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Pilipinas, kaya natin 'to! VOTE VIGAN CITY! #New7Wonders CITIES

WHO'S BEHIND THE BLACK SAND MINING IN ILOCOS REGION? "Moving Heaven and Earth in search of huge profit"

Anakpawis Partylist had filed House Resolution 2203 urging Congress to investigate the impact of black sand (magnetite) mining in Northern Philippines to the environment and livelihood of the people living in the coastal areas where the mining operations are taking place.

Political Dynasty: Ilocos Sur Political Trend, Threatens Life and Dignity

Large scale corruption by elected officials, violence and harassment are the dominant features of the political landscape, exploiting and endangering the lives of the majority poor. Candidates of the 2010 elections shows a very disturbing and alarming political trend in Ilocos Sur. Political lordship has become a private property being inherited, passed on or transferred to every family member of a political clan. Worse is elective political position is turned into a family owned and cotrolled business, to the detriment of various families already wallowing in appalling poverty.

Baluarte Watch Tower

Built by the Spaniards during their heydays, the mighty Baluarte was used as watch tower and observation post by the authorities for impending danger from the sea. Not from typhoons or tsunamis, but from the Abu Sayafs at that time: the Japanese, Chinese and Moro pirates who took pleasure in raping coastal towns and settlements.

Vigan Bagnet

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ILOCOS SUR Adventure Zone

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Vigan made it to the New7Wonders CITIES Top 21

Photo from New7Wonders CITIES Global Voting Site

Vigan City, the Philippines' lone entry, made it to the list of 21 cities going through the next phase of Swiss Foundation New7Wonders.

In an aim to create a "global memory", New7Wonders Founder and President Bernard Weber announced the longlist of the New7WondersCities which contains 21 finalists.

Vigan is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur.

According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.

It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.

The global election started on March 7 last year. People all over the world voted for their choices among 300 cities to come up with the long list of 77.

The New7Wonders Cities Panel of Experts advise on the selection of the 28 Official Finalist Candidates.

Cebu City and Iloilo also vied for the title but they both failed to be qualified for the next phase. 

Voting for the New7Wonders Cities Finalists continues across three phases:


  • 28-21 phase
    21 Oct 2013 - 7 July 2014
  • 21-14 phase
    7 July 2014 - 7 Oct 2014
  • 14-7 phase
    7 Oct 2014 - 7 Dec 2014

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an officer and a church choir organist of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo)

Paul is a BS Accountancy student at the Northwestern University. He works for CBAA Biznews and  The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. He is the Chairperson of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos.



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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Who is Señorita Dulce?

 
This was written by CBAA Biznews writers Ma. Luisa Relon, R-Jay Rapadas and Rea Mae Quitevis  in 2011. With the publication's permission, VoicePoints is publishing this business feature in full.

 
At 24, her passion for baking and determination to go into business led her to a fortune she’d never imagined. The former Ms. CBAA is now a successful owner of the popular house of foods, Señorita Dulce, which is located at Taleb, Bantay, Ilocos Sur. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Major in Management Accounting in 2003. Maria Jennifer is ready to take again the spotlight as she gracefully inspires us with her story.  
 
Biznews: Who is Maria Jennifer? 
Ma. Jennifer: I’m simple and hardworking. I love to experiment with pastries.  
 
Biznews: What is Señorita Dulce? What are the features of your business? 
Ma. Jennifer: It’s a 24-hour food bus stop. We offer baked products like brownies, cassava, torta, bibingka and macaroons. We also offer breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.  
 
Biznews: What made your business distinct from other existing establishments? 
Ma. Jennifer: We consistently maintain the quality of our product in spite of increasing prices of raw materials.  
 
Biznews: What inspired you to put up your own business? 
Ma. Jennifer: Since baking pastries is one of my passions. I was encouraged to establish a business like this. Although I’ve never experienced to be employed, running a food business is not new to me because my family owns one which is Ilocos Sur Food Corp.  
 
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This 2014, Maria Jennifer launched her SD-Coffee Shop.

