Province of Ilocos Sur Travel Guide

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Vigan

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Santiago

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Candon

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Narvacan

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Vigan

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Cervantes

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Bantay

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Sinait

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Magsingal

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Santa Maria

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Vigan

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  • Iloco Deli

    Vigan Restaurants

    I've always wanted to try Ilocano delicacies and this was my chance. Cafe' Leona offers mouth-watering Ilocano dish such as pinakbet, bagnet, daing na bangus, longganisa, etc. I was very amazed with the ambiance because it really looks so different, like being in another place. I liked it! Cafe' Leona special was my favorite because it's a...

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  • Vigan Plaza Hotel

    Vigan Hotels

    This hotel is pretty close to everything- Plaza Burgos, Vigan Cathedral, fast food centers, and...

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  • History and all

    Vigan Things to Do

    Things to Do:1. Visit the Bell Tower. Appreciate how historical it is2. Take a glimpse of the Red and White Cathedrals. They're too far from each other but each cathedral has unique distinction. The Red church is next to the Bell Tower and the White church is in the town of Vigan.3. Walk on Calle Crisologo. Your Vigan visit will never be complete...

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  • Manila to Vigan; Vigan to Pagudpod

    Vigan Transportation

    To and From Manila-Vigan ( Bus terminals are located near UST).Get your tickets 1 week before, with Maria De Leon Bus Terminal [(02) 731-4907] they require a Php200/head deposit. For Fariñas Bus Terminal [Telephone Numbers: + 63 2 731 4507, + 63 2 731 4375, + 63 2 743 8580] you may reserve seats over the phone, but in our case we have to deposit...

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Santiago

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  • Lobsters for $1.00 a piece

    Santiago Local Customs

    There are some women who carries around a basket on their heads and sell their catch of the day. Sometimes they sell lobsters, shrimps, fish, stingray, etc.The lobsters here are for sale for $1.00 a piece.

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  • Body Massage in Santiago

    Santiago Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Eat the famous"Filipino pancit"

    Santiago Local Customs

    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...

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Candon

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  • Eating pancit canton and halo-halo

    Candon Restaurants

    Chow-King is a fast food restaurant seen all over the Philippines. The restaurant is located at the Candon Supermarket - where the PNB used to be twenty years ago. The hard thing about the restaurant is there are only three spots for parking in front of the restaurant so you have to look around for parking your car! Or better still, it is better to...

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  • Jollibees Restaurant

    Candon Restaurants

    Jollibee is a fast food restaurant that caters to the Filipino taste. It's like McDonald. The only difference is that in their menu, rice is included. They have great fried chicken, spaghetti, french fries, etc.Jollibee opened in Candon City on October 18, 2002. It is one of the fast food restaurant established in the city. Fried chicken with...

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  • McDonald's Restaurant

    Candon Restaurants

    This chain of American restaurant reached all the way to the Philippines! It was opened in Candon City on November 2001!However, the local McDonald have customized the local's taste buds to change their menus.They have sweet spaghetti, hamburger, french fries, etc. But, if you are American and used to the original McDonald in the U.S., you will...

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Narvacan

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  • Banaoang Bridge Zip Line

    Narvacan Things to Do

    An exhilirating experience crossing the Abra River, in between the old Banaong Bridge (also called the Quirino Bridge) and the new Banaoang Bridge that links Santa, Ilocos Sur to Bantay, Ilocos Sur. A must-try for all those who are planning to visit Vigan, you should definitely add this into your itinerary!

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  • Zipline & Via Ferrata walkway

    Narvacan Things to Do

    The fully operational Zip-line, measuring well over 500 meters, is the longest of its kind in Northern Luzon. It stretches from the top of the majestic Bantay Abot all the way down to the Bay Boulevard along the coastline of Narvacan. It provides a breathtaking view of the great plains beneath the mountain range as well as the South China Sea. The...

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Vigan

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  • Iloco Deli

    Vigan Restaurants

    I've always wanted to try Ilocano delicacies and this was my chance. Cafe' Leona offers mouth-watering Ilocano dish such as pinakbet, bagnet, daing na bangus, longganisa, etc. I was very amazed with the ambiance because it really looks so different, like being in another place. I liked it! Cafe' Leona special was my favorite because it's a...

    more
  • Vigan Plaza Hotel

    Vigan Hotels

    This hotel is pretty close to everything- Plaza Burgos, Vigan Cathedral, fast food centers, and...

    more
  • History and all

    Vigan Things to Do

    Things to Do:1. Visit the Bell Tower. Appreciate how historical it is2. Take a glimpse of the Red and White Cathedrals. They're too far from each other but each cathedral has unique distinction. The Red church is next to the Bell Tower and the White church is in the town of Vigan.3. Walk on Calle Crisologo. Your Vigan visit will never be complete...

    more
  • Manila to Vigan; Vigan to Pagudpod

    Vigan Transportation

    To and From Manila-Vigan ( Bus terminals are located near UST).Get your tickets 1 week before, with Maria De Leon Bus Terminal [(02) 731-4907] they require a Php200/head deposit. For Fariñas Bus Terminal [Telephone Numbers: + 63 2 731 4507, + 63 2 731 4375, + 63 2 743 8580] you may reserve seats over the phone, but in our case we have to deposit...

