There’s nothing even better to compare than having a junket with good friends to a place where it’s replete with history and rich in nature for there’s someone whom we can share of the memorable experiences when the situation is needed. This trip was utterly a convenient journey to all of us for these three couples Bonipart and Mary Grace Coleto- Salinas, Peter and Geraldine Javier-Ortigas and Ferdie and Liezel Murillo-Coleto have their own respective cars. Thus, it was indeed a smooth ride and the time was freely ours.

  Ilocos was our preplanned destination for it was already agreed by the majority as an itinerary for vacation last year, when Liezel hosted a dinner for her husband’s birthday at their house in Marikina.

Last Wednesday at six o’clock in the morning, we left for Manila en route to our first dreamed destination- the Vigan City. It was already dusk when we arrived. The place was swamped with many tourists and the hotels were almost fully booked. Thankfully, we were able to stay for an overnight at El Juliana Hotel.

After our dinner by the pool, we went out to take photos at Calle Crisologo, which was located a few blocks away from our hotel. The city at midnight was quiet and the warm lightings at the façade of the houses along the alleys gave a dramatic ambience for the shoot.

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The next day, we roved around the city to visit churches, museums, other historical and picturesque places. We also visited a pottery house, the popular Baluarte and the Hidden Garden. I noticed that the people residing at this region were industrious. Big old houses were sprawling ubiquitously.

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In the afternoon, we went straight to Pagudpud and stayed for two nights. Our first night was terrible for there was no available room where we can relax. We were forced to sleep in an open cottage by the shore and the children inside the car. Luckily, Bon and Peter were able to find an accommodation the following day. It was a fully furnished house with three air-conditioned rooms.

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On Saturday morning, we left for Pagudpud heading for Laoag. We took again for another overnight stay there and visited Paoay Church, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Malacañang Palace of the North, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Paoay Sand Dunes 4 Wheel Drive and Sand Boarding, Bangui Windmill and Fort Ilocandia. But before that, we took a side trip to take picture on Patapat Bridge.

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Our five-day tour was a good experience filled with fun and laughter for we were able to see different sceneries and I can say it was unique. We safely arrived Manila then on Monday at past one in the early morning.


~ by sherwinportillo on April 2, 2013.

4 Responses to “AN ILOCOS GETAWAY”

  1. you consider it a complete trip for five days.

  2. oh wow!! kibali isab iban ako kay gwapahi an mga hulagway..thanks for sharing

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