Well first, welcome to my new home! 😀 Still getting a hang of WordPress so sorry it’s all over the place. I guess this is sleeker and simpler and much more organized than my Tumblr, what do you guys think 🙂
Anyways, here we go for my first post here! This is months overdue, though.
Summer came in a little early for us. I together with my fam bam and relatives went to Ilocos for a mini family reunion last February. After a long drive, not to mention a handful of stopovers, we were welcomed by the beautiful shore of San Juan, Ilocos Sur!
We went to Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center at Batac, Ilocos Norte. It has anything and everything related to the former President. Also, the Center houses the famous Marcos remains. No pictures allowed in that area, though. But it’s really cold inside and kinda creepy.
The Paoay Church, which I said on my Instagram post, was picturesque. Just across was Herencia de Paoay, the home of Pinakbet Pizza. They also have Ilokandia Pizza, pizza topped with Vigan longganisa. It’s delicious indeed! 😀
And of course, got to try the easily delicious, authentic Ilocos Empanada!
We also brushed through Calle Crisologo.
Baluarte! The wiiiiiide and huuuuuge zoo is owned by Mr. Chavit Singson. Good news is it’s free! The Baluarte is home for ostriches, ducks, deer, lions and many more animals you won’t find in your local zoo.
We got to take a picture together with a tiger! 😛
Our last day was dedicated to the beach! We hopped to the reclusive Crisologo Island. It is owned by Crisologo’s thus, it was named after them. The island was supposed to be developed into a resort. Tourists and residents can camp by the island and enjoy it for free. 🙂
Ilocos is such a lovely province, not to mention it is tourist-friendly. Its streets tell stories of the past. Its delicacies mirrors the persevering community of long ago. And the place feels welcoming. I would love to go back and further explore this charm of the North! #BookIt 😉