Horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping on cobblestone streets past Spanish-era houses called bahay na bato — there are only a few places in the Philippines as nostalgic as Vigan. The city, a World Heritage Site, is “an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia,” according to UNESCO.
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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.
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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.
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Golden blankets of palay and blue, misty mountains make for picture-perfect mornings in Pagudpud on the northern end of Luzon.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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