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MEET | Kenley Filarca: The man behind the biggest and smallest burgers in the Philippines

 
Kenley Filarca, owner and manager of Kusina de Kenyong, conducted an interview May 27, with VoicePoints Content Manager Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo that covered a wide range of topics — his goals, plans, and business management.
 
 
Why did you start the business and what motivated you? 
We are not well off. I am just an ordinary bank employee before starting up Kusina de Kenyong. The main reason why I put up the business is to have an additional source of income for me to help my family. My salary alone is not enough to help them in their financial needs. Being inspired with the situation that we have, having my passion in cooking and possessing the determination of a brave dreamer, there KDK was conceived. 
 
Did you have any business background before starting up? 
My parents had different business ventures. Through their experiences, I was able to learn something about business. 
 
Did you face any challenges in mobilizing you capital? 
Capital was really a big problem and will always be one. During the first month of the business, I was so afraid of the financial performance of the business because I have poured out all the funds I have. Thank God, we were breakeven then. In the continuous operation of the business, KDK was able to sustain its liquidity. I said “will always be” because everyday is a challenge for KDK to survive in the food industry because of numerous competitors. Everyday is a risk. Everyday is a challenge. 
 
Were there any problems in getting employees to work with you? 
My KDK Team is composed of some people I have known even before KDK was conceived so it was not that hard for me. 
 
What were the major challenges that you faced in the process of starting up your business? 
As I have said, everyday is a risk, everyday is a challenge to survive. Since Kusina de Kenyong was not known yet before, we had hard times of promoting it. As a helpful tool, I used social media to create awareness of KDK’s existence. While the operation goes on, competitors improve their products and even create better products. Getting a share of their existing customers was a bit hard. Especially so that they are in the business for years and that KDK is a new comer. Those were the challenges that we had to face then. When we launched the Biggest Burger and Smallest Burger in the Philippines, someone claimed that they are the first to produce or they have conceptualized it first than us. It was not that hard to defend KDK from those accusations. Thank you to ABS-CBN, ANC and GMA News Team that they have featured the burgers on their news programs, local and national. 
 
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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Ilocos Norte's "Himala sa Buhangin" honors Nora Aunor with “Elsa” sculpture

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF ILOCOS NORTE

All photos from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte


A sculpture in the likeness of “Elsa,” the main character in the classic Filipino film “Himala,” was unveiled by the artist Gerry Leonardo, actress Nora Aunor who played Elsa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos in the sand dunes of Paoay during the “Himala sa Buhangin!” music and arts festival which was held on May 10 as part of the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta.



An interactive sculpture park was also installed by Leeroy New and singer Bamboo headlined the free concert.


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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte among top 10 provinces with biggest political 'dynastic share'

 
Photo from Manila Bulletin
 
Alvarez, Ampatuan, Arbison, Belmonte, Bersamin, Binay, Cayetano, Cua, Dy, Ecleo, Ejercito, Escudero, Espina, Fariñas, Garcia, Garin, Loong, Mangudadatu, Marañon, Marcos, Ortega, Revilla, Romualdez, Sahali, Singson, Tan, Tupas. 
 
These are just some of the 178 clans ruling 73 of the 80 provinces in the Philippines.

Maguindanao, Apayao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Negros Occidental, Ilocos Sur, Quirino, Cebu.

These are the top 10 provinces in the country with the biggest 'dynastic share' according to an Asian Institute of Management 2012 study.

Ronald Mendoza, David Yap, Edsel Beja Jr., and Victor Venida, the persons who made the research "Inequality in democracy: Insights from an empirical analysis of political dynasties in the 15th Congress," found that:


  • 70% of the 15th Congress is dynastic, with dynasties dominating all major political parties.
  • On the average, there are more dynasties in regions with higher poverty and lower human development.
  • Dynasties tend to be richer (with higher Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth).
  • 80% of the youngest congressmen (age 26-40) are more dynastic clans


In  Ilocos Sur (READ: Politics in Ilocos Sur | A Family Business), 18 of the 33 municipailites or 54.54% is lorded over one family. 

