic November 2012

For the month of November, we’ve gone back in time as we journeyed the heritage sites of Vigan and old Churches in Laoag. Then followed with an off road 4×4 adventure sand boarding at La Paz Sand Dunes and a Pagudpud Scenuic Tour.

November 2012: A Journey Back in Time in Ilocos - Vigan - Pagudpud

November 2012: A Journey Back in Time in Ilocos – Vigan – Pagudpud

An End of the World Year Ender in December

And to end the year this December, a grand Visayas Backpacking in Cebu – Siquijor – Negros – Bacolod – and Iloilo.

Backpacking in Cebu-Siquijor-Negros-Bacolod-Iloilo

Backpacking in Cebu-Siquijor-Negros-Bacolod-Iloilo

Fast isn’t it? I hope you guys have an amazing holiday season, and that, no matter what your dreams might be, they come true, too.

Thank you again—from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you to everyone who read my blog, and encouraged me to keep on posting.

Thank you to the wonderful friends and family I have who helped made my 2012 a success!

Some of you have wondered if I am going to post more travelogues, adventures, and misadventures. The answer is an unequivocal: YES! 🙂

Writing to help make our world a better place, as I have found, is highly addictive.

Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to you all, as the case may be. Wishing you a wonderful and festive time with those you love.

Looking forward to many more adventures, discussion, and friendship with you all in the year to come!

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blogcarnival3001This is my First entry to Pinoy Travel Blogger’s Blog Carnival for December 2012,with the theme: “2012: This Year In Travel”.Hosted by Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie and Regine Camille Garcia of Between Coordinates

12.21.12: The Day We Met a UFO at Ice Giants, Davao

Tonight is the night they say would end it all. And tonight is also the night me and my friends met the UFO.

Not the terrestrial body that you’re thinking. Wanna know what it is? Here goes…

Me and my friends originally planned to visit Manna tonight. It’s one of the brightest place here in Davao filled with colorful lights every Christmas Season. On our way, we decided to have a pit stop to fuel our growling tummies at Ice Giants, Damosa Branch, Damosa, DC.

The Stars at Damosa Walkway

Upon our entrance, we spent a few minutes cam hoarding first. Flashing smiles in various poses with the starry background.

Damosa Davao Walkway

Damosa Davao Walkway

A traveler without observation, is a bird without wings.. — at Damosa Gateway, Davao City

Damosa Davao Walkway

The Ice Giants Experience

We were welcomed by Sleeping Giants as we entered Ice Giants. This I find quite funny. But we didn’t mind, and proceeded inside.

The Sleeping Giants at Ice Giants

The Sleeping Giants at Ice Giants

Some more picture taking moments…

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City

As the Giany Devours..

As the Giany Devours..

Ice Giants Damosa Davao City

Reflections...

Reflections…

Ordered what we want – A Pasta (Tuna Pesto and Creamy Carbonara) and Ice Cream for each of us.

The food arrived and we dig into it sumptuously.

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry’s good, stuffed with Cherries, Strawberries, Choco syrup, mallows and choco kisses.

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Berry Strawberry at Damosa Davao

Tuna Pesto

Tuna Pesto

The Carbonara tastes good but the Tuna Pesto I find a bit dry.

Creamy Carbonara

Creamy Carbonara

Mango Sundae

Mango Sundae

The UFO (Unidentified Floating Object)

As we were nearing the end of our meal, one of my friends noticed something in her Berry Strawberry Ice Cream.

Take a look at what it is.

The UFO - Unidentified Floating Object

The UFO – Unidentified Floating Object

We first spend some moments wondering what it is, me taking photos, them speculating the Unidentified Floating Object (UFO).

Then we finally called the waiter’s attention and asked, “Kuya ano ‘to?”

 

The UFO - Unidentified Floating Object at a Closer Look

The UFO – Unidentified Floating Object at a Closer Look

The waiter, obviously startled of what was found in the food and ashamed at the same time, almost stammering answered, “Cellophane (plastic) po ata Maam,” apologetically.

