Pasyar Ilocos: Wrapping Up

Tour – Php4,088.00
Day 1 – Php1,280.00
Day 2 – Php650.00
Day 3 – Php600.00
Total Expenses – Php6,618.00

 Some thoughts:

  • Thank God for digicams, we were able to capture a thousand pictures.
  • It’s fun to travel with friends who are photography enthusiasts hehe. SLR kung SLR.
  • Unfortunately, we were not able to visit the falls and the rock formation. Oh well, next time 🙂
  • Along the way, there are a lot of newly built houses or houses under construction. And these are big houses with complete exterior (and perhaps interior) finishing. At times I wonder how they did it. But I’ll just take it as a sign if progress for these owners due to their perseverance and hard work 🙂
  • During socials (any socials for that matter), lovelife is and will always be an interesting topic. Hopefully soon, I’ll have one interesting story of my own to share 🙂
  • There are a lot of wonderful places to see in the Philippines. Hopefully, everyone will be given the chance to explore it. 🙂
Thank you Ilocos. I had fun especially during the times that I was able to converse with locals in Ilocano hehehe. It feels closer to my home sweet home. 🙂
Thank you father God for the unending blessings. I am forever grateful.
Note: All pictures in the Ilocos posts are courtesy of Jacq and Vivi. Thanks girls! 🙂

Pasyar Ilocos Day 3

Happy Easter! In Ilocano, naragsak a pascua ti panagungar.
Our pitstops:
St. William Cathedral and Sinking Tower
After a quick breakfast at Eagle’s nest, we hailed a tricycle to take us to St. William cathedral where we attended the Easter mass. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any idea on the schedule so we arrived late for the 7:30 mass. Also, the mass was in Ilocano so it was more challenging for our non-Ilocano friends and to me as well since I was not used to it. It was more than a decade since the last time i heard mass in Ilocano so errr I forgot the responses ahihi.

The sinking tower is also at the same area where the cathedral is so we had photo ops session after the mass hehe.

Heritage Village
At around 9:30 AM, we checked out at the hotel and started the trip back to Ilocos sur. We arrived at the village at around 11 AM so we had at least 1.5 hours to tour around, have lunch and buy pasalubong. We agreed to just have our lunch first at the Vigan Hotel. When we were about to go out of the hotel, we saw Jomari at the lobby so we had our pictures taken wahaha.
After lunch, we bought some pasalubong. I only bought chichacorn for the office and tsokolate de vigan for me hehehe. Unfortunately, empanada is only available by mid-afternoon so no empanada for us. I thought of buying bagnet for home but it might already be spoiled by the time I go home to Baguio. Besides, I think some are already selling it in town.

The heritage village is just a small area. We actually just walked one street and had photo ops session to our heart’s content on all nice spots.
At around 1:45 PM, we started our trip back to Manila.

Breakfast – 100
Lunch – 230

As of this writing, it’s already 3:13 PM and we are already at Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.

Pasyar Ilocos Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we immediately proceeded to our itinerary for the day.

Our pitstops:

Patapat Viaduct

This is a concrete highway built along the coastal area of Pasaleng Bay. As per other sites, this was constructed to answer the landslide problems in the area. Now, it’s one of the tourist attractions in Ilocos Norte.


We made a quick stop to buy the necessary supplies for our lunch. For our group, we just bought liempo, pork chop, and tilapia which we later asked the locals at the beach to grill for us.
Blue Lagoon
This is not the famous Pagudpod beach but it’s one of the many resorts in Pagudpod. The waves were strong so we opted not to swim. Instead we had photo ops and played a little with the waves reaching the shore. There were a lot of people today maybe because it’s Holy week and most people are off from work.
Bangui Windmills
Breathtaking site! Amazing technology. And oh, one of our travel companions works for the company who built the windmills hehe. We had more fun here playing with the waves. We met another couple who gladly took group pictures of us while jumping in the waves. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

We arrived here just before sunset. Unfortunately, the way to the tower was already closed. Perhaps it’s for security reasons. You only have to climb a few steps before reaching the tower so it’s not very tiring. Once on top, you’ll have a spectacular view of mountains and seas, with the wind blowing gently. Perfect way to end the day.
The lighthouse was our last stop for the day. We went back to the hotel after for dinner and socials. For the second time, the singing group serenaded us again. 🙂
Expenses (Php):

Breakfast – 90
Lunch – 200
Dinner – 360

Pasyar Ilocos Day 1

At around 6 AM, we were already at Bantay Bell Tower in Vigan. After stretching and a few minutes of picture taking, we were called to proceed to Cafe Uno where we had a sumptuous breakfast.

After breakfast, we went back to the bell tower but there were already a lot of people so the driver suggested that we just visit it the third day.
Our pitstops:

Marcos Museum
Cameras are not allowed inside. This is where a replica of Marcos (made of wax) was laid for viewing. It’s still a little eerie to me even though I know it’s not his actual body. Another building contains the photo gallery where we saw the different faces of Macros and his family through the years. Imelda is a real beauty. No wonder Marcos was smitten by her.
Herencia Cafe
This is where we had lunch. We tried their famous Pinakbet pizza, together with tuna pizza. I loved it. Nice innovation to make a famous Ilocano dish to a pizza. Also, their mango shake is made of ripe sweet mango. Two thumbs up for that. It takes a while for the pizza to be cooked though, especially so that we were there during lunchtime where there are a lot of people. It’s still worth the wait.
Paoay Church
This must be one of the old structures that still have its own beauty and charm.
La Paz Sand Dunes
A patch of desert in the Philippines. According to our driver this is also a famous location for shooting of movies and TV series.
Malacanang of the North (Malacaniang ti Amianan)
As per history, this is strategically located because beside it is the sea where it can be an escape route when Marcos was ousted. The building is maintained, and it’s a good place for photo ops hehehe.
Java Hotel
Malacanang of the North is our last stop before proceeding to our hotel. It’s located a few minutes away from town so there’s green scenery all around. Service is ok as well. Their extra bed is literally a bed, not just foam placed on the floor. We had dinner at the hotel’s bar and restaurant as their food are reasonably priced. While eating, we were serenaded by a singing group. Nice.
They also offer room service massage which we availed.

Expenses (Php):

Breakfast – 100

Hat – 100
Lunch – 200
Dinner – 280
Massage – 600

Pasyar Ilocos Day 0

We availed of the tour package from Discover Asia International Travel and Tours. Since there are 5 of us, we paid Php 4,088.00 per pax inclusive of van fare, entrance but exclusive of meals all throughout the tour.

Meeting place last night was at SM Makati. We were supposed to leave at 12MN but since everyone was already there by 11:30 PM, we were able to leave 30 minutes earlier. Since that’s a package, we are expected to travel with other groups. We were all 14, including the driver.
We had a quick stopover at NLEX for last minute shopping. I think there were several stopovers but I was asleep most of the time so I lost count hehe.
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