Bolinao Lighthouse; Patar; Waterfalls; Nature; Mountains; Pangasinan; Luzon; Tupanggala; 1

Bolinao: Sidetrip at Bolinao Lighthouse

  The second tallest lighthouse in the country, this old towering structure was built by the combined forces of Filipino, American and British engineers in 1905. Majestically rising at 351 feet above sea level, it stands on a solid rock...

Tubuan Beach, Labrador, Pangasinan 2

Labrador: Tubuan Beach and Cabalitian Island

Tubuan Beach is a public beach located between the towns of Labrador and Sual in Pangasinan. Compared to other beaches whose sands are usually whitish, the almost kilometer stretch of Tubuan Beach grayish or blackish in color. But do not...

Gabriela Silang-Cariño Gallery of Fine Arts, Tayum, Abra 4

Tayum: Gabriela Cariño-Silang Gallery of Fine Arts

NOTE: The place is under renovation during our visit.  We’re still thankful that we were welcomed there despite the ongoing development. Located in Tayum, Abra, this museum houses various books, portraits and other priceless works of art. Among these are works...

Darigayos Cove, Luna, La Union 5

Luna: Discover Darigayos Cove

Ever since the flock discovered the Balaoan-Luna route going north, the journey for us it not complete without passing by here. This part of the route is quiet, full of trees and scenic, especially during sunset. And we stop only...

Mt. Caniaw, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Mountain, Ilocos, Mt Caniao 2

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 6

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 2

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...