In the 2013 local elections, 18 of the 32 mayors in Ilocos Sur are given assurance of another term since they are practically unopposed in their respective turfs.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Binatbatan Parade with Candidates of Miss Philippines-Earth 2014

 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marcos family loses Paoay property

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
File Photo by AFP
 
The Sandiganbayan has junked the claim of the Marcos family to a 57.68-hectare lakeside resort property in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

In a 33-page decision dated April 21, 2014, the Sandiganbayan voided a 1978 lease agreement between then President Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).
 
“The Paoay Lake and lands within one kilometer from its water line… was declared to be a national park and therefore considered public land. These were, therefore, outside the commerce of man.”

With the Paoay resort out of the Marcoses’ jurisdiction, the Sandiganbayan also ruled that the 154 lots, as well as the structures covered by the abovementioned deal are all property of the Philippine government.

The Sandiganbayan advised the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to act promptly to recover the properties through the Land Management Bureau (LMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
 
Court records showed that no less than 79 lots in the questioned property are already under free patents or have pending free patent applications by Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and her children.  

More than half of the lots already have approved and/or pending patent applications by the Marcos heirs and other persons.

Aside from the lots, the anti-graft court also transferred the Malacañang Ti Amianan, Maharlika Hall building, Suba Sports Complex, the Old Motor Pool, swimming pools, tennis court and an 18-hole golf course to state jurisdiction and placed under the control of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.
 
 
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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WHERE IN ILOCOS SUR: The 'Tawid ni Ilocano' Tour




Ilocos Sur is a place where traditional world and new world meet. Planning a trip of your own? Check out this trip from Tagudin to Sinait, from heritage cities with cobblestone streets to old style towns with rich history.


 

TAGUDIN

This town has a rich history and played a major role in the Battle of Bessang Pass. The decisive Battle of Bessang Pass started in this municipality, at Bitalag.

Places to visit

The first sundials were constructed in Tagudin in 1841 by Father Juan Sorolla. The only sundials used by the Spaniards during their era in the Philippines, Tagudin sundials are still in use and considered to be accurate.

The Amburayan River that runs from the mountains of  Benguet and into the South China Sea serves as a natural boundary for La Union and Ilocos Sur. The bridge spanning across the river is called the Amburayan Bridge which connects the two provinces of La Union and Ilocos Sur. The river is the setting of the famed Ilocano epic entitled Biag ni Lam-ang.

CERVANTES TOWN AND ILOCOS SUR'S "LONGEST BRIDGE"

Although the Aluling Bridge only spans 180 meters, it has been dubbed the 'longest' bridge in Ilocos Sur as it took 36 years and six Philippine Presidents before it was completed. The bridge is constructed along the Suyo-Cervantes-Sabangan Road crossing the Abra River and connecting the towns of Cervantes in Ilocos Sur and Tadian in Mountain Province. Cervantes town is considered as the 'Summer Capital of Ilocos Sur' due to its proximity to Mountain Province and Benguet.

GREGORIO DEL PILAR'S SIBOL HOT SPRING AND NAMEMPENGAN FALLS AND CAVE

Formerly named Concepcion, the town was the site of the Battle of Tirad Pass where General Pilar fought to the death against the Americans. Get fascinated by the Sibol hot spring and seven bowls, Namempengan falls and cave, Mt. Peg-an Camping site and the Tirad Pass Museum and handicraft center.

FERIA DE CANDON FOUNTAIN

Located at the city plaza of Candon, Feria de Candon Fountain is the newest attraction of the city designed by a Korean-based company.

SANTIAGO COVE

White sandy beaches and coves can be found in Ilocos Sur. One of them is the Santiago Cove in Sabangan village which has a perfect crescent-shaped shore. Just beside the fine sand beach of Sabangan is the Marina Beach Resort.

SAN ESTEBAN

Formerly known as Cabagbagototan, San Esteban is a serene seaside town with a scenic locale and some Spanish era and World War II history.