I could see in his face that he don’t know what to do, he even offered to prepare a new Berry Strawberry for my friend. But we refused, we were already bloated enough to take more.

We left the place with a different image of the place in our mind than we used to have. Probably an honest mistake, but I guess something that they should take as a lesson to learn from.

Rough Budget Travel Guide to El Nido

It’s 45minutes before the so called ‘End of the World’ and I’m sitting here on my lappy, working my ass out, while pondering about what I’ve done in my life – mostly my travels (*it’s perhaps one of the innermost drives that fuels me), will the aftermath God find this cause noble? Oh well. Enough with my thoughts.

This is just a sudden blog post, while on the middle of my thoughts, I received this PM via FB from someone asking a rough budget guide to El Nido.

El Nido Map

El Nido Map

Question:

Hi, Roj!

Good evening! Actually d kita kilala

Pero magtatanong lang sana ako about sa Palawan trip… if you wont mind. Kasi napansin ko uv been to almost all of the tourist destinations ng Pinas. So, i think ikaw yung pinaka-reliable person na pwedeng makatulong amin. hehehe!

Nasa Saudi ako ngayon at plano namin ng wife ko at mga kaibigan namin na pumunta ng El Nido pag-uwi namin– mga 2nd week of January ’13. Kaso wala kaming makitang murang packages (d namin kaya ang 10k+, hanggang 6k lang kami. hehehe). May alam ka bang mura na package? Or Anong advice mo para malessen ang expenses namin? We badly need your inputs.

Thanks in advance!

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So with his kind words, the travel soul in me awakened. There’s nothing more fulfilling of being a travel blogger than being able to help fellow traveler. So below I’ve come up with a quick how to get there and budget accommodations + etc + etc to El Nido.

How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa, Palawan?

Bus/Van: Eulen Joy Bus Line or Sweety Bus Line go from Puerto Princesa to El Nido at 5, 7, and 9am (Php 350 ; eight hours travel). Departure from El Nido for Puerto Princesa roughly between 5 and 8:30am.

The Aircon RoRo Bus leaves daily at 6am, and 2pm; the return bus also leaves at 6am and 2pm (6hrs ; Php500)

Fort Valley Vans leave Puerto Princesa for El Nido at 7 and 11am (Php 600 ; six hours). A Saviour Shuttle Company leaves at 7am.

El Nido Map

El Nido Affordable Accommodations

Lualhati Cottage. Rizal St. Cel 0919 319 6683 @ SR/DR/Fan/Bath P500. Located at the Southern edge of town heading in the direction of Corong-corong.

Cliffside Cottages. Rizal St, Cel 0919 785 6625. SR/DR/Fan/Bath P600

Ricos’ Beach Cottage . Hama St, Cel 0929 467 1632 @ SR/DR/Fan P600 and P750, SR/DR/ac/bath P1600.

Dara Faye Beach Cottages . Hama St Cel 0919 322 1416. SR/DR/fan/bath P700, cottage/fan/bath P1000.

Marina Garden Beach Cottages. Hama St. Cel 0917 624 7722 @ Cottage / fan/bath P730 and P1000. A more established place with basic, conventional cottages and a new building with good, clean rooms.

El Nido Island Hopping Guide

El Nido Palawan

El Nido Palawan

You can also have a boat take you from El Nido to a beach or nearby island of your choice. A few suggestions might be:

  • Bocal Island (P600 per boat, up to 4 passengers)
  • Paradise Beach (P600)
  • Pasandigan Cove (P700) ; good for snorkelling
  • Dilumacad (Helicopter Island) P700
  • Ipil Beach (P600)
  • Lapus-Lapus Beach (P600)
  • Inabuyutan Island (P1000)
  • and Seven Commandos Beach (P700) ; excellent for snorkeling.

El Nido Budget Tour Contacts

A variety of whole day island hopping tours (9am-4pm) P750 and P900 per person, including BBQ Lunch, can be arranged through Judith in the Travel Center of El Nido Boutique and Artcafe, Cel 0920 902 6317. She also organizes kayak tours.

