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Sand, wind, brick and sun of Ilocos Norte

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An October 2011 trip to Ilocos Norte by manlalakbay

Bangui Windmills Photo, Bangui, Philippines More Photos
Quote: The province is definitely a great mix of natural wonders and cultural heritage. There is just much to explore in one day!

The Search for the Sand Dunes

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Sunset by Fort Ilocandia Photo, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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The Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes is quite a popular spot for movie locations, often made to look like a desert or a desserted island. Most famous among the Hollywood movies shot here was Platoon, starring Tom Cruise. In the local scene, there have been a lot of classic Filipino movies that were shot in the place. Among these were Panday ("Blacksmith," a folk fantasy flick), Himala ("Miracles," a religious commentary film) and the original and remake of Temptation Island (a campy unintentional comedy about five beauty pageant finalist stuck in a desert island).Having these films in its roster, it was definitely a must-visit. It was 4.30 PM when we left Paoay to proceed to the Ilocos Sand Dun...Read More

Paoay Church

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Paoay Church Photo, Paoay, Philippines
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The St. Augustine Church is more popularly known as Paoay Church. Paoay is actually the name of the town where it is located. The Church is one of the most iconic structures of the Ilocos Norte region. Photos of it are usually used for postcards for Ilocos Norte.The Church has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. This is no surprise because compared to many other churches in the Philippines, it is one of the most well-preserved among the old baroque churches built during the Spanish times.The structure was built from corals, bricks, tree sap and lumber. The structure was initially established by Augustinian friars in the late 1694. It was fully finished in 1894. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2011

Paoay Church

Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

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Attraction | "Rockin' Kapurpurawan Rock Formation"

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Photo, Burgos, Philippines
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While doing research on places to see in Ilocos, one consistent thing from biogs was that the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation was their favorite. It was something I had to see for myself, what exactly this hype was about. It can be found in the town of Burgos, which is about an hour's ride from Laoag City. Those driving must make sure to look at the left side of the road because that is the side where the signs are located. The turn for the rock formation is actually just a few kilometers from the turn to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse.The descending path leading to it is quite rocky and just wide enough for one vehicle to pass. From the highway, it is about 3.1KM but it took us ar...Read More

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Near Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse Photo, Burgos, Philippines
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During my first visit to Ilocos, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was one of my favorite attractions. That is why I was determined to be able to show it to my husband who has never been to Ilocos before.After our visit to Bangui windmills, we tried to hurry to the lighthouse which I knew offered a spectacular view of the sunset. We got to the lighthouse around 5.20PM but apparently it closes at 5PM. I found this unfortunate because the natural light of the sunset would have made for good photos.Not to be easily discouraged, we decided to sit by the steps and just watch the sun set over Cape Bojeador, which was what the part of the sea one can see from the lighthouse. It was def...Read More

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Vigia de Nagparitan Hill
Burgos, Ilocos Norte

Bangui Windmills

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Attraction | "Windblown by the Bangui windmills"

Bangui Windmills Photo, Bangui, Philippines
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One of the main reasons why I wanted to go back to Ilocos was to see the Bangui windmills. The first time I went to Ilocos Norte in 2003, it was still not established. Having seen several photos from friends, as well as having lived in Netherlands for a while, I thought it a necessity to see the Bangui windmills.Bangui is actually the name of the town where the windmills are located. Officially it is called Northwind Bangui Bay project. There are 20 windmills, each standing 70 meters tall with turbines spanning around 40 meters long. It is the first wind farm in the Philippines and situated on the beach of Bangui facing the South China Sea. The windmills are able to provide up to 40...Read More

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Bangui Windmills
Luzon Island
Bangui, Ilocos Norte

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davao, Philippines

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The Search for the Sand Dunes