Ilocos Norte in One Day

 

 

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.

 

20140511_105449
Our first stop, Museo Ilocos Norte in Paoay.

 

20140511_105455
It was an old tabacalera warehouse during the Spanish period.

 

20140511_105515
Right beside it is a retail and entertainment complex. We had merienda at Johnny Moon Cafe after the museum visit.

 

20140511_110828
The museum is well-curated. It features the heritage of Ilocos Norte – abel weaves, tabaco farming, basketry, fishing and a small “ancestral house”.

 

20140511_110653
Stella and an old cart used to transport farm produce.

 

20140511_112304
The building isn’t air conditioned but it is very well-ventilated.

 

20140511_112311
This is the small Filipino ancestral house inside the museum.

 

20140511_111018
Stella said, “It looks just like our house.” Haha. Yes, we live in a bahay na bato-style home.

 

20140511_111316
There is a small loom.

 

20140511_105637
Out side the museum complex is this beautiful canopy with a jumping fountain.

 

P1010900
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.

 

P1010904
That is Nana Charito. She has made her living as a weaver of abel iloco fabric.

 

20140511_140223
Colourful woven place mats

 

20140511_134606
I bought this huge blanket.

 

20140511_140300
Loving these patterns. All woven by hand.

 

20140511_141342
Nana Charito drove a hard bargain. She didn’t give us a discount. But she gave each of my daughters an abel pouch.

 

20140511_141521
Me and Nana Charito

 

P1010909
Her place was surrounded by lush bamboo greenery.

 

20140511_151349
Something I had to try – pinakbet pizza at Saramsam Cafe. The other half was plain pepperoni so the kids could eat it.

 

20140511_150801
Another great dish, the Saramsam pasta – drizzled with chill oil and bagoong.

 

20140511_165626
After late lunch, we did the long drive past Burgos. We stopped by the tourist information centre to take pictures and buy snacks.

 

20140511_165500
This was the view from the Tourist Centre.

 

20140511_172223
Then we went down to the beach of Bangui. These windmills were enormous!

 

20140511_172045
I took solo shots of everyone.

 

20140511_172606
It was approaching “magic hour.” I love how everyone’s skin just glowed because of the sun.

 

20140511_171924
We are those people who cannot do jump shots well.

 

P1010932
Believe me, we tried many times. Haha.

 

20140511_173047
It was pure torture for her to keep still. She wanted to run around.

 

20140511_172747
And the sun was getting in her eyes.

 

P1010943
But mommy made her suffer. Haha.

 

P1010953
Handmade wooden windmill souvenirs.

 

20140511_173624
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.

 

 

 

P1010970
We got to Kapurpurawan just before the sun dipped.

 

P1010987
We all ran to the tip of the shore to see the creamy white limestone rock formations.

 

20140511_181410
The place was stunning.

 

20140511_181946
The rocks have been naturally sculpted by waves.

 

 

 

20140511_182603
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.

 

 

Leave a comment

  • marge_medina

    Hi Ms Daphne! I so love your posts. I hope, one day, you could do a meet and greet! I’d love to see you in person. God bless you and your family.

    • Anonymous

      oooh I would love that too. but what should we do at that meet and greet? haha

  • cris

    would you know the name of the Abel Co-op or where it’s located. Would love to go. thanks!

    • Anonymous

      i lost the card. its nanay charito i think. I’m sure you can ask around. place is not so big.

      • cris

        Thanks! will definitely look for it. Cheers!