Pagudpud Escapade

March 2012

At the famed Bangui Windmills

At the famed Bangui Windmills

On the second day of our Ilocos tour, we left Vigan on a gloomy weather. Halfway through our trip, the sun was shining in Laoag. It was a confused weather. I was getting worried since the rain might cancel our Pagudpud tour.

After two hours, we arrived at the bus station in Laoag. It was another two-hour travel in a non-aircon bus going to Pagudpud. On our way, we passed by the Burgos town where the Burgos Lighthouse is located and the Bangui Windmills. Seeing the huge windmills blew me away. It was indeed a feast for the eyes. Unfortunately, we had to go to the Pagudpud town proper first to meet our tour guide.

We arrrived at the Pagudpud townhall where our tour guide, Kuya Angel picked us up with his trike. It was already drizzling so we decided to check in first to our resort and have lunch.

Note: Kuya Angel is Mang Arnel’s nephew (one of the most popular tourist guides in Ilocos). You may call them for reservations and book them early as they are really in demand. The North and South Tour cost Php1500 each – 09069388308

Arnel Aguila – 0926880666 

Kuya Arnel's trike

Kuya Arnel’s trike

During our 2 days in Pagudpud, we stayed at the Pagudpud Rinnovati. It was a nice and humble resort that looked like an apartment. It is situated a few minutes from the beach. Our room was relatively big with 2 double beds, private bathroom, aircondition, tv and shared dining area and refrigerator. The rooms were new and the staff were very nice. They even allowed us to extend for an hour. There was a common kitchen where you can cook your own food as well as free hot and cold water.

The rain that afternoon was non-stop so we decided to skip the South tour. We just went to the Emohruo Restaurant beside the beach. After lunch, we went back to our room to rest from the 4-hour trip from Vigan to Pagudpud.

By mid afternoon, we left our room to check out the Saud beach. It was walking distance from our resort. The beach wasn’t calm that day due to the rain. I did not dare to swim anymore. I just enjoyed the sand and the view. It was a long stretch of fine sand and we were lucky because the Goin’ Bulilit Kids were shooting scenes that day so we got to watch them.

Saud Beach after the rain

Saud Beach after the rain

Going Bulilit Kids at Saud Beach

Going Bulilit Kids at Saud Beach

Later that night, we had dinner again at the Emohruo Restaurant where we orderd sinignang. The servings were actually huge and generous.

The next morning, it was still raining but we decided to continue with our trip. I didn’t want to go back to Manila without seeing the sites that made Pagudpud a popular tourist destination. So we had 4 hours to complete the North and South tour. That’s a pretty short time if you want to take lots of photos. The North and South tour should actually be done for one whole day.

We agreed to do the North Tour first where we visited the famed Patapat Viaduct, Agua Grande and Paraiso ni Juan. It was a long and bumpy travel from our resort but the view of the mountains and ocean took our tiredness away.

Patapat Viaduct

Patapat Viaduct

Agua Grande

Agua Grande

We also went to the Kapuluan/Blue Lagoon beach which is known for its white sand and huge waves that are great for surfing adventures.

Hannah's Resort from afar

Hannah’s Resort from afar

Kapuluan Beach

Kapuluan Beach

We also passed by the Dos Hermanos Islands which are two islands near the Blue Lagoon Beach;  the Timmangtang Rock Formation which looks like a misplaced hill; and Bantay Abot Cave where you can see the opposite side of the cave.

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Timmangtang rock formation

Timmangtang rock formation

Bantay Abot Cave

Bantay Abot Cave

Kuya Angel was also nice to show us the spot where the teleserye Walang Hanggang was taken. Hehe

Buron (ni Coco Martin)

Burol (ni Coco Martin)

Then we head on straight to the South Tour. We were really pressed on time so our stopovers were quick. We had few snapshots at the Pagudpud Arch then we went to the Bangui Windmills.

Pagudpud Arch

Pagudpud Arch

The Bangui Windmills is known not just as a source of energy in Pagudpud but as well as a tourist destination. I just marveled at these huge windmilss lining at the shore. There were a couple of souvenir stalls and carinderias as well.

Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills

For our last destination, we went to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. We had to walk from the drop off point to the site to marvel the beauty of this rock formation. It was like sand formed into a ship. According to Kuya Angel, there were movie scenes shot in that location.

Trek to Kapurpurawan

Trek to Kapurpurawan

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

I would really love to visit the Burgos Lighthouse, however we needed to go back to our guesthouse to check out. Buses with route Laoag-Pagudpud and vice versa are only until 2pm so we had to catch the last trip.

We enjoyed the rest of the day in Laoag. We went to the public market to buy Laoag longganisa which is very different from the ones they serve in Vigan then rode a trike to the airport.

2 thoughts on “Pagudpud Escapade

  1. A trip to Ilocos is always epic, especially for a Manila girl, like me. We had a slightly different itinerary, and I didn’t get to see the Kapurpurawan rock formations. Thanks for sharing your trip!

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