Places to visit

The oldest landmark in San Esteban, Moro Watchtower is an accredited tourism site as declared by the Philippine Tourism Authority. The old folks say that this was a vanguard against approaching pirates during the Spanish times.

What used to be an area used by the US military during the World War II, Apatot Beach is frequently visited by foreign tourists and local visitors.

SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria town is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. It lies in the central part of the province.

Places to visit

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, known to everyone as Sta. Maria Church (Click THIS for a Virtual Tour), is an 18th century brick church that sits on top of a hill, much like a fortress. From the highway, you simply have to climb 86 steps. Walk around the church and you’ll find an even older chapel and cemetery.

The tale of Angalo and his wife Aran is one of the few tales in Ilocos mythology, which also includes the Epic of Lam-ang. Angalo’s footsteps are said to have created a gigantic pool that leads to Pinsal Falls—a cascading blanket of water that flows into pools that feed the rivers of Sta. Maria. It is the largest waterfalls in the Ilocos Region. The grandeur and pristine beauty of these falls has long been attracting foreign and local tourists. Crystal clear water cascades down to two natural pools where visitors can frolic during hot summer.

NARVACAN

The beauty and serenity of the Home of the famous and delicious Bagnet of the North will keep you coming back to the historical town.

Places to visit

If you’re tired from driving, take a break here and take in the view of the sea. The Sulvec town hosts to many natural landmarks like the Immagamang. Atop of the rock stands the statue of Virgin Mary where local and international tourists pay their pilgrim almost every day.

The old Spanish watchtower made of bricks and lime was used by the Spaniards in guarding the locality of against the pirates who marauds the residents. It was also used as a light house to guide the fishermen during night time. The watchtower and the Immagamang were favorite film locations of famous action stars in the country like Fernado Poe Jr. and Ramon “Bong” Revilla.



Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH), better known as Narvacan Tourism and Sports Complex, offers a 520–meter zipline, 280–meter vertical via ferrata, and a 100-meter rappel line.  To note, the 280-m vertical via ferrata in Narvacan is the first tourism adventure in the country.

OLD QUIRINO BRIDGE


All attractions come with a great view of the Abra river and the mountains around the famous stopover on the way to Vigan. Banaoang Bridge is highly praised for its architectural design and marvelous engineering. It connects the town of Santa and Bantay.

ILOCOS SUR ADVENTURE ZONE

The Quirino bridge is home to the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone, where you can rappel down the bridge (P150 for 2 attempts), zip line across it (P250, one-way), or ride a kayak beneath it (P200 for 30 minutes).

BANTAY

Bantay's reserved forests and farms make it home to a diverse range of plants, animals, and river creatures.

Places to see


A ten-minute ride away from Vigan is the historic Bantay Belfry (Click THIS for a Virtual Tour), which sits on a hill. This towering structure is one of the sights that should be visited by travelers not only because of its historical and cultural significance but also because of its commanding view of Vigan from the highest portion of it that can be climbed. To enjoy the panoramic view of the land set upon a background of white and blue skies, visitors must climb flights of stairs that can be accessed from the entrance in the tower’s base. The Bantay Bell tower is popular among local tourists because scenes of the well-known Filipino film Panday were shot within and around the belfry. To ensure that you can enter the belfry, it is best to register at the Tourist Center along Calle Crisologo and ask for a tour of the belfry from there.

Carballo Mountain range overlooks the Cagayan Valley and portions of Babuyan Islands, and to which the municipality partly owes its name. This is one of the few mountain ranges in Ilocos Sur and the only natural tourist spot of Bantay aside from the Abra River. Today it is a location of firing ranges, some telecommunications relay facilities (often mistaken by locals as a radar array), and hiking trails. It also houses the headquarters and nursery for a reforestation project conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Where to eat and buy pasalubong


On your way to Vigan or back home, stop over at Marsha’s Delicacies and try their leading native cake, a repackaged version of the Vigan royal bibingka. The bibingka here isn’t different from the cake-like ones in Manila. Served in small cups, the royal bibingka is gooey and chewy; the supreme version comes with extra cheese. Their coffee shop is now serving modern flavored coolers in addition to indigenous refreshments like miki and sinanglao. Their main branch is located at National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay. For more info, contact them: (063) 722 8119. The OneVittoria Hotel will be open to public this April 28, 2014.


