Places & Experiences

Hello Ilocos! (Part 3)

Day 3

It was the last day of our Ilocos trip. As much as we want to stay longer in this place, time cannot permit it to be so. There were still so much to explore in Ilocos.
Before we head home, we made our last stop in Laoag which was the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. What made it stand out was a uniquely shaped limestone formation on the rocky coast of Burgos. It is as if a ship had been push ashore by the crashing waves.

Unfortunately, we were already forbidden to go near it. It was because the locals were trying to prevent vandalism from visitors. They would like to preserve its unique beauty as is. So, we have no choice but to admire it from afar. Being near it would have made a great picture though. It would be as if you are in another country.

We then drove all the way back to Vigan. Along the way, we took pictures under the arch of Pagudpud as a way of saying goodbye to the place. We also bought food stuff as “pasalubongs” for our loved ones in Manila.

We skipped visiting the Malacañang of the North because of time constraint. We reached Vigan by lunchtime.
The area were the ancestral houses are situated have modern fast food chains. But we opted to taste Ilocano dishes at Café Leona. It was an old stone house converted into a restaurant. We ordered food such as bagnet, pinakbet, and another pork dish that I forgot the name. The winner among the dishes was bagnet! It was so deliciously crispy and juicy. Never mind the cholesterol afterwards! We had ice cream for dessert.

Once we were full, we were given an hour to explore Calle Crisologo. This is the famous part of Vigan Heritage Village. Too bad the sun was still high up and scorching. Nevertheless, we tried to take a good picture without that much sun glare.

The houses were of Spanish architecture. Even the streets are made of cobblestones. It was as if being transported back in time. Along the streets, a variety of shops sell souvenirs from antiques to “I Love Vigan” shirts.

I heard that the place looks more nostalgic at night. There were also hotels in the area were one could spend the night on.
We left Vigan at around 2 PM in the afternoon already. Then it was home for all of us.

I would definitely go back to the place in the future given the opportunity.  🙂 The long road trip was all worth it!
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I am a wife to Francis and a mother to Olivia. I am an avid reader, but a frustrated writer. Maybe considered a millennial, but very much of a "manang".

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