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    Paoay Church

    by jayjayc Written Jan 25, 2015

    -Formally San Agustin Church (Iglesia de San Agustín de Paoay)
    -Paoay Church: declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973
    -Paoay Church: designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993

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    Paoay Church

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Updated Nov 2, 2014

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    Formally called St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

    It's known for its distinct architecture highlighted by the huge buttresses at the side and the back. These buttresses help protect the church from earthquake. This design was developed after earthquakes destroyed many churches.

    The church was destroyed before by an earthquake but restored again with the initiative of the the former first lady Imelda Marcos.

    The church is best viewed during daylight, looking so old yet proud. Same as the other churches in Ilocos, its bell tower is physically separated from the church. It's said that this was used during the world war as watch tower.

    I will come back here again, to explore more.

    Paoay Church Bell Tower Paoay Church's Nave Facade of Paoay Church
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    Bangui Wind Farm

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Updated Nov 2, 2014

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    Commonly knows as Bangui Windmills is also along the way going to Pagudpud. This is the first wind generating farm in the Southeast Asia. This was built due to insufficient power provided by National Power Corporation. It's very ideal for the Philippines to install wind turbines because it's near the monsoon belt.

    What amazes me when I saw first saw these, was how giant these windmills are and how they stand out from the blue/green ocean and blue skies. Specifically located facing the sea where the air blows towards the land. This is a perfect location because it's uninhabited. There are no tress or vegetation around the area so no one is being affected.

    We did not stay here long so I wasn't able to actually check the shore and have pictures of the windmills from the shore. I will come here someday and take a picture of the wind turbines on a single row.

    Bangui Wind Farm Bangui Wind Farm View going to Bangui Wind Farm Bangui Wind Farm
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    Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

    by miguel_arcangel Written Jul 27, 2014

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    I headed to Laoag and took a Bus going to Pagudpud. I dropped off at the Bojeador Lighthouse intersection. From there I walked about 15 minutes uphill to reach the carpark of Burgos Lighthouse.

    This is the 3rd time I'll be meeting with the Burgos lighthouse and I am always enthralled by their magnificence and their good old tales.

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    St. William's Cathedral

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 20, 2014

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    St. William's Cathedral (also called St. Augustine Catholic Parish Church), is one of the biggest and oldest church in the country. The wooden chapel was damaged by hurricane, earthquake and by fire, thus replaced by the present church of Italian Renaissance. And like Paoay church, it is also inscribed in UNESCO'S oldest churches.

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    Visit Sinking BellTower!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 20, 2014

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    Sinking BellTower located near the St. William's Cathedral, sits the reputed to be the most solid, massive and tallest tower in the Philippines. You won't miss this tower when you get to Laoag, as even though it sunk, you can still see the tower from afar. We weren't able to go near or go inside, if it's allowed, because our priority at that time is to attend a mass. So I just satisfied myself with taking pictures from the car.

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    Marcos Museum & Mausoleum

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Marcos Museum & Mausoleum integrates both memorabilia storage and the current resting place of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. It is situated in the heart of Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The museum shows memorabilia of the late president, from his stint in the armed forces down to his presidency. And of course, a memorabilia of his wife, Emelda Marcos.

    The large and solemn mausoleum contains the glass-encased coffin in which Marcos' embalmed body has been on public display since shortly after his remains were brought home in 1993.

    Years after Marcos' death, his remains are still on public display at the mausoleum. The mausoleum is built of adobe blocks and is stepped towards the top of the structure. The solemn interior is divided into an entry hall styled with old English standards and a bust. The family's mortician confirmed that the corpse is real, although people suspect it is a wax replica, and the real body was secretly buried.

    Taking pictures inside the Mausoleum is not allowed since the flash has an affect on the wax. You only have a very short time viewing his preserved body because a lot of people wants to see it.

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    Paoay Lake

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 7, 2014

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    Paoay Lake is locally called dakkel danum. What makes Paoay Lake Legendary? It is because of the interesting and enchanting history narrated by forefathers and passed upon to the present , including the other stories or observations that happened in the lake narrated by te residents nearby.

    According to such legendary account, Paoay Lake was formed as a punishment to the early settlers thereat who used to be immensely religious but turned wicked and preoccupied by material things later. Their wicked acts earned the ire of their gods, thus submerged the place , turning it into a body of water, while the people were made into fishes with their fancy adornments, such as jewelries, still attached with them. These stories say that, seated in Paoay Lake’s location was a group of three villages called Gumura, Siduma and Sintapuli. The first two villages were much like those communities, Sodom and Gumorrah, which according to the Holy Bible, were submerged in water as a form of punishment by God to the People who turned wicked.

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    La Paz Sand Dunes (Paoay Sand Dunes)

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 6, 2014

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    La Paz Sand Dunes (also known as Paoay Sand Dunes) is a national geological monument that expands from the boundary of Currimao and Paoay to La Paz in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It surrounds the Culili Point located in Barangay Masintoc, a point that almost like an Indian man overlooking the China Sea. International films such as “Born on the 4th of July”, "Mad Max", “Stryker”, and local films such as “Ang Panday Series”, “Himala”, Temptation Island”, “Thelma” and the musical film – “Emir” were shot at the sand dunes.

