Laoag - Something interesting here too..
"Fair bit to do here.."
Laoag (pronounced as "la-wak"), the capital city, is in the province of Ilocos Norte. Laoag means "light" in the Ilocano dialect. It is rich in heritage and blessed with a fair bit of cultures - old churches of Catholic influences which has some impact on the Filipino way of life. Laoag was established in 1580 with Sir William as its Patron Saint.
Laoag was previously renowed for its gold mines - as such, many Chinese and Japanese traders ply this "golden area" for fortunes. Today, Laoag is a busy city with its share of heavy traffics of tricycles, kalesas, jeepneys, bikes and motor vehicles.
Most tourists are from Taiwan due to its proximity. We made our way to Laoag on a last minute plan as we were traveling up North from Clark, Pampanga to Vigan. As Laoag is only about 2hours away from Vigan and so happened we were on a bus bound for Laoag, we decided that we should pay a visit to Laoag (Batac, Paoay too) at least spend a good half day here... It was a good decision made...
Notes : Laoag is 380km from Angeles City
Must DOs in Laoag
1) St.William's Cathedral
2) Sinking Bell Tower
3) Museo Ilocos Norte
4) Taste Laoag's local specialities : "bagnet", "pinakbet" and "pancit molo"
Vicinity of Laoag
BATAC - Must DOs - Pls see INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL PAGE on BATAC
1) Maros Museum and Mausoleum
2) Marcos Monument
3) Iglesia Filipinia Indepence Church
4) Batac Church
PAOAY - Must DOs - Pls refer INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL PAGE on PAOAY
1) Paoay Church - which is included on UNESCO's World Heritage list
2) Suba Beach
3) Paoay Lake
4) Malacanang of the North
5) Gilbert Bridge
"one of the must See...."
The sinking Bell Tower located right in the centre of the town of Laoag..
"another must See ...."
St.William's Cathedral (also called Church of Laoag) is located across the street from the Sinking Bell Tower.