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Cervantes

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  • THE LONGEST BRIDGE IN THE WORLD-ALULING...

    Cervantes Things to Do

    The longest bridge in the world is just on the outskirts of Cervantes. Construction over the river was started over 40 years ago (1967) and it still has not been completed. It is called Aluling Bridge or even Corrupt Bridge and was supposed to link Cervantes with Bontoc, but at the moment only one still has to walk across the suspension footway,...

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  • VISIT QUIRINO

    Cervantes Things to Do

    Try and find a local who will rent you his motorbike and head north on a track that passes through rivers, along mountain sides and the last few kms up the riverbed itself. Trip is 24 kms and well worth seeing the beautiful scenery. Quirino itself clings to the mountainside with the river below. Well worth the effort.

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  • BESSANG PASS

    Cervantes Things to Do

    Bessang Pass is west of Cervantes on the road to Tagudin and a gateway to the Cordillera. This was held by the Japanese until they were forced out towards the end of the 2nd world war. The Japs were led by General Yamashita, it was his last stand before being defeated by Philippine Forces. At the pass it will be cool and you will have a wonderful...

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Bantay

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  • Go Up The Bell Tower of Bantay Church

    Bantay Things to Do

    The Bantay Church belfry is located a few meters away, as in other Ilocos churches. This was how they planned it before; the belfry was constructed as a separate structure so if any calamity occurs, there is no danger for it to damage the church. The site is said to be the scene of fighting during the 1763 uprising led by Diego Silang so the belfry...

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  • Examine Church's architectural details

    Bantay Things to Do

    Bantay Church is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Ilocos Region. It has well-preserved Neogothic and Romanesque architectural details in the facade, making it a favorite of historians, students, artists, photographers and movie producers.

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  • Must Stop: Marsha's Delicacies

    Bantay Off The Beaten Path

    Do not forget to stopby here and buy the definitely must-have pasalubong: Royal Bibingka. They offer other delicacies but I like their Royal Bibingka which is made of glutinous rice similar to chinese tikoy. One box costs P105 which consists of 15pieces.You would not miss their red sign along the highway, this is the next barangay from Vigan.

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Magsingal

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    by missmarianne Written Mar 25, 2008

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    there's this so called batis that was like 5ft. (shalloweST..) - 10 ft. deep in the neighborhood of my aunt's place. Everybody goes there to chill out if they couldn't bear the 2-3hr trip to the famouszzz paGUdpUd. the trees around and the clear water that continuously flow through the dam(ain't sure though..) were totally enticing and worth staying for hours... and hours.. and hoUrs..and you wouldn't get your skin bUrned by buddy mr. sUn coz the whole place's shaded. you could go fishing there, too.

    stream flowIN'.. dreams travelin'
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Santa Maria

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    by kemisteryoso Updated Oct 16, 2011

    The church is located on top of a hill and surrounded by stonewall fortresses that serve as protection during the old days. Of all the old churches I've seen, it has the most beautiful location. You have a 360 degrees view of the simple town of Sta. Maria as you wander on its vast courtyard around the church. The church is accessible through a flight of steps made of granite blocks. One must climb the 85 steps to reach the church and the same one can be found on the other side.

    It is made of bricks. The facade is very simple with 2 massive side pillars. An old convent is facing the facade. The emblem of the order of St. Augustine wasn't engraved on the facade of the church unlike other Augustinian built churches that I've seen but it can be found on the convent's entrance. Like other baroque churches, it is also supported by heavy buttresses to withstand earthquakes. There’s an image of Christ on top of a tree on the side of the church facing the town.

    It’s bell fry was built in 1810 with a decreasing octagonal shape and it is slightly tilted and not in line with the facade. It was erected at about the midpoint of the longitudinal axis of the nave very different from all other churches with separated bell towers mostly are in line with the façade or slightly forward It’s very impressive.. Very different.

    The church was closed that time but we manage to sneaked in and pray because we asked permission to the parish office. The interior of the church is very simple and not old looking though, seems it’s already underwent series of renovations and restoration. It has a simple golden and yellow retable with the image of the Immaculate Concepcion in the middle. The frescoed ceiling of the Holy Trinity and crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth added glamour.

    Whenever going to Ilocandia region don't miss this church

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