    The scenery going to this place is not that pretty but when you get to see the sand dunes, you’ll be amazed on how these small dunes were formed. I was amazed on how blue the sky is and how it reflects to the sea, giving it a mixed color of blue-green and dark blue. It was a mistake going there after visiting other places in Paoay. We arrived at about 12:30pm so the sun is really hot, making the sand an almost like burning coal to my feet and the wind so humid.

    Activities such as 4x4 off-road challenge and sand boarding are the main tourism attractions. You can build a sand castle if you have spare time. We were not able to try these activities because it’s too hot to do so. It’s best to go there when the sun is not that hot so you can enjoy taking pictures, exploring and trying all activities this place can offer.

    I’m not sure if there are boards that you can rent for sand boarding, but just to be sure you can enjoy sand boarding, bring your own board. 4x4 off-road challenge, from what I heard lasts for 30 minutes and P2, 500.00 per vehicle. Based on the scream I heard from the people who tried this challenge, I’m sure it’s enjoyable and exhilarating.

    Paoay Sand Dunes
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    Kapurpurawan Rock Formations!

    by lakwatserang-ligaw Written Apr 5, 2014

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    Kapurpurawan Rock Formations are rock formations created by forces of the ocean on the rocky coast of Burgos, located just a few minutes further from the lighthouse.

    apurpurawan got its name from the Ilocano word “puraw,” which means white. It's really amazing how these rock formations were formed. You can rent a van or hail a tricycle to get to the main base. Though, getting to the rock formations is a little bit tricky specially if you arrive in the afternoon. It's a 10-minute walk from the main base so make sure to go there early morning to avoid the heat of the sun. If you want to go there in afternoon, make sure to bring an umbrella or a hat and of course a bottle of water.

    You will not be bored walking because the scenery is all worth it. Also, you will never be alone since a lot of people come here. When you go there, make sure to look around because the best view is at the back of these formations.

    They used to allow people to go near the formations and even to climb, but they since doing that alter the natural formations of the rocks, they restricted it. No one is allowed now to climb or even near the rock formations, which for me, is a good thing.

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    Day Tour at Plaza Del Norte

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

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    Last April my family and I decided to look for a resort to relax and swim. We started scouting resorts from Ilocos Sur and finally got the best place at Laoag which is Plaza Del Norte. You may go on a day tour and swim in their pool for P300.00 meals included.

    Plza Del Norte
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    Go up and down the Sand dunes

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

    I was surprised when I heard that Laoag actually has sand dunes, (and here I thought Pampanga only has them haha!) It wasn't anything like the ones in the real desset but this is good enough. You will see rolling sand hills as far as your eyes can see. It's quite picturesque!

    The best way to enjoy this is to hop on a 4X4 jeep and go up and down the terrain. It feels like a rollercoaster ride without the harness. There are also sand boarding available in the area.

    Laoag Sand dunes One of the hills to go down to We go up and we go down
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    Go to Church at Paoay

    by IamPam Written Jul 10, 2013

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    Paoay Church is the most iconic landmark of Ilocos Norte. Built in 1710, this baroque church was listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. What makes this chuch magnificent was the buttresses in its side and back.

    I personally thought that the chruch's frontal structure was filled with carvings only to realize upon closer inspection that what I thought was carvings from a far were actually cracks...

    Church facade Altar St. Augustine
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    Visit Apong Marcos

    by IamPam Updated Jul 9, 2013

    The Marcoses is Ilocos Norte's most famous political clan. Ferdinand Marcos, being the late president turned dictator is still very well loved here. Because of this love, the family opened their ancestral house to the public and turned it into a museum. It houses the memorabilias of Ferdinand Marcos from his student years in UP, up to his presidency. It also has some of Imelda's dresses (sorry no shoes) and the late president's barongs. There also has a wall which tells the love story of the two which is quite romantic.

    But the real attraction here is not really the museum but "Apong" himself. When Ferdinand Marcos died of Lupus in Hawaii, his body was brought back here in the Philippines but was denied of a burial in "Libingan ng mga Bayani" (Heroes cemetery) because of his alleged crimes as a dictator. Until now, the preserved body of the late President was stored in a glass case in a refrigerated mausoleum beside the main house. Unfortunately, no cameras allowed.

    Singage Ferdinand Marcos' plate numbers Ferdinand Marcos bust Imelda Marcos' dresses The Marcos wedding photo
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    Get winstruck at the Bangui wind mills

    by IamPam Updated Feb 26, 2013

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    Before heading out to Pagudpod's beach, I suggest that you stop by to see the windmills at Bangui, Ilocos Norte. It is the largest windmills in South East Asia and powers 40% of Ilocos Norte. Marvel at the sight of the powerful blades of the windmills and of course get a picture with it just like I did hehehe. Coming from the south you could actually see the windmills by the road but it is a must that you get a closer look, just be careful when you're driving there becase the roads are unpaved and a bit small. The windmills are erected by the beach so if you're coming by car, I suggest that you park where the soil is more harder than the sand to avoid getting stuck.

    I heart Bangui! Group Picture
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