Last week, me and my brothers along with friends Demz, Chy, Sherron, and my inaanak Kurt invaded a part of Ilocos Sur. It was a getaway that’s a year in the making. I have been going out of town with this specific group of friends every year, during Holy Week to be more specific, for a summer trip. We are, I think, about five or six years in the running, and this year has got to be our grandest ever. I actually had some budget constraints, especially that my brothers are joining, but that didn’t stop us to explore anew. So off we went to a small town in the southern part of Ilocos called Candon one early Friday morning. It was a long 8 to 9 hour drive from Manila, that’s why we made it a point to leave very early at around past 3AM. We arrived there an hour past lunch time, then settled in to Demz’s aunt’s place. After a couple of hours, first thing we tried was the beach. Yes, we are that excited! We tried the Sabangan beach in the city of Santiago.
The next day, and I gotta say this is our vacation’s highlight, we went to Vigan City. Vigan is a popular town because it is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. Although it was a long two-hour drive from Candon, it was all worth it. I guess I will just let the photos speak for themselves:
Of course we didn’t let the morning pass without trying the town’s famous empanada. And true enough, it was delicious! Definitely a must try! Too bad we didn’t get to try the royal bibingka.
After strolling some more, we then went to Baluarte. It’s a zoo of some sort, owned by the Singsons. Good thing going there is for free, so we also tried it.
After having a grand time, we had lunch at the plaza. And what else is there to try but the town’s, yet again, famous bagnet! Paired with pinakbet, it’s a match made in heaven. Although I know bagnet itself is not for everyday consumption, we just couldn’t help ourselves but devour with the fat-laden treat. It’s just for a day, anyway. I also bought, again, the famous Vigan longanisa for pasalubong.
The next day was spent in the city of Santa Cruz for the first death anniversary of Demz’s mom. Aside from our summer getaway, that’s the main reason why we went to Ilocos. We had a swell time preparing food for the visitors!
Our last day was spent, once again, at the beach. This time we went to Dalapiran, just a few minutes away from Candon. We enjoyed the big waves! Admittedly, it was better than our first beach experience. All because of the waves. Such a great way to cap off our getaway.
iSur. Trademark patented.
And here’s a parting jump shot I took. Although Sherron and Kurt failed this one haha!
Indeed, it was such a trip to remember. Despite my budget constraints, I managed to survive the whole three days 🙂 I just wish Mom was with us. But I am pretty sure she’d join us next time we’ll have enough money. Anyway, I am also positive that someday I’ll be back in Ilocos. Hopefully this year again, in Pagudpud. I would love to go there. So suffice it to say, we enjoyed our Ilocos invasion! Thank you Demz, Chy, Sherron, tito Jetro, and Kurt for a wonderful experience! Until next time! 🙂