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Baguio is one of the most walkable cities in the Philippines. The pedestrian-friendly sidewalks were wide, clean, safe, and most notably, didn’t suffer from the merciless tropical climate. I’ve always wanted to live in Baguio and escape the unbearable
My first visit to Baguio happened during an educational tour back in high school. It was eight years ago. We spent a week visiting many spots in Luzon. Although my memory of the trip had already become hazy, most of what I could recall were my experien
This is the do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary I took during my trip to Ilocos Sur for 2 days. My major destinations were Vigan and the towns of Bantay and Santa Maria. Arrived in Vigan from Laoag, Ilocos Norte by bus. Spent my few hours of remaining dayli
It was my second day in the Heritage City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. Having just arrived from a short side trip to the Santa Maria Church, I had the afternoon to have my tour of Vigan. There were a couple of options to go at it. I could go on the touristy
The Santa Maria Church was inscribed six years earlier than Vigan in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. It is grouped together with three other churches under the category of “Baroque Churches in the Philippines.” Having just seen photos of the San
It was my first morning in Vigan. I spent the night at Vigan Hotel, an old Spanish-colonial house turned budget hotel. Awakened to a bright sunny sky. Normally, I’d be really happy to be greeted by blue skies but I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping
It’s the seventh day on my trip across Northern Luzon and I’ve arrived in the World Heritage City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Vigan is one of those places that immediately enters my mind whenever I think about “Traveling in the Philippines.” It’s the pinnacl
The Malacanang of the North built at the shores of the Paoay Lake was one of my major destinations in Ilocos Norte. I spent half a day for this trip since it was a bit out of the way. The experience was well worth the effort though. Commuting to Paoay
Ilocos Norte is one of the places I wouldn’t dare leave without attempting a church hopping tour across its historic townscapes. I had a couple of hours left before sundown. Having just visited the grand Paoay Church, I decided to stop by Batac and San
If I were living in Manila and had a sudden urge to endure an butt numbing 8-hour bus, I could have already visited the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte … sadly it wasn’t the case. The most convenient way from Iloilo, my hometown, to this iconic church i

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