TheCebuano in Ilocos: 10 Good Reasons to Escape to the North!
Cebuano history buffs, adventure lovers, and foodies are in for a treat because the Ilocos Region is now more accessible! Thanks to new direct flights from Cebu to Laoag, the region is now closer and easier to reach than ever. So, let go of your worries, pack your bags, and discover 10 amazing reasons why Ilocos should be your next escape.
Are you all set? Let’s go!
Dive into the Past: Explore Gorgeous Historical Sites
Step back in time and wander through Vigan’s streets lined with Spanish-era houses. You can also visit well-preserved structures like the Paoay Church which is a stunning example of “Earthquake Baroque” architecture. If that’s not enough, you can get a more intimate look at Ilocano history at the Balay San Nicolas ancestral mansion and the Museo Ilocos Norte.
Go Church-Hopping: Marvel at Age-Old Gems of Ilocos
Like Cebu, Ilocos is a haven for church enthusiasts. Be sure to check out the stunning beauty of Laoag Church and its leaning (and sinking) bell tower. You can also discover the centuries-old Santa Monica Church in Sarrat which is known for its awesome stonework and frescoes. Also, be sure not to miss the Minor Basilica of St. John de Baptist in Badoc, a well-known pilgrim site in Ilocos.
Unleash the Adventurer in You: Conquer the Sand Dunes on a 4×4
Experience the thrill of riding a 4×4 vehicle through the vast and majestic sand dunes of Paoay. You can scream your lungs out as your vehicle quickly climbs and descends the ever-changing slopes. Then, you can take a quick moment to quietly enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape. This unique adventure is sure to leave you with tons of unforgettable memories.
A Culinary Feast: Try the Iconic Ilocos Empanadas
No Ilocos trip is complete without sampling the famous Ilocos empanadas. This delicious pastry, which is filled with meat, vegetables, and spices, is a local favorite and a must-try for any foodie. Be sure to try the Vigan empanada; it goes well with both ketchup and vinegar. And don’t forget to check out the Batac empanada, too! We’re sure you’re going to love it!
The Future of Energy: Visit the Burgos Wind Farm
Stand tall before the gigantic wind turbines harnessing renewable energy at the Burgos Wind Farm. There, you can learn about the importance of sustainable energy practices and enjoy panoramic views of the rolling hills and the vast coastline of Burgos. Most importantly, be sure to have your cameras ready. You surely wouldn’t want to leave without a selfie or two!
Home of Legends: Retrace the Steps of Famous Ilocanos
Ilocos is the birthplace of several notable Filipinos. During your visit, you can pay homage to celebrated artist Juan Luna and his brother Antonio Luna at their ancestral home-turned-museum. You can also learn about the legacies of former Philippine presidents at the Malacanan of the North. By the end of your trip, you’ll feel inspired by the achievements of these figures.
Old Meets New: A Unique Blend in Ilocos
Just like Cebu, Ilocos has managed to blend its rich history with modern touches. In Ilocos, you can witness beautifully restored heritage sites alongside charming cafes and trendy shops. You can even enjoy a kalesa ride through cobbled streets, then relax in a modern hotel with stunning views. This unique blend of old and new makes for a truly memorable experience.
A Foodie’s Paradise: Sampling Authentic Ilocano Cuisine
Reward your Cebuano taste buds with unforgettable Ilocano cuisine. Not to be missed are the bagnet (deep-fried pork belly), pinakbet (vegetable stew), and poqui poqui (stir-fried eggplant). Also, be sure to try local delicacies like the inatata (grilled tuna) and the well-loved Ilocos longganisa (sausage).
The Warmth of the North: Meet Friendly Locals
Just like Cebuanos, Ilocanos are known for their warm hospitality and friendly smiles. So, wherever you go, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with locals and know about their culture and traditions. That’s learning straight from an Ilocano! Their genuine warmth will make you feel right at home in their beautiful region.
Just a Flight Away: Ilocos in Under 2 Hours!
Thanks to the new direct flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebuanos can now reach the Ilocos Region in less than 2 hours! This effectively eliminates the long travel time and opens up a world of possibilities for Cebuano wanderlusts. A quick weekend getaway or a longer exploration? You decide!
So, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to embrace the spirit of adventure and discover the magic of the Ilocos Region! Book a flight today!