I’ve got a few more stories from our Ilocos Norte visit. It is possible to see much of the province in a couple of days if you rent a vehicle and just go to the various towns. Everything is less than an hour away by land. Our home base was in Paoay, in a beautiful private house by the sea. One of my must-sees was the Bangui windmills. I hadn’t seen them before and I wanted the kids to see the massive infrastructure. So we made time for that.
Here’s what we did on our third day.
Our first stop, Museo Ilocos Norte in Paoay.
It was an old tabacalera warehouse during the Spanish period.
Right beside it is a retail and entertainment complex. We had merienda at Johnny Moon Cafe after the museum visit.
The museum is well-curated. It features the heritage of Ilocos Norte – abel weaves, tabaco farming, basketry, fishing and a small “ancestral house”.
Stella and an old cart used to transport farm produce.
The building isn’t air conditioned but it is very well-ventilated.
This is the small Filipino ancestral house inside the museum.
Stella said, “It looks just like our house.” Haha. Yes, we live in a bahay na bato-style home.
There is a small loom.
Out side the museum complex is this beautiful canopy with a jumping fountain.
After Museo Ilocos Norte we went to an abel weaving co-op. This was the work space outside the home of the co-op leader.
That is Nana Charito. She has made her living as a weaver of abel iloco fabric.
Colourful woven place mats
I bought this huge blanket.
Loving these patterns. All woven by hand.
Nana Charito drove a hard bargain. She didn’t give us a discount. But she gave each of my daughters an abel pouch.
Me and Nana Charito
Her place was surrounded by lush bamboo greenery.
Something I had to try – pinakbet pizza at Saramsam Cafe. The other half was plain pepperoni so the kids could eat it.
Another great dish, the Saramsam pasta – drizzled with chill oil and bagoong.
After late lunch, we did the long drive past Burgos. We stopped by the tourist information centre to take pictures and buy snacks.
This was the view from the Tourist Centre.
Then we went down to the beach of Bangui. These windmills were enormous!
I took solo shots of everyone.
It was approaching “magic hour.” I love how everyone’s skin just glowed because of the sun.
We are those people who cannot do jump shots well.
Believe me, we tried many times. Haha.
It was pure torture for her to keep still. She wanted to run around.
And the sun was getting in her eyes.
But mommy made her suffer. Haha.
Handmade wooden windmill souvenirs.
Bangui was beautiful! Sunset would have been stunning, I’m so sure. But we had to rush to the next town to see the rock formations.
We got to Kapurpurawan just before the sun dipped.
We all ran to the tip of the shore to see the creamy white limestone rock formations.
The place was stunning.
The rocks have been naturally sculpted by waves.
The kids returned to the base of the steps on horseback.
For information on Ilocos Norte Tourism check out www.tourismilocosnorte.com. Part One of my Ilocos Norte Diaries here and Part Two here. Third part here.