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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ilocos Road Trip: A Gallivanting Through Time (part 4)

After hours of sleep, I finally recharge my self and ready for new adventure.

Still heading towards north, Ilocos road still keep me wanting to drive it through it’s tourist places. We have visited a lot yesterday, and there are more beautiful places to go up north. But before leaving Laoag City, make sure to visit also their historical landmarks that  truly write Ilocano’s history to the books.

Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

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Located along the busiest street of Laoag City, the bell tower is believed to be the tallest bell tower in the country which is standing  45 meters tall. It is also believed to be sinking inch by inch every year because of it’s sandy foundation and it is also leaning slightly to the north making it the Leaning Tower of the Philippines. The bell tower door is already closed for tourist for safety reason, because it is slowly sinking, the door is already sunk halfway from its original height which can accommodate a man seated at a horse’s back during the early times.

St. William’s Cathedral, Laoag City

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One of the biggest in the country and is the seat of the Diocese of Laoag. History called it the only remaining Catholic Church that stood still during the Philippine Independent Church’s rampant dominion in all of Ilocos Norte at the time.

Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Laoag City


The obelisk of clay and brick found at the foot of the Marcos Bridge symbolizes the end of the tobacco monopoly. Tobacco Monopoly at the time forced the Filipino to plant Tobacco to earn their quota and compelled them to produce more than what their piece of land could yield. Ilocanos stage an uprising over the injustice which later forced the Spanish Colonial Government lifted the monopoly on December 3, 1882.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Burgos

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Was established during Spanish colonial period to serve as guide to early galleons sued to sail by. Still functional as of today to guide the international ships and as also a welcoming beacon for ships entering the Philippines. This is the highest elevated original Spanish era lighthouse but technically not the highest elevated among other light house in existence as of today.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte


Translated from Ilocano as white rock formations created by forces of the ocean. Typically Burgos rocks are black, acute, cuspidate but Kapurpurawan is different and special.

Bangui Wind Farm


Since Philippines is located in Asia-Pacific Monsoon belt, it is ideal for installing wind turbines. One of the best place to build as such is in the municipality of Bangui in Ilocos Norte because the site is free of any trees, vegetation, and most of its area is undeveloped and uninhabited.  It’s in 2005 when the first phase of the project was inaugurated carrying a total of 33 Megawatts of electricity. More project is expected to develop and more turbines will be erected to produce double of its capacity.