A man pedals his way along Laoag City’s streets in Ilocos Norte province, 12 hours north of the Philippine capital Manila. The Ilocos region is home to well preserved Spanish-era structures (or else refurbished to resemble such).
Continue reading “POSTCARDS: Biking along Laoag, Ilocos Norte”
Bangui, a coastal town in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, is home to a wind farm on its western coastline facing the West Philippine Sea. Twenty 70-meter gigantic wind turbines occupy about nine kilometers of shoreline, turning it into one of Ilocos’ most distinguished structures and tourist draws.
Continue reading “POSTCARDS: Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte”
Ilocos is known for its pinakbet, a native vegetable dish with bitter gourd, okra, squash, string beans, eggplants, and pork bits cooked in fish sauce, but definitely not sitting on a base of cheese, tomato sauce, and pizza crust.
We sampled this fusion pizza at Saramsam Restaurant in downtown Laoag, Ilocos Norte’s capital. The veggies are pre-cooked and topped on the crust, which also comes with tomatoes. You then sprinkle the whole thing with bagoong to complete the pinakbet taste.
Continue reading “POSTCARDS: Ilocos’ Pinakbet Pizza”
This year, we went to Ilocos without a car.
As anybody who’s been here knows very well, going around Ilocos is pretty straightforward with private transport, all thanks to nicely paved roads and sparse traffic.
Continue reading “Carless in Ilocos”
Golden blankets of palay and blue, misty mountains make for picture-perfect mornings in Pagudpud on the northern end of Luzon.
Continue reading “Our love-hate relationship with Pagudpud”
We’re glad to not have eaten anything that morning. If we did, we would have soiled the pristine scapes of the La Paz sand dunes in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte with what used to be our breakfast.
Continue reading “Riding the sands of Ilocos”
It’s hard to imagine Paoay Church—or San Agustin Church—in Ilocos Norte under bad weather, when the skies would be gray and gloomy, clouds nonexistent, no schoolchildren sauntering the grounds.
Continue reading “Always a sunny day at Paoay’s lovely Baroque church”
So this is what the fuss has all been about: huge waves crashing against jagged cliffs, some coming ashore to fill a busy network of canals at the base, no doubt shaped through time. And this has been what we walked an hour for under the 12 noon sun.
Continue reading “The long road to Kapurpurawan, Ilocos Norte”