Archive for the ‘Tourists Destinations In Region I’ Category
- Calle Crisologo – Located at the heart of the Meztizo district, this cobblestone street is lined on both sides by centuries-old houses. The ground floors are converted to stores and souvenir shops.
- St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral – This church has three naves, altars, and a choir loft. The Augustinians built this majestic church in 1790-1800 in a unique “Earthquake Baroque” architecture. The octagonal belfry is located 10 meters south of the cathedral.
Museo San Pablo – The museum complex, named in St. Paul’s honor, is Vigan City’s newest addition to its list of places to see. Situated within the Metropolitan Cathedral, it is committed to conservation through a distinct faith-culture approach.
- Arzobispado (Archbishop’s Palace) – The only surviving 18th century arzobispado in the country, the palace served as headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898. Its Museo Nueva Segovia showcases ecclesiastical artifacts gathered from churches all over Ilocos Sur.
- Plaza Salcedo – The elevated elliptical plaza west of the cathedral features the 17th century Juan de Salcedo Monument, the oldest of its kind in Northern Luzon.
- Burgos National Museum – The ancestral house of Padre Jose Burgos has an excellent exhibit of archeological and ethnographic treasures, antiques and amazing artifacts.
- Simbaan a Bassit – At the end of Vigan’s Quezon Avenue stands this cemetery chapel. Historian Alberto Lacsamana writes that the “uniqueness of the chapel lies in its being the only one in the region having an espadaña hung with bells.”
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse – This lighthouse is located 45 kilometers north of Laoag City. It was built in 1892 on a high point of land projecting into the sea. Overlooking the northern portion of the SOuth China Sea, it sends signals to ships passing by the Cape until today.
- Paoay Church – The Paoay Church is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. To see this majestic structure with its unusual mix of architetural influences (Gothic Baroque and Oriental) is an overwhelming experience. The church was completed in the late 1890’s. The coral stone bell tower beside the church was used as an observation post of the Katipuneros during Philippine Revolution.
- St. William’s Cathedral – The church was built in 1612 inspired by the italian faced held by tour pairs of coupled columns. The Augustinians built the church.
- Sta. Monica Church – Sitting approximately seven kilometers east of Laoag is the Sta.Monica Church. It was built facing the Sarrat river. This structure was inspired by Neo-Classical and Baroque architecture.
- Sinking Bell Tower – One of the must-see attractions in the city of Laoag, the Sinking Bell Tower is located more than 90 meters away from St. William’s Cathedral.
- Juan Luna Shrine – The Juan Luna Shrine is located in Badoc. It is a repository of the Luna family memorabilia.The paintings of Juan Luna are exhibited, including a reproduction of the Spoliarium.
- Malacañang of the North – Malacañang of the North is situated overlooking the legendary Paoay Lake. It was built as the official residence of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
- Pasuquin Cave – Explore the Pasuquin Cave, which is 45 minutes from the town proper through a dirt road. A permit from mayor’s office must be secured before going.
Location: Brgy. Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan
250 kms. from Manila
This National Park covers a land area of 1,844 hectares with 123 islands. However, only 3 islands have been developed for tourism namely: Governor, Quezon and Children’s Islands.
From Lucap, one takes a boatride to any of these islands: Governor’s Island (20 mins), Children’s Island (25 mins), or Quezon Island (30 mins). Boats are privately-operated.
Of the 3 islands, only the Governor’s Island keeps a Guesthouse which is ideal for family use. It has 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, comfort room/bath and kitchen. Linens, water (1 drum), light, electric fans, dining and cooking utensils/equipments are provided for.
The bahay kubos and mini pavilion at Children’s Island are for budget travelers as it consists only of screened bedrooms with fresh water and linens. Kerosene lighting is provided for after 12 midnight. Common areas are provided for dining and cooking. Tiolets/bathrooms are also communal.
Quezon Island which is for picnickers and campers has a pavilion complete with picnic tables.
3 Aircon rooms for 3 pax
1 Non-aircon room for2 pax
2 Family Aircon Rooms for 7 pax
Guesthouse 2 fan rooms (2 single trundle beds/room – 6 to 8 pax)
2 Bahay Kubos
2 Twin-bedded rooms
1 Duplex Kubo
2 Twin-bedded rooms
Pavilions (Quezon Island) w/ comfort rooms
Picnic tables/sheds (all island)