Ilocos Region, Philippines – You haven’t been to Ilocos unless you’ve tried authentic Ilocano dishes. Known for being thriftiest people in the Philippines, Ilocanos keep their food simple but impressive. Their cuisine only use the ingredients that are abundant in their surroundings but delivers distinct flavors! These flavors are brought by using bagoong (shrimp sauce) and Ilocano vinegar and garlic.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines – From Pagudpud we traveled down south to cover the rest of our itinerary. This includes the areas near the boundary of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. From old churches to ancestral houses, zoo, museum and cobble-stoned street – Vigan all have it, no wonder the city is dubbed as one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – If the Day 1 of our Ilocandia trip was mostly about old churches and Marcos memorabilia, our Day 2 was all about the unspoiled natural beauty of northern part of Ilocos Norte – from sea to falls, rocks to sands and more.
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines – This is where our travel-back-in-time weekend began. As mentioned on the earlier post, we left Manila at around 9 PM and arrived the next day at the city center of Laoag at 6AM. Yes, we started the tour right after we arrived!
Ilocos, Philippines – Hurray to the newly hailed wonder city of the world! As most of you didn’t know, I, Sheila, have an Ilocano blood. My roots, both sides, are from the Northern Philippines, Ilocos and Cagayan Region. Thus, I’m really proud and happy when I heard the news that Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world. Wooohoo!
Though I’ve been in Ilocos and Cagayan multiple times, the last time I’ve been in Vigan was when I was 12 years old, too long that I somehow forgot what it looks like. Thus, I’m so grateful that last year I was able to rekindle my childhood, and of course, glad to share the experience with Rap. Since this was his first time up north, we visited not only Vigan, but we’ve also seen the other parts of the region, both Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
We’ve realized through traveling the country that we don’t only have beautiful sights, we also have an abundance of beautiful people.
Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines – This is our winning entry for BookiePH First Anniversary Contest, Best Portrait Shot. Though we didn’t get the grand prize ( roundtrip tickets for two to Basco, Batanes ), we’re still glad to be chosen as one of those who will receive consolation prizes.
Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines – No wonder why Anawangin is becoming one of the hottest destinations for engagement sessions. Celebrities like third runner-up Miss Universe Shamcey + husband Lloyd Lee and Coach Rio + wife Nicole are some of the couples who chose the pristine and secluded beauty Anawangin as their backdrop for their prenup photos.
Like a phoenix, this beauty is born from ashes. It is what it is today because of Mount Pinatubo’s eruption back in 1991. Can you believe it? Surrounded by pine-like trees and carpeted by white sands from the eruption, this place is now one of the popular destination for photography enthusiasts, campers, mountaineers and beach bummers. See more about our experience here.
ANAWANGIN COVE, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES – Dreaming of spending a weekend secluded in an island, surrounded with lush green trees, majestic mountain range, scenic river, and a pristine beach? Tada! Anawangin is the place to be!
As most of you don’t know, we are IT professionals based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’m sure all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) would agree that the best Christmas gift ever is to be able to go home and spend time with loved ones. Luckily, we were able to get 2 weeks of vacation and since it’s a family season, we decided to spent most of it with our family, relatives and some friends just around around Manila especially Rap, as it’s his cousins wedding, most of his relatives overseas were also home. So, initially we don’t have plans together for the holidays, besides having Christmas dinner/lunch with Jollibee.
Lo and behold, sudden change of plans happened. Friday midnight I got a call from Rapy saying they’re planning to go out of town and leave for Anawangin on the same day at 6am, asked me if I want to join and of course, I said ‘Yes!’. (talk about last minute planning, lol. )
For our very first posts (first late post from last year’s Christmas and New Yea, hehe.. ), we’ll take you the beautiful Anawangin Cove of Zambales, Philippines. Stay tuned! 🙂