That looooonggg road trip from Manila to Vigan, Ilocos Sur to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and back was fun as staff were allowed to bring their families. It was not only a chance to unwind, but get into an educational field trip with the kids in tow.
I would highly recommend you rent a large vehicle and driver (not unless you want to sit behind the wheel for the duration of the trip) and take this road trip with your family. I was delighted with all the surprises Ilocos had in store for me on that trip.
|Vigan Church, Ilocos Sur|
|The imposing beauty of Paoay Church |
(St. Augustine Church, Paoay Ilocos Norte)
|Paoay Church detail|
|A long forgotten treasure by the side of the church|
|The side of Paoay Church|
|Paoay church bell tower|
|Paoay church bell tower detail |
or Rapunzel's tower... you decide. :-)
|Abandoned row boat on Bangui, Ilocos Norte's shores|
View turn of the century houses along the famed streets of Vigan where you can take a calesa (horse drawn carriage) and cruise at a leisurely, rhythmic clip-clop, clip-clop gait of the horses.
|Painter Juan Luna's ancestral house|
the family of Former President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos and Former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos,
|To this day, her beauty is timeless|
and National Artist for Pottery (1986) Mr. Fidel Go.
|Mr. Fidel Go at his pottery workshop in Vigan, Ilocos Sur|
|The local coffee stand... uh, 3-in-1 coffee, anyone?|
|One thing is for sure. This phone does not need pre-paid load credits. :-)|
|Kitchen work area at the house of Padre Burgos|
|A peek into the South China Sea |
from Thunderbird Resort, La Union