February 14, 2012

Day 3: Laoag- Pagudpud Tour

We started our Laoag - Pagudpud tour at 8AM, Glenn was not available at that time so his cousin was the one who drove us to Pagudpud. The first stop is the Sinking Bell Tower. It is one of the tallest here in the Philippines. This is walking distance from our hotel, they say that you can see St. Mary image in this tower. Can you see the image?

The next stop is Marcos Museum, which is located in Sarrat, (no entrance fee). Our Laoag and Vigan tour is like an educational trip where you can see historical sites, landmark and memorabilia. It is a chance to learn more about the past which I have not learned in my History class. 

I was born in the 80’s so I have very little knowledge about former President Marcos and now I understand why Ilokanos really love Marcos, I’ve seen some of his photos, love letters, achievements and many more and it seems that he is indeed a genius guy like Jose Rizal. (that’s my opinion).

Then we dropped by Salt Making House, did you know that it takes 18 hours just to produce salt and they do not use heat from the sun. Pinaiinitan nila, old school na pala yung napanood ko sa Batibot. 

Laoag and Vigan are like revisiting the past while Pagudpud is enjoying the nature and scenery so I’m not surprised if more people stay in Pagudpud than in Laoag and Vigan. It is 2 hour trip from Laoag and 4 hours from Vigan.

Let the photos do the talk.

 Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Bangui Windmill

Note: We're so busy taking pictures and we did not notice na may parating na malaking alon, ang layo namin sa shoreline pero inabot kami, nagulat na lang kami at nabasa na kami at natanggal ang slippers ng anak ko, so habol ni hubby yung slippers, then one lady is shouting for help, yung kasama niya paglingon namin, nakahiga na sa sand and basang-basa so takbo ulit si hubby and inalalayan and sinave din ni hubby yung slippers ni lola.

Patapat viaduct

Agua Grande

On your way to Blue Lagoon, you will see Timmantang Rock, Bantay Abot Cave and Dos Hermanos Island.

Bantay Abot Cave

Blue Lagoon P20 entrance fee. We did not rent any cottage, we just paid for bathroom use, price is per person. 

We skipped Kaibigan Falls because we have kids in tow.


  1. Wow! Ang ganda ng rock formation! I never knew about this place before :)

  2. grabe ang ganda talaga ng kapurpurawan at blue lagoon! kakamiss yung llugar =)

  3. ang gaganda ng mga pics nyo sis,no wonder it's more fun in the Philippines talaga :)

  4. Wow! I'm sure you had a hard time choosing the pictures to upload. Ang ganda ganda lahat! :)

  5. Awww, you guys look like you had fun. Na miss ko tuloy family ko. We did this trip with my family on one of our holidays. WE skipped the rock formation coz I was pregnant with Poj then. I hope we could visit that place too someday.
    Beautiful pics =)

  6. Oh my goodness! there are so many beautiful and wonderful things to explore in Pinas and some of it I don't even know. I miss Philippines and hopefully someday we get to go back on vacation. Thank you for sharing the photos. I love it! :)

    Adin B

  7. rae and krissy - effort kasi itong rock formation but i really enjoyed this place.

    kaye - punta ka na. =)

    chyng - kapurpurawan and blue lagoon nga ang nakakamiss.

    jo and em- thanks! nahirapan talaga ko mamili ng pictures sa dami ng pagpipilian. =)

    adin - i agree and i still have a long list of places to go to. =)

  8. wow, amazing rock formations! wanna visit the windmill in the future.

  9. Awesome photos! My parents are both from Ilocos but I haven't been there yet... I wish I could go there soon to experience a bit of my heritage :)

  10. Since the time I heard about Ilocos, I wanted to go there sometime but the distance of it from Cebu made it a difficult thing for me. Visiting from TT.

  11. the rock formation were totally awesome!!!! i want to have a windmill in our farm in asutralia as well!! xx

  12. Nakakamiss talaga ang Ilocos. Ang dami ko pang hindi napupuntahan.

  13. what a beautiful place :-) love all the pictures, what a great adventures with the family too :-) the water looks refreshing :-) Visiting from Tuesday Travels, hope that you can return the visit too.


  14. waah! May story talaga about the alon. Ang galing at naisave din yung kay Lola. At oh, nakaka-overwhelm sa ganda talaga ang mga tanawing ito! You know when we went for a vacation in Taiwan may mga ganyang scenery din at magaganda din like dito sa atin. Lovely! Ang ganda talaga ng mga gawa ng Diyos.

    TT visit here! Here's mine: http://www.womenschoice.info/2012/02/tagaytay-travel.html

  15. What beautiful photos!!! Very informative, too, about the places within Pinas! I super enjoyed your share kasi it feels like I am traveling with you rin. Those last set of shots look surreal! Parang nasa labas ng Pinas eh! Ganda talaga!

    Thanks for sharing these snaps and experience at Tuesday Travels! Hope to see you again this week! ;-)

  16. I soooooo love this one mich!!! Ang ganda talaga ng Ilocos!

  17. Thanks for the informative posts and beautiful photos! :-) I'm bookmarking this for a planned trip *cross fingers* to Laoag-Vigan-Pagudpud. Enjoyed reading about your travels.

    1. thanks carmel! good luck on your planning. =)

  18. Wow! One of the beautiful place that Philippines should be proud off. This can be a perfect educational tours in the Philippines and I wish I can travel to that place and experience that wonderful place, very relaxing and looking at the sea it gives a peace of mind and it can relieve your stress. Thanks for sharing it.