A few things have changed since I first visited Ilocos Norte six years ago: There is now a huge ?Paoay? sign made of bricks in front of San Augustine aka Paoay Church, more buildings and roads are being built and cemented for the convenience of tourists, and the mausoleum that used to house the body of former President Ferdinand Marcos is now empty.
With all the infrastructure developments and the push to be more tourist-friendly, it was a relief that the food that the Ilocos region made famous still tastes as wonderful as they did back in 2011.
This June 2017 trip was a tad different to ...
One of the coastal towns of Ilocos Norte is a small and quiet municipality of Currimao. You'll definitely come across that town if taking an alternative route going to Paoay or Laoag. It's always been our path of choice since the day it was recommended by one of my friends. Aside from peaceful and smooth roads, motorists seldom passing there.
From the highway going to the town proper, lots of resorts are already lined up. To see what they offer (less entrance fees, hehe), we passed through a compound which leads to the beach.
Fishing is the common livelihood of the locals there, and the ...
The coastal town of Currimao celebrates Dinaklisan Festival on the last week of April til the first of May. Dinaklisan is an Iloko word means caught with a fish net. The festival showcases the traditional livelihood of the locals which is fishing.
This annual event is a thanksgiving celebration of the residents and fishermen with the bountiful harvest and safe voyage.
The highlight of the celebration is the Fluvial Parade held on May 1st. This is a tribute and thanksgiving to the town's patron saint, Nuestra Senora de la Paz or Our Lady of Peace and Safe Voyage.
Other activities are ...
The Amazing champion daw pangil in Dinaklisan Festival for the year 2009.
The endless scenery to photograph in Ilocos is unbelievable. Like this one in Barangay Pangil, Currimao. The huge coral formations at shore of the beach are just beautiful.
The rocks looks like it just pop up out of nowhere, and suddenly they're all there to impress. But if you're planning to go on top the corals, you better be wearing with you a thick slipper or much better a shoes, because it's very thorny and rough, and it cause serious trouble.
The weather momentarily cooperates with us as we took photos of this magnificent landscape. Because from the moment we woke up, and the time ...
I sat on the hull of the solitary banca that was docked on the shore. My toes were flirting with the gentle ripples of the sea curling up in the warm sand. Wafting the soft easterly winds on my face, the horizon's drama started to unfold. He held on tight to his might and battled with his enduring strength.
They chased each other behind the clouds leaving trails of bleeding reds and weakening blues. She unleashed her ultimate vigor and spewed the golden fire. Finally, he succumbed into his greatest defeat. Slowly, she blanketed the universe with her blazing victory. Darkness started to cre ...