After weeks of Hiatus I finally found a way to kick my lazy ass to blog about my Ilocos Trip! Up from Laoag, Paoay, Vigan and Pagudpud i’ll take you to tourist spots, breathtaking views and everything under the heat of the sun (literally) that the North of Luzon has to offer.
Quick info: It was never our decision, even the slightest bit of thinking on visiting the north mainly first, it’s a looong travel. Second, it’s just too long. Thank God, almost all the good hotels in Baguio were fully booked by that time thus kissing goodbye to our Baguio trip and I personally don’t want my remaining days in Luzon just staying in the busy streets and fuss of Manila (don’t get me wrong, I’m good with Manila. It’s just that the fast paced is giving me a headache). So, we pushed Ilocos and travelled at night right after we got back home from Tagaytay. P.S. It’s the first time the fambam got all spontaneous and shit!
After endless Mamas Gun, 1975 & Taylor Swift songs, Gasoline pit stops. few minutes of sleeping and a 7 hour ride (imagine the pain in the ass) finally we arrived in Laoag! Laoag is a first class city and capital of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. First thing on our list is Marcos’ birthplace, second, visit old churches & just discover Sarrat Ilocos Norte under the heat of the sun! Sarrat is a fourth class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is situated geographically just southeast of Laoag City, the capital of the province.
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First church we visited in Sarrat is Sta. Monica church. The Santa Monica Parish Church, commonly known as the Sarrat Church, is a Roman Catholic parish church in Barangay San Leandro, Poblacion, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It was built in 1779 and was originally known as San Miguel Church. One thing I am in awe with the church is that how the locals maintained its rustic feels and only did subtle changes. It feels like i’m in another era while exploring the church.
Here’s late president Ferdinand Marcos’ birthplace and the house that he grew up in. Basically, it’s a two storey house that I totally dig! From wood furniture to bricks as their walling, I personally am in awe of yesteryears architecture! Many thumbs up. Upon entering the house, a few local teenagers working on a summer for the municipality will give you on what’s, who’s and where’s about the house. From trivias to just the history of the said house. P.S. They give you tons of infos about this humble abode.
Here’s a reenactment of Ferdinand Marcos when he was at a very young age. Well, he topped the BAR exam so I guess for aspiring lawyers out there, you better start the studying ‘cause according to the guide, as early as 5 years old Marcos is studying his butt out! Can’t imagine myself doing that tho haha when I was 5 the only thing I did was to draw. Kudos to Marcos’ Mom for pushing him to his limits! Here under are some of the few awards of Marcos that he gained all throughout his student years.
There you go! I’m gonna leave you with Sarrat for another lengthy post on the next post. After Sarrat we decided to all the way to Pagudpud since we want to maximize our time by going first to the farthest part of luzon and travel all the way down back to Vigan! See you in my next post 🙂