Like Marsha's, Señorita Dulce also offers the original Pinoy taste. You have to try their products from epanadita to torta, macarons to tinubong. Located along the National Highway in Bantay Señorita Dulce also serves foods for lunch and dinner. Their original taste of mini burger is a must try.

VIGAN

Here we go! The only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines, Vigan. But before you continue exploring the historic province, go to the New7Wonders CITIES Global Voting Site and support our campaign - vote Vigan! The VoicePoints campaign started in 2012 and we are proud to say that Vigan made it to the finalist phase. The official list will be revealed on December 7, 2014.

Places to see



Former Ilocos Sur governor Luis 'Chavit' Singson's Baluarte is absolutely free. The best part? Interact with the animals and buy pasalubongs.

Watch the people of Pagburnayan how they make burnay using pre-historic methods of production, using carabaos to knead the clay, and foot-powered potter's wheels to turn the clay into burnay jars.


Experience the Hidden Garden and try their pinakbet and dinengdeng (P150 a palayok) at Lilong and Lilang Restaurant. Call (077) 722 1450 for more details.

Go on the heritage river cruise in Mestizo River. The Vigan Heritage River Cruise is operated by the city government to reinforce the Vigan Heritage Conservation Program using the historical Mestizo River to tell the historical timeline of Vigan from the pre-history to the present time. Through the 45 minutes river tour, a voice-over is played narrating Vigan’s origin, historical background and other significant information while passing thru 5 life-sized tableaus. River Cruise Rates: P70 for Senior Citizen, P50 for students, P100 for adult.

Visit the Syquia Mansion where the 6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino once lived. The mansion on Calle Quirino is the ancestral home of his wife's family.

Visit Padre Burgos house. A bahay na bato near the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hall once housed one of the greatest names in Philippine nationalism: Padre Jose Burgos of the Gomburza trio.  It also houses Ilocano artifacts and ethnic arts of the Tinggians.



Feeling tired? Relax your mind and watch the Vigan Dancing Fountain located at at the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon. This Korean-engineered attraction is the first of its kind in the country. The light show is free. It opens weekdays every 7:30 PM (30 minutes) and weekends 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM (30 minutes each).



Explore Vigan Heritage Village at night. The famous street, Calle Crisologo, in the Philippines is lined up with ancestral houses where the rich used to live during the Spanish era.  Tourists can buy souvenirs or even ride a calesa in the well-known Mestizo District.

Who said Vigan does not have a night life? Have your casual wear and dance all night at Club Legacy located at the heart of Calle Crisologo.

Where to stay



If you want a luxurious life, Hotel Luna (Click THIS for more details) is the best. This is the first hotel museum in the Philippines. It showcases the finest in Philippine Art, boasting of rare and vintage artworks and dynamic modern pieces from master painters, contemporary artists, to National Artists including Juan Luna masterpieces. The hotel museum is located at V. De Los Reyes Corner Gen, Luna St., Vigan. For inquires, contact them at (02) 373 3333 or +6323733333; +6325844945; +63776322222

Queen Standard (P5,000) rooms are ideally sized for individual and couples. Toilet and Bath with full glass enclosure, equipped with top quality bronze fixtures, remote controlled flusher and heated toilet seats. Queen Deluxe rooms (P5,850) are ideal for couples requiring more space, equipped with a Queen sized bed with elegantly designed padded headboards.  Double Queen Deluxe (P6,000) has 2 queen beds 32" Integrated toilet with built- in electronic bidet. Executive Suite (P12,500) features a vast bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom offers more space that one can imagine with a big lavatory and mirror area, classic bathtub, high-tech toilet, glass enclosed rainshower bath, and 32 inch HD TV. Loft Suite (P11,000) offers more space and privacy with an L-shape sofa at the Living Area featuring a 40 inch High Definition LED TV, and a classic designed vanity dresser that doubles into a working table. A spacious toilet and bath is located at the lower level with fully automatic toilet system, rainshower bath, and a spacious Lavatory area. An elegant spiral staircase leads to the bedroom with a 32 inch HD TV, and own toilet for more convenience.