Tuba-tours (Rhoderikc dela Cruz) Hama St next to the Squidos Restaurant, Cel 0927 724 5496, offers island hopping around El Nido.

An Eco Tourism Development Fee of P200 per person to be paid (good for ten days).

So there it is! An instant budget guide to El Nido.

Special Thanks to my copy of Philippines Travel Guide by Jens Peters, 2012 edition.

Highly Recommended: You could read reviews about the book HERE

Phil Travel Guide 2012 by Jens Peters. Got myself a copy from the author himself! ^^,

Phil Travel Guide 2012 by Jens Peters. Got myself a copy from the author himself! ^^,

Scenic Views at Patapat Viaduct

Perhaps one of the most beautiful views of the beach while on the road that one could find is this. I’ve seen numerous similar places, along the road going to Mati, Davao Oriental, along Gensan going to Maasim, Sarangani, and many others but none could compare to this.

Patapat Viaduct: A Winding Scenical Journey

The Patapat Viaduct is an elevated road — over 30 meters above sea level. The Patapat Viaduct is a 1.2 km long and 30m high bridge on stilts along the coast of Pasaleng Bay in the open South China Sea.

Patapat Viaduct

Patapat Viaduct

Patapat Viaduct Pagudpud

Patapat Viaduct Pagudpud

Winding Patapat Viaduct

Winding Patapat Viaduct

Connecting the Maharlika Highway in Laoag to the Cagayan Valley,  this is a busy street above the coastal areas of Pagudpud. The fourth longest bridge in the country, this winding concrete beauty is said to be the northernmost roadway part of Ilocos Norte.

I would surely love to drive along this refreshing scenery!

Agua Grande

A few kilometers away you’ll also find Agua Grande, a scenic view of a river that meets the ocean.

Agua Grande

Agua Grande

Agua Grande

Agua Grande

Souvenir Shops and The Grotto

At the end of North Pagudpud tour lies the souvenir shops and the grotto, with a flowing water nearby.

Pasalubong Shops

Pasalubong Shops

Grotto

Grotto

The Beautiful Saud Beach in Pagudpud

Pagudpud lies on scenic Bangui Bay, about 60km north of Laoag, and is highly popular with local tourists.

Their favorite destination is the long stretch of beautiful, white, palm-lined sand called Saud Beach, the backdrop for many Philippine Films.

Pagudpud Saud Beach

Pagudpud Saud Beach

Sunsets here are one of the picturesque views in the Philippines, as the area is located in the northernmost west part of the country, enabling one a full direct view of the sun.

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Cathy’s Home Stay in Pagudpud: An Affordable Accommodation

However some of the resorts on Saud Beach are not exactly suitable for those on budget like us.

Wondering where to stay without emptying your pocket?

Perhaps the most affordable and decent one available is Cathy’s Home Stay.

Cathy's Home Stay Pagudpud

Cathy’s Home Stay Pagudpud

You could try to surf the internet and I’m sure her place would come highly recommended, Maam Cathy is so accommodating that she doesn’t fail to check on her guests. She also offered a free ‘sundo’ upon our arrival in Pagudpud.

How to Find Cheap Food in Saud, Pagudpud?

Now the hard part, looking for an affordable dinner meal in the area.

After sunset, we walked along the shore of Saud in search of an affordable place to eat since we were on a budget. But find none.

We also asked the locals and they told us that almost all of the restaurants here offer high end dishes. But they said that if we are really on a budget, we could visit the small store nearby for they sell canned goods and cook them for a fee but way much, much cheaper.

And so we choose the cheaper option not knowing that the store is still a kilometer or more away. It is already night time and there are no street lights along the way, since the store is located in the outskirts of the more populous part of the Beach.

But then the trek was still fun. Grappling in the dark, with no flash lights, hearing the sounds of night forest animals, with the picturesque night starry sky above you. Quite an experience.

