February 08, 2012

Day 2: Laoag Tour Part 1


Last year, my sister decided not to have a birthday party for my nephew’s 7th birthday instead they will just have a family out of town trip. So when I saw P12 Cebu Pacific seat sale, I personally invited myself to join their family trip and informed her after I booked our flight (me and my son). Hehe! Hubby was not interested to join but after our stressful week last December, he promised that he will join our Ilocos trip kahit magbus siya (babawi daw). But God is so good and I was able to get seat sale ticket for my hubby last month.


A month before our trip I booked our hotel accommodation at UKL Ever Hotel and rented a van for 2 days tour, actually we can avail the 3 days tour but 2 days tour is much cheaper and I can do Laoag tour on our own because we will be staying in Laoag Centro.

Fast forward, we started our tour as early as 7:30am, first stop is La Paz Sand Dunes, I thought this will be part of our second day, so I was not prepared, namuti tuloy ang black shoes ko. =( If you remember the “Temptation Island” movie, this is the location. As far as I know, you can also avail sand boarding lesson, P2,500 for group of four.


my first panorama shot. =) my only photo on this post




If you have the budget you can stay in Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino, this place is really huge, I like the structure and design. I saw 3 atm machine inside the hotel and most of the guests are foreigners.




Malacanang Ti Amianan, P30 entrance fee.



paoay lake
Marcos Mausoleum, first time to see former President Marcos, camera is not allowed so I have no pictures.



Batac Photo Gallery, where you can see pictures, love letters and achievements of former Pres. Marcos.



St. Augustine (Paoay Church), UNESCO World Heritage Site, wrong timing, church is under maintenance.



Juan Luna Shrine, this is the birthplace of Juan Luna, the man behind Spolarium. The house was burned down in 1861 and they have just reconstructed it. The two-bricked story house is really attractive, you can see replica of Juan Luna’s paintings, family photo gallery and other memorabilia.



Next stop is Vigan.

Photo Credit: Glenn Perdido Tolentino
Who is Glenn? He was our driver, tour guide and photographer in our Laoag-Vigan Tour. He has his own DSLR and tripod so wala kami problem sa pictures. =)

For inquiries, please contact GLENN
Mobile numbers: Globe: 09163343432 Smart: 09395356959 09202749259

35 comments:

  1. nice photos mich, ang linis at ang linaw. keep them coming! =)

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  2. ^sis, hindi ako kumuha ng photo, si glenn, yung nahire namin sa tour. meron siya dala dslr.

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  3. love the photos sis! plus ang ganda ng place. just another sulit family out of town trip despite the mishaps you mentioned on your previous post.di ko pa na-try sa cam ko yung panorama shot,matesting nga! :D

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  4. jo - yes sis, sulit talaga vacation, yung last day lang talaga ang hindi ok. binyagan na yangnew cam mo. =)

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  5. Lovely family photos.
    Hubby wants to go there too kaya lng Akira is notused to long hours of travel :(

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  6. Galing ng mga photos michi, great shots! Sulit ang bayad. Would love to see Marcos' museum, nandun ba shoes ni Imelda?

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  7. How nice!!! And I love the new look of your blog :)

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  8. em - same here, ayaw din ni hubby magdrive so nagbook ako ng ticket. =)

    mel - i haven't seen imelda shoes in marcos museum,puro memorabilia ni former pres. marcos.

    anne - thanks! =)

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  9. I'd love to go on a Vigan-Ilocos tour. So beautiful! =)

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  10. I remember marveling at how Lake Paoay sparkled on a clear sunny day as I was looking out from inside the "palace" Too bad we didn't have a camera that time. It was just a spur of the moment thing as I was vacationing at my paternal grandparents' house. I'd love to tour Vigan as well. :-)

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  11. Great Post and Pics and you a got a really good price, so why not grab diba....

    Keep Posting and thanks for sharing!

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  12. tin - go tin, ganda ng ilocos.

    aileen - it happened to me before, so binalikan ko ang cebu para sa pictures. hehe!

    rhed - yes, good price na considering ang layo ng tourist spots.

    rom - yes, dito rin daw nagshooting. =)

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  13. Galing ng panorama shot! My gulay, whatta steal... P12 seat sale!

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  14. I want to step on sand dunes. It is fun! The panoramic view of the Laoag picturesque place are so impressive.

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  15. Mich, I like how the photos are laid-out in collage as one. Great fun indeed. Have you tried the sand boarding?

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  16. ed - nope, next time na lang pag wala ng kids na kasama. =)

    gil - thanks sir gil!

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  17. WOW! Ok yung tour-guide nio. Photographer din. :D

    I hope I could do the Ilocandia tour before it ends.

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  18. thanks God that the place was safe during the earthquake,

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  19. I love the way the story was presented with the photos. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photostory of Loag.

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  20. Wow ang Ganda ng church!!!! I have some friends from laoag, but until now Di pa ako Naka visit... Hope to check the place Soon! I heard about it a lot and thanks for this post! Now I really really have to see the place! ;)

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  21. I havn't been there since I was 10. Thanks for reminding me.

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  22. Love your panoramic shot of La Paz sis! :D I really hope I can go to Laoag soon. I want to visit all these beautiful places too. And thanks for sharing Glenn's info. Would be taking note of it if ever I'll visit Ilocos soon.. :)

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  23. I've been there. nag stay kami sa Villa Angela

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  24. ganda ng mga photos mo at ang linaw ng pagkakuha.

    But I simply fell in love with the Paoay Church..but sad to know to were not able to get inside as it is under renovation.

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  25. Di pa ako nakakapunta diyan kaya naiinggit ako sa inyo. I dunno if I'm right pero diba diyan din sa sand dunes nag-shoot yung Panday at Himala dati? Hope to go there soon. :)

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    1. not sure sa himala, pero panday, yes!

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  26. Wow! Really nice place! I'd love to go here with my fam. Project ko yan pag mayaman na ako haha. Madami kasi kami at gusto ko marami kaming pupunta.

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  27. Love your photos... would love to go there someday!!! thanks for sharing!:)

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  28. These are nice shots, I'm defintely bringing my family here in Ilocos, your photos did it.:)

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  29. Ganda ng mga pics. Tour guide and photographer? Cool huh!

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  30. reading your blog is really entertaining.

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  31. cant wait for our Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud tour on December :)

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    1. i know the feeling. =) ganyan din ko pag may upcoming trip, naiinip and naeexcite masyado...

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