along the shores of fort ilocandia, whether public or private, you will get astonished watching the playful waves that slaps and throws the swimmer-swimmer..an in and on it. people likely to enjoy the unpredictable mood of bluegreen water.
love the HOtttyah dark sand and the breeze that comes into life every second.
Whether you're a beach bum or a golfer, Fort Ilocandia is the best base for touring the Ilocos provinces - Norte (North) and Sur (South). Laoag is in the North, and the international airport that services it has direct flights to and from Taipei and Hong Kong.
Have you ever been inside a lighthouse? The Cape Bojedor Lighthouse should be easy to climb up to, even for the not so fit. A tight but beautiful spiral staircase takes you up to this stunning view - of me. Hahaha.
Paoay Church (also known as the St. Augustine Church in Paoay) is a historical church located in Paoay, Ilocos Norte. During the Philippine Revolution in 1898, its coral stone bell tower was used by the Katipuneros as an observation post. Paoay Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. It currently is a property of the Diocese of Laoag, Ilocos Norte.
Construction of Paoay Church was started by the Augustinian friars in 1694. It was completed in 1894 led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo and was re-dedicated in 1894.
we hire a tryke going there which cost us 120 pesos...
we didnt stay long because the sun is striking hot...
The La Paz Sand Dunes or Bantay Bimmaboy consists of an area of approximately 85 square kilometers (52 square miles) of protected sandy coastal desert and beach close to Laoag City, the capital of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. The area is known locally by the name Bantay Bimmaboy, a name which refers to the common perception that the dunes resemble pigs in shape. The area is also popularly known as the Desert of the North and is a popular location for shooting films.
Situated 2 blocks from St. William's Cathedral, the tower was originally built on sand. Slowly, the tower starts to sink. Now, the door, that used to be wide enough to let a man on horseback pass, is buried halfway below ground level.
I think it's best to start your day by visiting the St. William's Cathedral (which is just at the end of the bridge entering Laoag City) and head to straight to see the Sinking Bell Tower. Find a nice spot to get a nice shot of this bell tower as it is on the streetside and cables would most probably block your view.
Then go right down at Rizal Ave and get a jeepney ride to Paoay (P25/head 30 min ride) and get off at the Paoay Church. Spend some time in this hispanic architecture and be mesmerized at how it has remained the same. Check out the front and back of the church too.
Tricycles are in line and would probably offer you a ride to Paoay Lake (P100 back an forth--fair enough for 20 min ride and waiting time). Paoay Lake is historic know about it when you get there.
We didn't get to see Batac and museums and everything else as we came on a weekend and Laoag was just a stop over. But hope this helps.
a working lighthouse that's more than a hundred years old, located at Burgos, Ilocos Norte, rumored haunted too .... see DEpt of Tourism's feature with Regine Velasquez singing DOT jingle where this lighthouse was featured :)
The Sinking Bell Tower is one of the attractions to visit in Laoag. It is situated around 2 blocks just behind the St. Williams Cathedral. For reasons unknown, the bell tower sinks a few centimeters every year.
The St. Agustine church, more popularly known as the Paoay church, was built in 1694 commissioned by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. It was finished on 1710 after 16 years on construction. Earthquakes damaged portions of the church in 1865 and 1885. In an excavation conducted inside the church in 2000, a prehistoric human skeleton and fragmented ceramics were discovered and are now on display at the National Museum.
The Paoay Church was declared a national treasure by then President Ferdinand Marcos. It is currently included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List, which means that it would be protected by the Unesco World Heritage Convention, an international law signed
by 112 countries.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. We had a chat with the church's caretaker and they told us that the funds does not reach the church that is why they are having difficulties restoring the church. And due to corruption, this natural treasure might just become extinct someday.
The church is closed most of time except at 6am in the mornings when they hold mass. Just go at the office on the left side of the church. The caretakers will ask for a small donation to the church and they will open and guide you inside the church.
A landmark in Sarrat town, the Sta. Monica Church with a nave of 137 meters in length is the longest in the country. Flanking the church is the convent, known as Casa del Palacio Real, which used to serve as the presidencia municipal (town hall) and the seat of the church's civil government. The two-storey brick convent boasts of a picturesque bridge (called curillo) standing on three arches connecting the church and the convent. Behind the brick walls of the convent lies several chambers which used to house the tribunal de justicia (hall of justice), carcel (jail), torture chamber, garrote (beheading room), bartolina and a portezuela (Spanish carriage room). It is quite eerie to visit this place considering it was once a torture chamber. There are also Filipino films shot here.
Not to be missed when you go to the Ilocos region is the Marcos Mausoleum. Ferdinand Marcos was the president of the Philippines for 20 years. Some call him the most brilliant president the Philippines has ever had but others regard him as a dictator.
Obviously, I'm not a big fan so I did not say a prayer when I viewed his waxed replica in a glass casket. Sorry, no picture is allowed.
This is the place to see great beaches that hasn't seen the destructive effects of commerce. Except for Saud beach, the known blue lagoon cove lies majestically quiet in its pure beauty of lush foliage and fine white sand. There's only 1 resort/hotel - Kapuluan Vista Resort (see Accommodation tip) which is a popular stay for surfers and the edge of the lagoon where surf is wild during some parts of the year.
The Malacanang of the North was bulit during the term of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Patterned after the ancestral homes in Vigan, the Ilocanos call it "Balay Ti Amianan."
This imposing structure has been turned into a museum that houses more of the late President's memorabilia.
This two-storey building sits on a five-hectare property. It has grand living rooms on both floors, and seven spacious bedrooms including the two master bedrooms.
Fort Ilocandia has both beach and swimming pools for you to enjoy.
The downside is that the sand is not white.. and the waves are rather strong.
During the time of our visit, the waves were high and swimming at the beach was prohibited so we opted to swim at the pool instead.
Farinas Caltex Station, Bacarra Road,Brgy. 55-B Salet,, Laoag, 2900, Philippines
Good for: Couples
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