We were able to eat at the said ‘sari-sari’ store for only 50php each. *with softdrinks, 2 cups of rice, viand, and some chichirya to eat on the return night time trek. hehe

Saud Beach Morning View

The next morning we woke up early, walked by the shore and spend some time capturing wonders that lie before us before we started our day tour around Pagudpud.

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Where Waves Hit The Cliffs: At Bantay Abot Cave & Other Rock Formations

If you’re looking for beautiful rock formations on scenic beach views, then Pagudpud is for you.

Here you could find lots and of that. A few of them that are worth visiting to are:

Timmangtang Rock Formation

A bell-shaped rock located along the seacoast of Sitio Gaoa, Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

Timangtang Rock Formation

Timangtang Rock Formation

Timangtang Pagudpud

Timangtang Pagudpud

Timangtang Rock

Timangtang Rock

Not far away from the Timmangtang Rock is the Bantay-abot Cave. They are collectively known as the “Lover’s Rock”. The Timmangtang Rock is the male rock and the Bantay-abot Cave the female. Take a look…

Lover’s Rock

Bantay Abot Cave

Not a cave but a big tunnel lie hole in the ledge of the cliff jotting out into the sea into the way of the Blue Lagoon.

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave View

Bantay Abot Cave View

Bantay Abot Cave Viewdeck

Bantay Abot Cave Viewdeck

Bantay Abot Cave Entrance

Bantay Abot Cave Entrance

Adventuroj Bantay Abot Cave

Adventuroj Bantay Abot Cave

Rocky Bantay Abot Cave

Rocky Bantay Abot Cave

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Pagudpud is also known as the Boracay of the North, but in my own opinion, you cannot compare the two.

Apparently, Blue Lagoon has longer shoreline than Boracay and when you get to walk from the water, you’ll see cottages and not fancy hotels. I just hope that this beach remain unspoiled.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Boracay of the North

Boracay of the North

Trekking to Kabigan Falls

Another stop of our Pagudpud trike tour is the 25m high, majestic Kabigan Falls (aka Kaibigan Falls).

The Majestic Kabigan Falls

The Majestic Kabigan Falls

What I like about this journey is the need to trek for 30 minutes through rivers, mountain trails, wooden bridges, before one can arrive into this beauty accompanied by a tour guide.

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Kabigan Tour Guide

Kabigan Tour Guide

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Pretty much like going through a suffering, that makes the goal even rewarding huh?

Trekking to Kabigan Falls

Trekking to Kabigan Falls

Bathing is possible in the cool, clear waters of the natural pool.

Admission Fee is P30. And if you ever go hungry or thirsty along the way, need not worry for the area has plentiful of vendors selling buko juices fresh from the coconut and other delicacies.

Kabigan Falls

Along our trekking, I also happen to witness a very traditional way of doing the laundry in the Philippines, the ‘Palo-palo Method’. It’s good to see that locals in this area are still practicing this tradition, something that I only see in old movies nowadays.

The Traditional Palo palo Method of Washing Clothes

The Traditional Palo palo Method of Washing Clothes

Until next time ‘Kaibigan’!

Enjoying the beauty of Nature

Enjoying the beauty of Nature

Kabigan Falls

The above blog post is part of my Ilokandia Ultimate Adventure – Laoag – Pagudpud – Vigan tour series of posts in the Ilocos Region, Philippines that happened last November 28 – December 2, 2012. | Ilocos Adventure: Laoag Vigan Pagudpud Budget Itinerary | Laoag City Walking Tour: Places, Food, and Fun Treats | Ilocandia Sand Boarding and 4×4 Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes | Paoay Tour: Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North and the Paoay Lake | Bangui Windmills: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind | Historical Adventure at Faro de Cabo Bojeador | Trekking to Kabigan Falls | Bantay Abot Cave & Other Rock Formations | Scenic Views at Patapat Viaduct | The White Pride of Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Historical Adventure at Faro de Cabo Bojeador

Another pit stop in the Pagudpud Tour is the historical Light House of Cape Bojeador in Burgos.

