“The Best of Culture and Nature “

MANILA, Philippines - Heading north? There’s more to see aside from the famous white sand beaches of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. Spend a weekend in this province and allow yourself to be smitten by its rich cultural heritage and natural wonders.

 

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GEOGRAPHY

Ilocos Norte has a land of 3, 662 sq.km., bordered by ilocos Sur (south), Abra (southeast), Cagayan (east) and the South China Sea (west)

 

GETTING THERE

By Air Laoag International Airport serves as the main gateway to Ilocos Norte. Laoag is just a 45-minute flight from Manila; 55 minutes from Kaoshiung; 80 minutes from Guangzhou, Hongkong and Taipe; 2.5 hours from Shanghai.

By Land Various bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route for an 8 hour drive. Ilocos Norte is just 477 kilometers north of Manila. 4 hours from Baguio.

 

GETTING AROUND

The most convenient way of going around is by booking a tour van through a registered travel booking a tour van. If your more adventurous, you can commute by bus as well. Prices vary, although bus owners usually collect a fee of approximately P25.00 - P60.00 per passenger. Jeeps that ply the common routes have an average fee of P11.00 per kilometer. Tricycles offer the easiest way to get around town, especially if short distances are involved. A P11.00 payment is charged for the first kilometer, after which it is negotiable. If you have time to spare, we recommend a calesa ride around the city. Minimum charge is P15.00 for the first kilometer.

CITIES

  • Laoag
  • Batac

 

TOWNS

  • Adams
  • Bacarra
  • Badoc
  • Bangui
  • Banna
  • Burgos
  • Carasi
  • Currimao
  • Dingras
  • Dumalneg
  • Marcos
  • Nueva Era
  • Pagudpud
  • Paoay
  • Pasuquin
  • Piddig
  • Pinili
  • San Nicolas
  • Sarrat
  • Solsona
  • Vintar

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Ilocano
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Paoay Church (San Agustin Church) – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Bangui Wind Farm
  • Malacanang of the North
  • Pagudpod Beach
  • Sarrat
  • Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes
  • Ferdinand Marcos Mausoleum
  • Sinking Bell Tower
  • St. William's Cathedral
  • Museo Ilocos Norte
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Kapurpurawan Rock formation
  • Patapat Viaduct

SEASONS

  • Dry (November to April)
  • Wet (May to October)

 

RELIGION

  • Roman Catholic: 54.20%
  • Aglipay: 28.82%
  • Evangelicans: 5.12%
  • Iglesia ni Cristo: 4.37%
  • Others: 7.49%

 

CLOTHING

  • Thin cotton is recommended
  • Jacket during the cooler months (November - February)

 

LET’S GO TRY

  • Bagoong (Fish Paste)
  • Pinakbet, Igado, Dinakdakan, And Poqui-Poqui
  • Bagnet (Deep-Fried Pork Belly)
  • Native Longganisa

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try a pakbet flavored pizza..
  • Eat some Bagnet
  • Chill With The Windmills
  • Surf In The Water, Surf In The Sand (Sand Dunes)

 

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Pamulinawen Festival (February 2-10-a festival showcasing Ilocano Customs and Virtues. Activities include street pageantry, Calesa Festival, Komedya Ilocano, Balikbayan Nights, Search for Miss Laoag.)
  • Kangayedan Festival (April 22-26-Highlights: dance parade, trade & tourism fair, beauty contest. balikbayan night, coco food fest, matinee shows, water sports and goodwill games. )
  • Guling-Guling Festival (March 8-Exciting and calendrical rites in Paoay where townsfolk and their guests participate in singing and dancing in the street, dressed in their native costume, the antique and attractive "Abel Paoay Kimona" with matching tapis or pandiling, adorned with century old jewelries. )

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, a Filipino dictator who held the title of President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, was born on 11 September 1917, in the town of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
  • The Malacanang of the North is actually a “birthday gift” of then First Lady Imelda Marcos to her husband on his 60th birthday.
  • An iconic mustache that became a genuine Ilocano trademark and even used in Paoay Kumakaway advertisement with sexy women wearing mustache is from Ilocano's beloved Juan Luna, one of the world’s greatest painters who was born in Badoc, Ilocos Norte.

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