Tupang Gala Blog

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The Grandeur of Aqua Grande

It became a habit for the TupangGala flock to rinse to Dakkel A Danum rapids after swimming at the Blue Lagoon of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Just a few meters after the Patapat Bridge, the Dakkel A Danum Bridge can be...

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Mapisi Rock: Biak na Bato of the North

Known as Mapisi Rock (from the Ilocano word meaning, cut or broken), is situated along the seaside of Barangay Ambucao, just 4 kilometers away from the Nat’l Highway. It is comprised of large boulder of coral rocks that is said...

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Wild Life Encounter at Baluarte

It became a habit for TupangGala to visit Baluarte every year. This private property of Hon. Chavit Singson is a recreational park which consists of a mini zoo, a butterfly garden, a track for horse-riding, a skeet shooting range, a...

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Blue Lagoon of Maira-ira Cove

Branded as “The Blue Lagoon”, the Maira-ira Beach is one of the best beaches of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. That place is like the main attraction after enjoying the sights of many tourist spots such as Timmangtang Rock and Bantay Abot...

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Bewitching Balay-Anito Falls

There are really no falls included in our itinerary when I and the flock went to Santol, La Union last December 2014 – we just went there to visit our fellow sheep. I was intrigued to the town because Santol...

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Paoay Lake: Discovering the Legend

After going to Paoay Church, the flock and I went to the Paoay Lake and ate some lunch there. We prepared food beforehand (that’s how Tupang Gala survive inexpensive travel) and there are no restaurants nearby, just cottages and a...

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Tumulay sa Kawayan sa Caoayan Fish Farms

When I was staying in my friend’s house in Barangay Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, I decided to go to Caoayan, a neighboring town of Vigan. Caoayan is part of the “Metro Vigan” along with the cities and municipalities of Bantay,...

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Kapurpurawan Rocks!

We’ve been always visiting Kapurpurawan Rock Formation for almost 6 years, yet I always revel in that wonderful art of nature. The white rock (probably that’s why its name comes from puraw in Ilocano which means white) is the pride...

Abra river valley. Taken from Bucay before entering the town of Manabo 2

Exploring Manabo, Abra

We have been visiting Abra several times before, but our trip to the province is not complete without reaching the town of Manabo, because of Raquel, one of the Tupang Gala, came from here (and proud Itneg). The town is...

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San Juan’s Nipa Huts along Abra River

Since Abra River has many tributaries, it is often been utilized as river resort. One of the towns that benefited this kind of tourism is San Juan, a quaint, little municipality situated at the northernmost part of Abra. The makeshift...

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Theme Park Thrill: Universal Studios Japan

Located at the Osaka Bay Area, the Universal Studios Japan (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン Yunibāsaru Sutajio Japan) is just one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world and the first one in Asia. Opened in 2001, it is said to have...