Here I go to uncover a new destination – The Philippines.
As I go through my expedition, I would like to take you with me to know the insights of the places that I am about to discover.
A few weeks ago, I had no plans beyond my trip today, Most of it has already been booked, transportation-wise, so there’s not a lot of wiggle room. And believe it or not, this is all going to take place over a very busy 10 days period!
So my invigorating journey starts from PAGUDPUD, located in the northern part of the country in the Ilocos Norte province.
Pagudpud a sleepy coastal town is known for its beautiful Stretches of white sand lined with coconut trees and crystal-blue water. Pagudpud is often referred by the Kabayans (Filipinos) as the Boracay of the north. Will be doing a home-stay in here to blend with the local people and to get a taste of what is awaiting for me on the rest of the road.
My next stop would be BANGUI located 16.1 KMs to the south of Pagudpud, The first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia, commonly known as Bangui Wind Farm, is found in the municipality of Bangui.
As the road leads me south wards I am going to stop by the VIGAN CITY, 143 Kms. South of Bangui. Vigan is a blue eyed baby of the trip. Recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site, the historic town of Vigan was established in the 16th century, Vigan is known to be the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture is said to be reflecting the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and towns-cape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. In my belief, Vigan could be quite identical to Paraty in Brazil.
As I descend southwards, I am planning to stop by the well known touristic region BAGUIO located 196Kms south of Vigan, known for its heritage zone, natural beauty and the infamously haunted Old Diplomat Hotel. A trip to Baguio is going to be a nerve shattering experience.
A steep 206kms drive uphill from Baguio, BANAUE would be my next stop, known for its 2000 years old rice terraces, those were carved into the mountain of Ifugao, it’s often referred to as the “Eight wonder of the world”. However I am still counting on the Rain God to have a permissible weather to let me explore this majestic place.
And finally a 371 Kms. southward descend is going to lead me to my last stop of the country and the capital city – MANILA. I have the feeling I’m going to love this city. Rough and young and with a party around every corner
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