Thursday, January 08, 2009

Pagudpud, Vigan and other related adventures

As mentioned in my last post, me and my family, my girlfriend, my sister's boyfriend, and my grandmom all went to Pagudpud for the long holiday. Pagudpud can be found at the northernmost tip of the Philippines' biggest island, Luzon. Click here for some more info about Pagudpud.

Northbound to Vigan

We left Manila very early on the 26th (around 3am was it? I hardly remember because I was really out of it that night!) and took almost the whole day to get there (including stopovers!)

We stopped by for lunch at Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur, famous for "its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine building design, and construction with colonial European architecture." (Wiki)

Lunch was at Cafe Leona, where the food was quite good, actually. True blue Filipino cuisine. Cafe Leona was named after world renowned poet, writer and playwright Leona Florentino who hails from Ilocos Sur.

The Bangui Windfarm

Another one of the pitstops we took was for to take quick photos of the windfarm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. The sun was setting fast and we wouldn't be able to take photos if we waited. Luckily we found a great place and got these cool photos.

The view was really awesome! (And yeah! Clean energy!) In the photo are 2 Mechanical Engineers (one is the other's son).

Pagudpud Beach

We finally got to the beach after about an hour or so more (and after getting lost!). We had dinner at the resort we were staying at (the food wasn't that great) and went straight to the dark evening beach to get a preview.

The sand was white and clean, and the waves strong. My younger sister couldn't wait to get a feel of the water so she stood on the beach and watched the waves break and the water go past her feet. When you stare as the water rushed back to the sea, you always get this feeling that you're getting pulled in. It's scary and exhilirating at the same time.

Despite the long drive and the gloomy weather the previous night, we were all greeted by sun! sun! sun! the next day. The beach was white and clean, not crowded at all. We spent the whole morning relaxing on the beach, my dad even got a hammock and stared out into the sea.

After lunch, we went looking for a place to get a massage, but couldn't find one. They said you'd have to call somebody from town to give a massage, and it would cost like 500 pesos. Expensive! So we just decided we'd just bury me in the sand and duel with the Pagudpud waves.

Pagudpud War of the Waves

We waged war against the waves, but lost, so we retired and just enjoyed the sunset. We retired early (also because there was nothing much to do at night there) and got up early the next day to say byebye to the beach go to Cagayan.

On the way to Cagayan, we stopped several more times, first to see another beach surfing site, then at a waterfalls beside the highway (to clean the windshield too!), then at the site of a Hydroelectric power plant that my dad helped build when he was still working with AG&P, and finally at Solomon's Hotel, a new hotel near Magapit Bridge that is owned by Tatay's former colleague.

We visited relatives in Lal-lo, Cagayan and stayed overnight before the looong drive back to Manila.

Click here to see more photos from our Pagudpud adventure...


  1. Thanks 4 stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Many years ago I worked with a few people who spoke fondly of the Phillipines and missing their home and people.

    The food I tried was very good, although most of these guys always brought those rolls (can't remember what they are called).

    Your photos look peaceful.

    Thanks for sharing.


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  4. HI george! I can't seem to be able to leave a comment on your blog so hopefully you come back here to read this. Thanks for the visit & the follow. ;)

  5. I came across your blog and its great. Well Pagudpud is a nice place to spend vacation. It is also one of the surfing destination sites of our country. Unfortunately I haven't written any article about this magnificent place. Nice pictures also

    Maybe you can also visit my blog It has lots of beach resorts, hotels and tourist attraction in there.

    Best regards,


  6. Hi Benedict! Thanks for the visit.
    Yep, I love traveling too!
    So far have been to 16 countries and all over the Pinas.
    I’m trying to set up my Travel Blog Log too on my blog. :D

    Pagudpud was awesome!