Travels, Ilocos Norte Province

Ilocos Series: Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation, Bangui Wind Farm, and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

These places have been heavily featured in Erich Gonzales’ movie Suddenly It’s Magic after I have already been there. So imagine my excitement when, in vivid pictures, I can recall these places while watching the movie.

Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Pagudpud Ilocos Norte

Kuya Jayson  (his number   09186872603), the accredited “traysi-tour” guide I hired, was already waiting outside my room at Kingfisher Resort at 8am. He wanted the trip to start early since I booked him for North and Sourth tour at PhP1200. This blog talks about the north tour.

We started off at Bangui, where the famous Bangui windmills are found. It supplies electricity to the said town, but is a private entity (a newer wind farm started operating in Pagudpud in 2014).

Bangui, Ilocos Norte - the strong waves of the
Bangui, Ilocos Norte – the strong waves of the “no-swimming” area

The waves in Bangui were really roaring, and I can’t help but frolic and feel like a kid again. The Bangui Wind Farm utilizes 20 units of 70-meter windmills, all facing the South China Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangui_Wind_Farm).

Bangui Wind Mills, Ilocos Norte
Bangui Wind Mills, Ilocos Norte

After the windmills, we headed to Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation in the nearby town of Burgos. A little hike would lead you to a really good place for a pre-nup shoot.

Hiking to Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
Hiking to Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
Back portion of the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation, Ilocos Norte
Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation, Ilocos Norte

Even if it drizzled while we were there, we stayed for a bit and marveled at how the ocean waves dramatically hit the rocks.  It was awe-inspiring to say the least.

View from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte
View from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos Norte

Next we went up to the Burgos Lighthouse (aka Cape Bojeador Lighthouse) where the captivating view of the ocean can be appreciated.

Cape Bojeador Light House in Ilocos Norte
Cape Bojeador Light House in Ilocos Norte

The Burgos Lighthouse is the northernmost lighthouse of Luzon which stands 65 feet tall and was first lit on March 30, 1892. It was declared as a National Historical Landmark on August 13, 2004 and a National Cultural Treasure on June 20, 2005 by the Philippine Government (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgos_Lighthouse)

View from the Top of the Burgos Lighthouse, Ilocos Norte
View from the Top of the Burgos Lighthouse, Burgos, Ilocos Norte

The first half of the tour took half the day and Jayson and I stopped for lunch. There’s too many things to see in Ilocos Norte, and I haven’t even seen the rest of Pagudpud yet. The long hours of sitting my ass off in the bus was totally worth it.

Meanwhile, watch out for the “south tour” for some falls, viaduct, more rocks and seascape feast!

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