Agoo, La Union
The church of Our Lady of Charity, also known as Agoo Basilica, was founded in 1578 by Franciscan Friars when it was still a part of Pangasinan. The Original Church was built using Bamboo and Nipa. Destroyed during the 1592 Earthquake, the Original Church was built in Barangay Nagrugcan.
The Church was Destroyed by the 1892 Earthquake and repaired in 1893 under the supervision of Fr. Aquilino Garcia. The present Church was designed by Architect Ignacio Palma Bautista. The image of Our Lady . . . .
Marvel at some extraordinary caves at the islands of Alaminos, Pangasinan which many scientists believed echo the underlying evolutionary processes that until these times create a dazzling and mesmering aura of a breathing earth. Today, up to ten caves have been identified and some were named based on some myths, legends and the stone formation. Alama, Nalsoc , Simmimbahan , Milagrosa , Cuenco , Cathedral , Century , Quirino , and Virgin Cave are just some of the named caves often. . . .
Sudipen, La Union
Amburayan River which serves as natural boundary of Ilocos Sur and La Union holds a great significance to the indigenous people of Ilocos and Benguet. The river's head is found in the lower parts of Kibungan, Benguet and runs across the valleys of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur reaching the South China Sea marking its boundary to its neighbor province La Union. It provides living for the people and plays an important role to the land's agriculture but can be very destructive after a heavy rainfal. . . .
Located within the municipality of Sison, Antong Falls is a nice place to visit if you love cool and crystal-clear waters. The falls cascades down a basin on a mountainside overlooking verdant scenery of forest covers and rice fields. Antong Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls, the upper cascades of these waterfalls is called Limmingaling Falls. The place is open from 6 am to 5 pm. Spending a night in the place is prohibited.
An entrance fee of 10 pesos per head is being colle. . . .
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
The Archbishop's Palace (or the Palacio del Arzopispado), adjacent to St Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral and facing Plaza Salcedo, was finished in 1783 (it took seven years to build). Its interesting architectural features include sliding capiz shell windows, cut-out decorations with flower motifs, and a garden. This building miraculously survived the destruction brought by the Second World War and it is the only surviving example of an 18th century archbishop's palace in the Ph. . . .
Sigay, Ilocos Sur
Getting there is an adventure itself, walking through some bushes and springs, ascend and descend for a seemingly endless uphill and downhill walk as if going down to the center of the earth, voices even echoed like being in an inside of a wide well; at the end of the journey the waterfall serves as the prize of the long trek.
The tallest waterfall in Ilocos Region, Aw-asen Falls, is located in Sto. Rosario, Sigay, Ilocos Sur. The area of the falls is remote that keeps the place away from p. . . .
Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
Bacarra Domeless Tower is a 50 meter belfry and was built in 1830 but was damaged in 1931 due to an earthquake. Another strong earthquake (7.8 intensity) in 1983 caused its dome totally down thus gaining the romanticized title “Dignified Domeless Belltower in Asia.”
Bacarra is a town adjacent to Laoag City. It is just 15 mins away. Near the ruins of the Bacarra tower is Museo de Bacarra where it houses many artifacts.
Santol, La Union
Trekking and swimming adventures await you at the Balay Anito Falls in La Union. The pristine basin where the crystal clear waters cascade is surrounded by a lush rainforest you thought you can only see in exotic vacation literature. But a refreshing dip in this beautiful, invigorating pool comes with an exciting challenge: the steep rocky terrain you have to traverse where the only available support is the exposed and scattered tree roots. Talk about a well-deserved swim after a thrilling de. . . .
Located in Barangay Salindeg, Vigan City is a mini-zoo owned by Gov. Chavit Singson where his private collection of exotic animals endemic to the Philippines and other animals from all around the world is open for public with free admission.
For animal-lovers, the place offers a close-up encounter with the animals wherein you can touch them, feed them, ride and carry them for picture taking unlike other zoos. Some of the animals displayed are lions, tigers, deer, llamas, and other land anim. . . .
Luna, La Union
Along the seashore of the town of Luna, formerly called Namacpacan and now named after one of the town’s famous sons, Gen. Antonio Luna and Juan Luna, stands the Spanish baluarte or watchtower, which is said to be about 400 years old – one of the historical landmarks that denote La Union’s rich history. This tower was constructed on a hill overlooking an old harbour and the surrounding bay. Merchant ships hailing from China and later from Spain and the rest of Europe were constantly o. . . .
Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Bantay, Ilocos Sur
A ten to fifteen-minute kalesa ride from Calle Crisologo in the city of Vigan is the historic Bantay Belfry also known as Bantay Bell Tower which sits on a hilltop overlooking a green pasture and the province of Abra, some even claim that most of Ilocos Sur can be seen from the tower. To enjoy the panoramic view of the land, flights of stairs must be climbed to access the entrance of the tower’s base guarded by a small gate; tourists are greeted by a huge, old bell upon reaching the t. . . .
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