It’s been a year since I, with my family, explored the Ilocos Region, Philippines. I can vividly remember how we rode the extremely cold sleeper bus for the first time and endured an almost 10-hour long trip. I’ve been to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte a long time ago but I didn’t mind traveling back there to show my parents and sister how lovely the cities and towns are. Plus, I got the chance to visit what I have missed before. Too bad my other sister who just given birth to a cutie baby boy that time was not able to join us. Must’ve been lovelier if she were with us.
Tasty empanada and longganisa (local sausage), a fun 4×4 ride on the sand dunes, indeed it was a Christmas vacation well spent with my family. Here are a few of personal photos of the amazing cities/towns of Ilocos Region, Philippines.
Ilocos Sur (South Ilocos)
Vigan, the province’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been chosen as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the world. That’s enough reason for you guys to visit Ilocos Sur. It’s like traveling back in time when Philippines was still a colony of the Spain. Spanish inspired structures made of cobble stones, exploring the city via horse-driven carriage, becoming a foodie and enjoy the signature bagnet (deep fried crispy pork belly), empanada (stuffed bread), and the longganisa (local sausage). We also took the chance to see the other tourist attractions around Vigan.