Ilocandia and Pangasinan Category

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

August 8, 2010

It’s been a while since I last featured a lighthouse, and it has also been a while since there’s been a sight that was a superlative in some respect. So let’s now fix that by visiting the highest lighthouse in the Philippines, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as the... (read more)

El Niño at the San Roque Dam

June 27, 2010

I’ve already featured Pangasinan’s San Roque Dam back in 2006 and there I showed a side-by-side satellite imagery of the area before the dam was completed and after the dam was completed and the reservoir was filled up. Well, I recently saw that Google added some high-resolution satellite imagery in Pangasinan... (read more)

Bangui Windmills

June 20, 2010

Europeans are sick and tired of seeing windmills but in the Philippines where these tall, sleek, and white towers of power and beauty are still a novelty, the Bangui windmills are a veritable tourist spot in this otherwise unremarkable Ilocos Norte town. Operated by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation (NWPDC),... (read more)

Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

September 19, 2009

I mentioned last year that I once went to Treasures of Bolinao resort in western Pangasinan and that I would’ve visited the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse had I known that it was nearby. Well, Google Maps shows that this landmark is actually quite near, much less than a kilometer east of... (read more)

Marcos’ Bust

July 19, 2009

Photo by angust. (CC) Before it was blasted in 2002 (an act claimed by the Communist rebels), the Marcos bust was an imposing sight, standing up in the mountains overlooking Marcos Highway in La Union. Travelers going to Baguio City along this highway were greeted by the sight of the... (read more)

Treasures of Bolinao

October 25, 2008

The first out-of-town trip that I joined with my officemates that isn’t company-sponsored was at Treasures of Bolinao in Bolinao, Pangasinan. This is a remote beach resort at Patar Beach, Cape Bolinao on the western edge of the province and overlooks the vast expanse of the South China Sea. The... (read more)

Aglipay Shrine (Batac, Ilocos Norte)

April 1, 2008

Apparently, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos is not the only prominent historical figure who calls Batac City his home. One other such figure is Gregorio Aglipay, a former Catholic priest who, due to his support for the Philippine Revolution, was excommunicated and later on founded the Philippine Independent Church aka the Iglesia... (read more)

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

February 7, 2008

Probably one of the, um, interesting (and creepy?) places you can visit is the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in the heart of Batac City, Ilocos Norte. The mausoleum is where the glass-entombed, preserved corpse of the deposed president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos is found. The dictator died in exile in Hawaii... (read more)

Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag

December 3, 2007

The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City in the province of Ilocos Norte is one of the first things you may spot upon entering the city proper. It’s a massive 45-meter bell tower said to be one of the tallest bell towers in the Philippines and was built by the... (read more)

Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine

October 11, 2007

Manaoag, Pangasinan is one of the Philippines’ pilgrimage centers, thanks to the presence of the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, home to the image of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario (i.e., Our Lady of the Rosary), which is believed to have miraculous powers. Non-Catholics may scoff at such idolatrous devotion,... (read more)

Chavit Singson’s Baluarte

June 9, 2007

Luis “Chavit” Singson may have conceded the recently concluded Senate race and quit politics, but he can take refuge in the fact that his palatial Baluarte home in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the top tourist attractions in Ilocos Sur, the other being the Spanish-styled Calle Crisologo in... (read more)

Balay ti Amianan

May 4, 2007

Way up north in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, along the northern shores of the town’s lake, is the Balay ti Amianan, which served as the rest house of former President Ferdinand Marcos. As such, the house is also called the “Malacañang of the North.” “Balay ti amianan” is Ilocano for “house... (read more)

Fort Ilocandia

July 1, 2006

Laoag City’s premier tourist accomodation is the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel and Casino. The resort’s main compound is located right next to the beach and just southwest of the Laoag International Airport. Three kilometers to the southeast of the hotel is the resort’s 18-hole golf course and country club (formerly... (read more)

Calle Crisologo (Vigan)

June 29, 2006

Our next stop is in the historic city of Vigan, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (earlier we featured another Heritage Site). The city is always cited as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” and is best-known for Calle Crisologo, a half-kilometer stretch of... (read more)

San Roque Dam

June 14, 2006

Update: June 21, 2006. The new imagery from Google Earth has now arrived in Google Maps. This means you can no longer see the dam under construction in Google Maps. While not as provocative as the destruction of Porta Farm in Zimbabwe or as heartbreaking as the devastation of the tsunami... (read more)

Sual Power Plant

March 22, 2006

Located in Sual, Pangasinan is the 1,200-MW coal-fired Sual Power Plant along Lingayen Gulf. This power plant is majority-owned by Mirant Philippines and is the country’s largest coal-fired power plant. You can see the plant’s tall smokestack when you’re driving along northern Pangasinan towards Alaminos City (Hundred Islands) or Bolinao. If... (read more)

Hundred Islands

March 5, 2006

The Hundred Islands National Park, located in Alaminos City, is Pangasinan’s foremost tourist destination. There are actually 123 islands dotting this stretch of the historic Lingayen Gulf (and the number increases to 124 at low tide, so the story goes [could this be the proverbial 7,108th island of the Philippines?]). The... (read more)