Rich in history - the Sinking Bell Tower
too short a time to notice ....
Don't miss this if you are on your way up North...
When in Laoag spare time to visit the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol o an evening. It's a hodge-podge of tacky and interesting. :) On one hand the capitol itself is a good solid building, there are refreshing fountains in front and a "japanese garden" (aka Museo vivo de Iloko) filled with bonsai on the left side of the capitol. On the other hand...more
Before taking our flight to Manila, I took the time to see some of the sites of Laoag City. There is so much to see in Ilocos, so have a good itinerary if you want to make most of your time here even in a single visit.Roaming around the city, I spotted this structure that has an old design. Unlike the other modern office buildings, this one is...more
The Museo Ilocos Norte - Laoag's Museum is located along Gen Antonio Luna St. It is an old corner lot building next to a grand hotel (can't remember the name of the hotel). You can either walk there or hop on a kalesa or tricycle (about 7.5pesos ride). It is a two storey building, displaying lots of antiques and artifacts. It is also structured in...more
St. William's Cathedral a.k.a Church of Laoag is located across the street from the Sinking Bell Tower. It is majestic in structures with huge colums of pillars supporting the building. The Church is painted in a soothing cream. There is a school next to the Cathedral, as such you will see lots of children there and lots of tricycles ferrying...more
This is one of the Must See when you are in Laoag - anyway you will not missed it as it is located right in the heart of the town of Laoag, along one of the busy main streets. The write-up of the Sinking Bell Tower :-The centuries old bell tower of 45metres in height was built by the Augustine Friars in 1612 and is one of the tallest and most...more
Farinas Caltex Station, Bacarra Road,Brgy. 55-B Salet,, Laoag, 2900, Philippines
Good for: Couples
This may have been my worst overall resort/hotel experience ever. The problem is the cost of this...more
I made a reservation over the phone since on the website it doesn't show that there was a single...more
Johnny Moon Cafe is a very nice place to meet up with friends. Johnny Moon Cafe is named after our hero Juan Luna (hence Johnny Moon). It is located at the side of the Museo Iloko, a conglomeration of shops and restaurants collectively known as Tabacalera. I tried the Heneral Blanco, a mixture of Johnny Moon home brewed coffee, nutmeg, basi...more
Who would've thought that they have a branch in Laoag? This restaurant is located in the La Tabacalera LIfestyle Center. Food is good but they have small servings. Don't believe them when they say it's good for 2 people. Unless, of course you eat like a bird. All of the items in their menu were delicious.more
If you want local color, then a visit to the Dapayan is a must! It is a smoky, hot and noisy place where locals and visitors meet to listen to live music and have local delicacies like empanadas, balut, beers and pulutan.I tasted the fried empanada filled with grated papaya and whole egg dipped in spicy vinegar. Yummy!!! Anything goes. :)more
Eagle's Nest is the bar located next to the Java Hotel. It is made of native materials and provides a view of the grounds and greens of the adjacent hotel. A relaxing venue to wind down after a busy day exploring Laoag City and its environs. :) Service is fast. The bar is clean and well-maintained. Their prices isn't so bad either (the price of...more
Tribeca is Laoag's version of Starbuck's. Their coffee and cakes are less expensive than the latter's. The crew are very accommodating and well-mannered. Tribeca is a place where young people, yuppies and even the more mature crowd congregate to have good coffee and just relax with friends. It is a popular stop for both locals and visitors...more
If you're planning for a trip to Ilocos (Loaog, Pagudpod, Vigan) then mang Joseph is the right person to contact.My other half and I went to Ilocos last August. As a part of our plan, I had to go through a lot of internet surfing until I came across to a this website where a very positive post about mang Joseph were posted. So I thought I'd give it...more
we're a group of photographer hobbyists who had less than 3 days in ilocos. day 1 was already devoted to ilocos sur. day 2, we wanted to capture the iconic places ilocos norte offers. but we were warned that vigan to pagudpud, would be around 5 hours... we were having second thoughts mainly because we had a flight to catch on the second day.our...more
What to buy: When travelling Ilocos-bound destinations, it is a must that you buy Chichacorn (in different flavors), Longganisang Iloko and Sukang Iloko - Ilocano vinegar (only if travelling by bus).
Favorite thing: Gilbert Bridge is built across Laoag river and connects Laoag to Batac (14km), Paoay (16km), Vigan (80km) and Manila (485km).