Ilocos Norte is a province found in the northern part of the country. Its capital is Laoag City. The province is known as the birthplace of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. who was dubbed as the dictator during his reign. It is a paradise for the Ilocanos because of the natural resources that it features. It has a beautiful landscape with green mountains and clean rivers and beaches which really promote the tourism industry of the province. The people of Ilocos Norte are lucky enough to breath in fresh air. Most of its people are into agriculture. It’s the main source of livelihood.
When going there, you have to pass through the provinces of Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur. It’s a 12-hour drive from Manila. You can also get there by plane if you don’t want to experience the long drive. You can be there in 45 minutes if you opt to travel by plane.
The province of Ilocos Norte is composed of 22 municipalities namely: Pagudpud, Bangui, Adams, Dumalneg, Burgos, Pasuquin, Bacarra, San Nicolas, Vintar, Batac, Paoay, Currimao, Pinili, Badoc, Sarrat, Piddig, Carasi, Dingras, Banna, Marcos, Nueva Era, and Solsona.
Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots
Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel: The beautiful resort is located in Bgy. 37, Calayab,LaoagCity. It is the only five-star hotel in the north and its buildings are inspired by Spanish colonial architecture. The guest rooms are equipped with good facilities plus balconies that offer a panoramic view of the sea. It features restaurants, shopping arcade, casino, ym and sauna, swimming pools, driving range, tennis court, badminton court, golf course, function rooms, and many more. If you can’t afford to stay here, don’t worry because there are other good hotels downtown.
Malacanang of the North: The building was built as the official residence of the President Marcos in theprovince ofIlocos Norte. The place offers a panoramic view of the legendaryPaoayLake. It is equipped with bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, an office, a ballroom area, and a swimming pool. The palace has been converted into a museum which is open to visitors.
Salt Making in Pasuquin: Witness how the finest salt in thePhilippines is made by the residents of themunicipality ofPasuquin. The salt is cooked in large vats in huts. It’s really a good experience to see how it is done.
Beach Resorts in Pagudpud: Pagudpud is hailed as the Boracay of the North because of its sand. There are beautiful beach resorts in the town which include Pannzian Beach Resort, Saud Beach Resort, Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center, and Villa del Mar Beach Resort.
Playa Tropical Resort in Currimao: The resort is very young but it has been gaining praises because of itsBali inspired architectural design. This is one of the new hot vacation spots in the province. It is really a lovely place.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse: The lighthouse is considered the highest lighthouse in the country. It is used to send out signals to ships passing by the Cape facing the northern portion ofSouth China Sea.
Paoay Church: It features a unique combination of Gothic, Oriental, and Baroque. It is actually included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Bangui Wind Farm: It features windmills that help generate energy. It is actually the first wind power plant in thePhilippines and inSoutheast Asia. It provides 40% of the power requirement of the province.
Don’t forget your camera when you visit the places so that you will be able to capture some proofs that the world we live in is really a wonderful place. Enjoy Ilocos Norte!