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   ILOCOS NORTE: "THE HERITAGE PROVINCE"
 
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Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south. Ilocos Norte faces the South China Sea to the west and the Luzon Strait to the north.

Ilocos Norte is noted for being the birthplace of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who led an authoritarian rule over the country during the latter half of his incumbency. The Marcoses enjoy a modicum of popularity in the province. Ilocos Norte is also known as a northern tourist destination, being the location of Fort Ilocandia, an upper class hotel and beach resort famous among expatriates, and Pagudpud.

  • Pagudpud is a fourth class municipality and a coastal resort town of Ilocos Norte province, in the northern Ilocos Region of the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Pagudpud has a population of 21,877 people. It is the northernmost settlement on Luzon Island. The town is bounded to the south by the town of Bangui and to the east by the Cordillera Mountain Range, the town of Adams and the province of Cagayan. The South China Sea lies to the west and north. The town rolls over mountains, hills, valleys and flat coastal land. It lies 45 miles (72 km) north of Laoag City, the provincial capital, and about 350 miles (560 km) north of Manila. They reside in 5, 290 homes that are spread across 83 square miles (210 km2). Most make their living through farming, fishing and subsistence retailing. Tourism is a growing part of the economy. 
  • The City of Vigan is a fourth class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people. It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.
 
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MUST-SEE IN ILOCOS NORTE - VIGAN - PAGUDPOD
 

Travelling Ilocos Norte gives a lot bang for your buck as the province is literally crammed with a lot of historical places, nooks for adventures, fine beaches and excellent cuisine that is indigenous to the region. It is perfect for the sportsman whether for surfing in Badoc, golfing in Fort Ilocandia, Rock-climbing in Adams, Trekking in Solsona and Nueva Era; excellent for families and people on the lookout for white sandy beaches; must-go for fans of architecture and history and a requirement for a traveling gourmand.

With a prime location on North, there is no better place to relax after a hard day'sof working. A spectacular view is complemented by the stunning new bars, and beautifully restored historic building. Relaxed welcoming service, great food, cold beer, and an impeccable wine list, make Ilocos Norte Province is the perfect place to stop. Tastefully appointed, air-conditioned accommodation, makes it the perfect place to stay.

 

Paoay Church: The Church of St. Augustine, more popularly known as Paoay Church, is a picture-perfect Baroque church in the municipality of Paoay. The green grass, the ancient gray church, and the blue sky make for a perfect shot. In 1993, Paoay Church was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 
Malacañang of the North: Once the official residence of the Marcos family whenever they were in Ilocos Norte, this sprawling Spanish-designed house is now a museum showcasing Marcos memorabilia. From the curving staircase to the painstakingly carved furniture, everything looks grand, fitting for a palace of the then-First Family. After soaking in the culture and heritage inside the museum, go outside and breathe in the fresh breeze blowing across Paoay Lake.
 
La Paz Sand Dunes: Sandboarding? Well, we don’t have snow in the Philippines to do snowboarding, but we do have plenty of sand — and sand dunes — in Ilocos Norte. Ride a 4x4 to get to the La Paz sand dunes in Laoag, get on a sandboard and cruise down the steep mountain of sand, all while keeping your balance. Perfect adrenaline rush!
 
Bangui’s Windmills: On your way to the white sand beaches of Pagudpud, don’t forget to stop by Bangui. Let yourself feel small — in a good way — amid the 50-meter-tall windmills, spinning blades not yet included. Feel the rush both from the wind and from the waves of Bangui Bay. If you have time, watch the sun set and see the windmills’ dark silhouettes spinning against an orange sky. Bangui’s windmills are not only beautiful but also useful. They produce sustainable energy that provides 40% of Ilocos Norte’s electricity.
 
Blue Lagoon: Pagudpud’s famous Blue Lagoon, with its crystal blue waters and white sands, is now a haven not only for beach bums but also for adrenaline junkies and water sports enthusiasts. You can try the usual banana boat rides as well as more physically demanding activities like surfing. Or, you can simply and effortlessly ride the zipline across the sea.
 
Patapat Viaduct: On your way to and back from Pagudpud, you will be passing by this long snaking bridge that is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. Take a moment to savor the sight of gray concrete, green mountains and blue sea. If you are driving, you can stop by to relish the view longer.
 
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse: Built in the municipality of Burgos, this century-old lighthouse still guides international ships entering the Philippines from the north. You climb up steps on a hill to take in not only this old Spanish lighthouse but also the view of the clear blue waters where Spanish galleons used to sail.
 
Kapupurawan Rock Formation:  Standing at the edge of the sea, this massive rock formation shines conspicuously white, hence its name “Kapurpurawan,” which means “white” in Ilocano. Also in Burgos like Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, this rock formation is easily accessible via a horseback ride.
 
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