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...

Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur 9

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...

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...

Capas National Shrine 11

Capas: Honouring the Fallen at Capas Shrine

I admit that I am a history buff. Especially, when it is about the Philippine history. That’s why visiting historical places gives me excitement and thrill. But for our destination, Capas Shrine, what we felt is not excitement, but reverence....