Mt. Caniaw, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Mountain, Ilocos, Mt Caniao 0

Bantay: Mt. Caniaw, Easy Breezy Morning Trip

Mount Caniao is the highest point of the mountain ridges on the northern part of Ilocos Sur. Its summit is almost 700 MASL, accessible through an 8-kilometer concrete road. It is nicknamed “radar” because of the radio equipment such as...

Ipon Harvest, Santa, Ilocos Sur, Tupang Gala, Ilocandia, Gabriela Silang 4

Santa: Ipon, The Mysterious Little Fishes

Almost immediately after entering the town proper of Santa, Ilocos Sur, you will be meeting with several women selling tiny fish. These fish are called “ipon”, and Santa is blessed to have plenty of them. This is the town’s prized...

Banaoang Bridge, Bantay, Ilocos Sur 1

Bantay: Banaoang Bridge Sidetrip

Spreading across the Abra River, connecting the town of Santa and Bantay, considered as an iconic symbol of Ilocandia, the Banaoang Bridge, also known as Quirino Bridge, named in commemoration of the late former president Elpidio Quirino, is highly praised...

Bantay Watchtower. Bantay, Ilocos Sur 4

Bantay: Enduring Watchtower of Bantay

Bantay Bell Tower was built in 1591 and serves as the belfry of the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Caridad, St. Augustine Parish (one of the oldest surviving churches in Ilocos region established in 1590). It also served as a...

Pinsal Falls, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur 5

Sta. Maria: Legendary Pinsal Falls

As the rumored footprint of the legendary Ilocano giant Angalo, the breathtaking Pinsal falls is a very popular destination in Ilocos Sur because of its natural yet mesmerizing landscape. The cold water flowing here is an ideal place for swimming...

Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur 8

Del Pilar: Trek to Historic Tirad Pass

Located in the mountainous town of Gregorio del Pilar, it is the site of the infamous Battle of Tirad Pass where valiant Filipinos led by General Gregorio del Pilar defended General Emilio Aguinaldo from the advancing American forces. It is...

Aw-Asen Falls, Sigay, Ilocos Sur 7

Sigay: Awesome Aw-Asen Falls

Situated in the mountainous regions of Ilocos Sur, the Aw-Asen falls is the province’s hidden gem. While just going to the town of Sigay where it is located is already an adventure of its own, it’s perhaps much more if the...

The Heritage Village. Taken around 5:45 am 6

Vigan: Blue Hour at the Heritage Village

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines whose structures have remained intact. Well-known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European...