Cape Bojeador Adventure

Cape Bojeador Adventure

The Light House was built in 1892 by the Spaniards to guide sea farers that time. It’s also known as Faro de Cabo Bojeador, and perhaps one of the oldest in the country.

Standing Strong Against Time

Standing Strong Against Time

One could also enjoy the beautiful view of the South China Sea from the historical construction.

Overlooking the South China Sea

Overlooking the South China Sea

Walking through it is mysterious enough. Just imagine going in it alone late in the afternoon with the light bading goodbye and the darkness welcoming.

Cape Bojeador Wall

Cape Bojeador Wall

SpoOoooooky.. hehe

Good thing that we have the sun shining brightly upon our visit here.

How to go to Cape Bojeador?

Adventuroj at Cape Bojeador

Adventuroj at Cape Bojeador

The visit to the Cape Bojeador is part of our Pagudpud Tricycle Tour with Kuya Rene

  • South and North Pagudpud Tour (Tricycle)
  • Rate: 1,000 pesos per tour
  • Contact Details: 09208532047 look for Kuya Rene

Pagudpud Budget Tour Details

Here is the list of the activities you can do to appreciate Pagudpud.

  • Swim and surf in the breathtaking Saud Beach
  • Thirty minutes trek to majestic Kabigan Falls
  • Stopover at Patapat Viaduct with blue skies and blue sea waters as backdraft
  • See Bantay Abot cave, where waves hit the cliffs
  • Drop by Agua Paraiso, where waves hit the rocks
  • Enjoy huge wave and white sand in pristine Blue Lagoon(Maira-ira beach)
  • Witness Pagudpud sunset
  • Visit Bangui Wind Mills, Bojeador (Burgos) Lighthouse, Curimao, Laoag, Paoay and Vigan

Here’s our ‘trike’ tour guide s’trike’ing a pose. ^^,

Pagudpud Trike Tour - Kuya Rene

Pagudpud Trike Tour – Kuya Rene

The above blog post is part of my Ilokandia Ultimate Adventure – Laoag – Pagudpud – Vigan tour series of posts in the Ilocos Region, Philippines that happened last November 28 – December 2, 2012. | Ilocos Adventure: Laoag Vigan Pagudpud Budget Itinerary | Laoag City Walking Tour: Places, Food, and Fun Treats | Ilocandia Sand Boarding and 4×4 Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes | Paoay Tour: Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North and the Paoay Lake | Bangui Windmills: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Bangui Windmills: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

The Bangui Windmills are located in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The windmills, officially referred to as the NorthWind Bangui Bay Project, were a project by the NorthWind Development Corporation as a practice renewable energy sources and to help reduce the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The project is the first “Wind Farm” in the Philippines consisting of wind turbines on-shore facing the South China Sea and considered to be the BIGGEST IN SOUTHEAST ASIA!

Bangui Windmills, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Amazing isn’t it?

A Taste of Freedom!

A Taste of Freedom!

It sells 40% electricity to Ilocos Norte and is contributing to reduce the greenhouse effect which causes global warming. Can you imagine how simple life is in Ilocos Norte? Fifty percent energy consumption of SM Megamall is the whole energy consumption in Ilocos Norte.

Looking in Amazement at the Beautiful Eco Friendly Bangui WIndmills

Looking in Amazement at the Beautiful Eco Friendly Bangui WIndmills

Each windmill has 236 meters apart on shore. These beautiful structures has 41 meters blade and the its height is roughly equivalent to a 23-storey building.

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Seeing these 20 beautiful windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte is one of my most awaited highlight of our Pagudpud adventure. We can’t explain the feeling when we first saw these windmills. Truly, the answer to our energy problem is Blowing in the Wind…

The Pasalubong Center at Bangui Windmills

Souvenir Shops at Bangui Windmills

How to go to Bangui Windmills?

The visit to the Bangui Windmill is part of our Pagudpud Tricycle Tour with Kuya Rene (

  • South and North Pagudpud Tour (Tricycle)
  • Rate: 1,000 pesos per tour
  • Contact Details: 09208532047 look for Kuya Rene

Pagudpud Budget Tour Details

Here is the list of the activities you can do to appreciate Pagudpud.

