Travel Diary

Road Trip to Ilocos | Part 2

Our last two days in Ilocos became more exciting and unforgettable adventure as we further explore and discover this amazing province. From historical places and churches to its captivating nature — Ilocos is truly a great place to visit.

 Here’s another glimpse of the beauty of Ilocos:

The Refmand Farms and Dragon Fruit Plantation

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Windmills

I enjoyed horseback riding on my way to the Kapurpurawan for P100.  I actually wondered what the word “Kapurpurawan” means in Ilocano and my tour guide said it means “white”.

 Kapurpurawan Rock Formation was named as such because it showcases a breathtaking view of creamy white and streamlined lime stone formation with windmills nearby.

 I didn’t expect the cold and strong wind in this place where I can intensely feel the power of the winds pushing against my back.  Most of my pictures have my face covered with my hair, haha. I regret not bringing a ponytail.

A beautiful stopped over on our way to Bangui Windmills.

The Bangui Windmills

Dear Bangui Windmills, I wished I have witnessed and captured your beauty with a great sunlight, but still, you’re stunning regardless. First time to see roaring and tempestuous waves like this in person.

The Patapat Viaduct 

The Blue Lagoon

on the sandy shore, I stare at this breathtaking horizon in front me. 

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

The Domeless Bell Tower

The Domeless Bell Tower at 6:00 pm. This belfry was so ancient, it was built in 1830 and known as the “Bowing Acrobat tower of Southeast Asia.”

Pagburnayan Pottery Making

Yay! for pottery making. On our 3rd day in Ilocos, pottery making is what I was excited about in our itinerary. But sadly, I haven’t gotten a chance to experience it for some reason. So, here’s just the picture of the grandson of the national artist for pottery Fidel Antiporga Go.  (Sorry guys, I’m not even sure if it’s Fidel but I know he is the grandson, hahaha)

Crisologo Museum

Vitalis Villa Resort / Inmaculata Concepcion Church

Before we go back to Manila, we had a quick visit to Vitalis Villa. It is a greek-style resort they called “Santorini of Ilocos Sur”. Out of curiosity to see the entire resort, I google it until I was amazed how huge and gorgeous it is. Now, I want to go back there!

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    March 13, 2017 at 4:56 am

    I’ve been here last June and I must say aside from the historical but beautiful places they have, their Bagnet is incomparable! Good thing you thought of horseback riding in Kapurpurawan. My feet got sunburnt because we walked their at high noon. sobrang init! Your photos are great btw! Especially the photo of the windmills 🙂
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      March 13, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Oh yeah, bagnet! It is sooo delicious, i also love their poqui-poqui haha. i actually took a photo of one huge bowl of bagnet in Ilocos,craving right now.

      Aww, a little bit of trek to Kapurpurawan is a great experience though especially if you are with your friends.

      Thank you for dropping by, Angelica!

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    Da Dominguez
    March 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to try pottery-making! Do they let you touch those things? Haha I’m really interested. And ooooh, this post reminded me of the dragon fruit ice cream from Ilocos. Have you tried that?
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      March 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      yes, da. they will actually let you create your own 🙂

      No, I haven’t tried their dragon fruit ice cream 🙁

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    March 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    the windmill photo is like a scene from a beautiful drama/movie. i love your photos so much :’)
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      March 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      aww, thank you so much, Nana 🙂

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    March 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Oh, I so envy you because we came here last December and it was raining. Though we did enjoy our stay, it always is wonderful to travel with friends and family, it would have been nice to see the windmills on a sunny day. You got great photos.

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      March 28, 2017 at 2:42 am

      aw, it was actually cold and windy that time but im glad it didnt rain. Thank you so much, Heide! 🙂

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    March 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    wow it looks soo beautiful! Looks liek you had alot of fun! x

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      March 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you, Natalie! 🙂

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    March 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Lovely photos Jonine! Ilocos is one of the provinces I always wish to visit. Every time I get to see tour packages on facebook, I’m always tempted to avail. I know Ilocos is very feasible to go to, and there are so many places to visit! I have tried horseback riding before, that was in Tagaytay. I remembered feeling sad about the horses cos I pity them so much. I didn’t put so much effort in controlling the horse cos I might hurt it. huhu! The Bangui Windmills still looks great in the photo despite the weather. Hope I can visit the place one day soon!

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      March 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Hello, Dianne. 🙂 Visit Ilocos it is indeed a beautiful province. Aww, I actually hugged the horse after horseback riding, hehe they’re so adorable and look so innocent. Thank you, Dianne!

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