Heading north? Ilocos Norte is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or for taking a break from the bustling city of Manila. My adventure to the northern tip of the Philippines was one of the unforgettable trips I did last year. I also promised myself to see more of the Philippines and Ilocos did not disappoint. The province is known for some of the Philippines’ popular spots and even a UNESCO World Heritage church. After spending some rainy days in the historical city of Vigan, we toured northern Ilocos (Ilocos Norte) and visited Burgos, Pagudpud, and Paoay. All are just too scenic and offer attractions unique to its municipality. Check out my set of photos below from my trip to the Ilocos region of the Philippines!
I have always dreamed of Manila as a modern destination with luxury casino resorts and iconic hotels situated right next to each other similar to Macau and Singapore. With the development of Entertainment City (Manila’s new entertainment complex facing Manila bay and just a few minutes away from the airport), my dream of a modern Manila is finally becoming a reality. This year, a new integrated resort has opened in Entertainment City – Okada Manila. Dubbed as Manila’s biggest and most lavish integrated resort, Okada Manila is carved in over 40 hectares of picturesque oceanfront and has been making headlines when it unveiled The Fountain – the world’s largest multicolored dancing water fountain. I’ve been following the development of the resort ever since and I am so thrilled to be the one of the first guests to finally experience what Okada Manila has to offer!
The historic city of Vigan in Ilocos is one of the unique destinations in the Philippines that I have always wanted to visit. From its heritage houses to mouthwatering Ilocano staples such as Empanada and Bagnet, this UNESCO World Heritage site indeed has its solitary charm. Walking along the famous Calle Crisologo during the golden hour is just amazing wherein the cobblestone street, with colonial houses and street lamps lined up on both sides, illuminates – transforming into a dreamlike setting in the 16th century.
A few weeks ago, I went on an adventure north of the Philippines and explored the historic region of Ilocos. Staying in Vigan seems to be the practical choice when visiting Ilocos Sur and even planning day trips to the nearby Laoag and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. I stayed at Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel Resort and Spa in Bantay, Metro Vigan and I actually like how modern the hotel is. It gives off a luxurious experience compared to other hotels in Vigan as most accommodations tend to lean on the old vibe of the historic city.
El Nido is the gateway to the beautiful islands of Bacuit archipelago. Checking out some its most famous limestone islands in a day or two is quite an overwhelming experience. I was already blown away with its hidden beaches and waterfalls for my first day in the world’s most beautiful island, which is why my expectations for the Bacuit island hopping tours were so high and it truly did not disappoint. With more than 40 beautiful limestone islands of different sizes to choose from, the Bacuit archipelago is the main reason why Palawan is making headlines with travelers from all over the world caling it a paradise on earth. I was also looking forward to seeing the Bacuit archipelago as it’s in my Ultimate Travelist Project! Yes, I finally added an entry for the Philippines!