  • Swim and surf in the breathtaking Saud Beach
  • Thirty minutes trek to majestic Kabigan Falls
  • Stopover at Patapat Viaduct with blue skies and blue sea waters as backdraft
  • See Bantay Abot cave, where waves hit the cliffs
  • Drop by Agua Paraiso, where waves hit the rocks
  • Enjoy huge wave and white sand in pristine Blue Lagoon(Maira-ira beach)
  • Witness Pagudpud sunset
  • Visit Bangui Wind Mills, Bojeador (Burgos) Lighthouse, Curimao, Laoag, Paoay and Vigan
The above blog post is part of my Ilokandia Ultimate Adventure – Laoag – Pagudpud – Vigan tour series of posts in the Ilocos Region, Philippines that happened last November 28 – December 2, 2012. | Ilocos Adventure: Laoag Vigan Pagudpud Budget Itinerary | Laoag City Walking Tour: Places, Food, and Fun Treats | Ilocandia Sand Boarding and 4×4 Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes | Paoay Tour: Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North and the Paoay Lake | Bangui Windmills: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind | Historical Adventure at Faro de Cabo Bojeador

Paoay Tour: Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North and the Paoay Lake

Paoay Lake

After dusting myself up from the Sand Boarding Adventure, it is now time to head to our next destination – Paoay!

Our original plan was to rent a trike from the city (Laoag) going to Paoay. However we’ve found the trike drivers too overpriced! Imagine 600php? When you could just take a public jeepney going to Paoay for only 34pesos?!

Don’t ask me what I took! Haha.

Jeepney going to Paoay

Jeepney going to Paoay

And so after around 30minutes, we’ve reached our first stop on the list, the Paoay Church.

Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

The St. Augustine Church or popularly known as Paoay Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It’s construction started in 1694 by the Agustinian Friars, completed 1894 and was re-dedicated in the same year. It is made of coral blocks and brick that incorporates Gothic, Baroque and Oriental designs that add up to its striking appeal.

Built to withstand earthquakes common in our country, it is probably the best-known “earthquake baroque” church in the Philippines. In fact, one of its key features are the 24 carved buttresses that support the church’s structure during earthquakes.

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

Paoay Church

Paoay Bell Tower

Paoay Bell Tower

Paoay Bell Tower

Unlike other bell towers in most churches around the country, the Paoay Church’s stunning bell tower is detached from the church. This is to avoid the tower from smashing on the structure when an earthquake occurs.

After the Paoay Church, we headed to the residence of the Marcoses and the Lake Paoay. This time we’ve rented a tricycle for 170php since there are no or few public transpo that goes in there.

Paoay Lake

Paoay Lake

Paoay Lake

Paoay Lake

Paoay Lake

Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North is located in Barrio Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte and it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. A minimal fee of 30 pesos is collected for those who want to visit the place.

Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North

Built as the official residence of then President Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte, it is an imposing structure that resembles a 19th Century “bahay na bato” with an overlooking view of the legendary Paoay Lake. This once a seat of power is now converted into a museum that houses several memorabilia of the former President and his family.

Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North

Malacañang of the North

TRIVIA: The Malacanang of the North is actually a “birthday gift” of then First Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband on his 60th birthday.

Ilocos Food Treats

By lunch time, we’ve headed to Batac and there took our lunch, delighting ourselves with various Ilocano dishes – pinakbet, etc. as well as their specialty empanada.

Ilocos Food Treats

Ilocos Food Treats

The above blog post is part of my Ilokandia Ultimate Adventure – Laoag – Pagudpud – Vigan tour series of posts in the Ilocos Region, Philippines that happened last November 28 – December 2, 2012. | Ilocos Adventure: Laoag Vigan Pagudpud Budget Itinerary | Laoag City Walking Tour: Places, Food, and Fun Treats | Ilocandia Sand Boarding and 4×4 Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes | Paoay Tour: Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North and the Paoay Lake