We had a picnic at Sabangan beach and rented a stall to put our stuffs (beach bags, food, flip-flops, etc. The stalls are pretty comfortable and they have bamboo chairs on them where you can lie down and relax.I heard that there are manicurists around the area so I ask some residents to call me one and she (he is gay) came with her manicure bag and...more
Santiago is basically an agricultural land. Most of the people of Santiago are farmers. The residents plant rice during the rainy season (June-November) and plant tobacco during the dry season (December-May).Most of the farmers raise the rice plants only for their household consumption. It is very rare that farmers have over production of rice....more
Pancit is one of the most popular Filipino food. It is basically rice noodles cooked and sauteed in different kinds of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, bell pepper, celery, onions and garlic with shredded chicken meat and pork) and seasoned with salt, soy sauce, pepper and fish sauce. It is garnished with green onions and calamansi.more
Lechon is a roasted pork (a whole pig) over low fire. It is a very popular dish in the Philippines.A whole pig, about 40-80 lb,s is usually roasted and pinned on a rod or a bamboo and roasted over low fire until the skin becomes brown and crunchy. The cavity of the pig is stuffed with some herbs and spices. It is served on weddings, birthdays, and...more
Karrot is a staple in some of the small villages (actually called "barangays", the smallest political unit) in Santiago especially those located close to the mountains. When I was growing up, a group of villagers climb the mountain to go and gather this tuber. They then clean it up in the stream and bring tuber back home in their baskets wrapped in...more
Santiago has one of the finest beaches in Ilocos region. The sand is white and soft while the water is warm. There are many beaches found in Santiago but the best is found in Sabangan, about three miles away from the town proper of Santiago. The lagoon is mint green with the backdrop of the mountain on the side surrounded by coconut trees. Sabangan...more
Sometimes, early in the morning, you see a group of residents assisting in the pulling of the fish net that were drawn by the fishermen the night before. The pulling of the fishnet is hard but it takes a village to pull! It takes a long time to catch fish the old ways!This is seasonal but some fishermen in Sabangan beach catches "bangus"...more
It is fun to drive a tricycle around the beaches. Tricycle is a mode of transportation in most of the towns and cities in the Philippines. A carriage is attached to the motorcyle and it can accommodate at least three passengers inside the carriage and another passenger at the backseat of the tricycle driver. The carriage has a roof on it and the...more
The sand of Sabangan beach is really very soft. When I was young, my cousins and I would come to Sabangan and bury ourselves in the sand. We lay down on the sand at night and watch the bright stars at night. We also make sand castles or get a stick and write our names on the wet sand!more
The raft is made by the local fishermen in Sabangan. This is made of chosen dried tall bamboos and scraped of the skin to make it lighter and connected together by ropes. You can rent this bamboo raft from local fishermen for a little amount of money. The rent of the bamboo raft is negotiable. You can maneuver the raft by tall bamboos and/or...more
Try drinking coconut juice and eat the fresh coconut meat. The juice is very sweet and refreshing, the meat is delicious! The stores close to the boardwalk of Sabangan Beach usually sells fresh coconuts! They even cut the coconut in front of you. Just choose which one you like and they cut the end of the coconut and insert some straws and voila,...more
There is a board walk now in Sabangan. Close to the boar walk are little tiny stores, called sari-sari stores. They sell refreshments like soda, cookies, candies and some basic necessities like cooking oil, sugar, coffee and spices. They also sel. beer and alcohol. At night, the store owners operate a karaoke. Some visitors go to the stores at...more
The sunset is in Sabangan beach is beautiful. The sun is so round. The horizon lights up in orange. Sometimes, I chase the sunset. I start at Sabangan beach, take a picture and drive all the way to the top of Ambucao mountain! It's such a beautiful and magnificent view!more
There are several tiny stores in the area called "Sari-sari stores". In the summer time, they serve local food like halo-halo (a glass of shaved ice mixed with evaporated milk, sugar, fresh coconut meat, gelatin, beans, and sago or pearl beans). The stores offer different kinds of snacks and cold drinks. But, not usually hot foods. You can go back to the town proper to eat at a "carinderia" (local restaurant that serves boiled rice and local menus).
You can ask some of the local kids if they can get fresh coconut for a certain amount of money. Ask how much first!
Favorite Dish: Fresh coconut juice
You can catch a tricycle anytime during daytime. Make sure to ask the price first and your destination. The tricycle driver can bring you to other beaches in Santiago for a small amount of money. Most of the drivers own their own tricycles so you can bargain for the price!more
There are three famous Filipino food: pancit, lumpia and adobo. Other than these, a lot of foreigners don't like to eat any of our food because it's not very delightful to see compared to our sisters in Southeast Asian cuisine.Pancit is made of rice noodles sauteed in pork or chicken. It is sauteed in garlic, shallots, onions, green and red bell...more
In my Santiago webpage tips, I have to introduce you with our local customs and as you noticed, I have been introducing you with my local Ilocano food! When I go home to Santiago, I ask people to cook for me since most of the stuff that I love to eat, I can't cook. (I love to cook but the local ingredients especially the local vegetables and...more
Before boarding a tricycle, make sure to ask the price first. Otherwise, the driver will overcharge you!A tricycle is a well-known transportation in most part of the Philippines except Baguio City. It has a covered cariage attached to the motorcycle and can actually accommodate four passengers plus the driver. There is a small carriage at the back...more
Luggage and bags:
A plastic bag to put your wet clothes. A light backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flops (locally known as "tsenelas") . Swimming suits which are usually a shirt and a pair of shorts. Beach towel. A tarp to sit down.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Soap and shampoos
Photo Equipment: A camera that is small enough to pack in your backpack.
Every other day I would have a massage. For only $6.00, I can relax for an hour while someone is massaging my foot, legs, back, neck, face and even give me a scalp massage! (I usually fall asleep- the best compliment you can give to a masseur)When you are in Santiago, just call Jimmie from Sabangan! I call him everytime I go back to Santiago. You...more
When I was growing up, my father used to drive early to Sabangan Cove to wait for the fishermen coming home from the their night's fishing. He used to buy some of the big catch of the fishermen. He loved the black long nose fish.In early mornings, there would be many fishing boats docking on the beach with their many fish they caught that night:...more
I love the quietness of Santiago, Ilocos Sur. The residents are very polite and courteous. I grew up in this town and I know what I am talking about! My relatives live close to the beach and they are very forthcoming when visitors are not given the welcome they deserved! We always wanted our visitors feel comfortable of our town so they will come back again!
Santiago Cove is the best in Ilocos Sur. It is very safe to go swimming because the beach don't have gradual depths! The sand is soft and the sand is white. The cove is surrounded by coconut trees and on the left side of the cove is a mountain! During the rainy season, there is a tiny waterfall from the mountains that falls off the side of the beach!
Santiago, Ilocos Sur is a place where you can hide for a week!