Grandpa’s Inn nestled in the country’s most preserved and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 15th century Spanish colonial period, invites you to create your own magical and unforgettable moments. It is located at #1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan. You may call +63(077)722-2118 or  0917-5802118 for more details.

The Calesa Room (P2,680) is good for 4 persons with 2 Kalesa Bed, 1 Double Bed and refrigerator. The Airconditioned Room (1,780) is good for 2 persons. The Airconditioned Dormitory Rooms for 4 persons is P2,250; for 6 persons is P3,360; for 8 persons is P4,480. The Ordinary Room (P980) is good for 2 persons.

Experience the charm of the old world in the convenience of modern day. Located at the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Town, Vigan Plaza Hotel epitomizes the culture-filled beauty of Vigan. For queries, contact them at +63 77 7221527, +63 77 6320318, +63 77 7228553 or +639177999874  

Their suites, rooms, and dormitories commonly have air-conditioning, an electronic SIM card-based door-lock system, and Internet access. Each accommodation is fitted with a private toilet and bath, 21-inch cable TV, IDD phone, writing desk and chair, and luggage rack. Their Vigan hotel rates include daily breakfast: Standard Single - P3,000; Standard Double (1 to 2 person/s) - P3,400; Superior Double (1 to 2 person/s) - P4,000; Plaza Suite (1 to 2 person/s) - P6,200; Ancestral Suite (1 to 4 person/s) - P6,200; Governor Suite (1 to 2 person/s) - P9,000; Dorm A (1 to 7 person/s) - P9,900.

Hotel Salcedo de Vigan showcases the coming together of Asian and European cultures. Contact Info: +63 (77) 722-1200+63 (77) 722-1200; +63 (77) 722-2798+63 (77) 722-2798; +63 (77) 674-2566+63 (77) 674-2566 or 0917-856-45880917-856-4588; 0918-990-66750918-990-6675.

Room rates: Honeymoon Suite (Silang Suite) - P6,300; Deluxe (Family triple sharing) - P4,095; Standard (Double/Twin) - P2,730; Superior (Double / Twin) - P3,255; Burgos Suite (good for 4), Delos Reyes Suite (good for 4), Florentino Suite (good for 3) - P5,145; Quirino Suite (good for 2) - P4,620; Diego Dorm (good for 8) - P6,300; Gabriela Dorm (good for 10) - P7350.

For those traveling in big groups, Cordillera Family Inn has large bedrooms: P5,000 for 10 people and P10,000 for 20 people.  For any inquiries and reservations, you may call 077-722-2727 or  09273135616.

Where to eat


If you are staying at Hotel Luna, go for dessert at the quaint Leila's Café, located just beside the hotel musem. Its sky-blue interiors and quirky decorations are sure to put anyone in a good mood after a hot day of running around Vigan. I recommend their crepes and pastas.



If you want a street dining, why not try Leila's twin restaurant, Los Majitos de Vigan. Perfect for a lunch or dinner date. Los Majitos serves a combination of Vigan delicacies with a Western twist. Bestselling items from their fusion cuisine include bagnet wraps (P150), nachos platter (P150), carbonara (P100), and longganisa rice omelette (P120).


You may also try the first corner coffee shop in Vigan, Café Uno. Located inside Grandpa’s Inn, this is the perfect place for intimate conversations. Take a sip of their freshly grind and freshly brewed coffee. Café Uno have Iced Blended coffee coolers. It also offers a variety of Pasta, Noodles, Sandwiches and Mexican light snacks to fill you up.


Uno Grille provides guest with a relaxed atmosphere in a garden setting. The Grille offers charcoal grilled specialties of pork, chicken, beef, fish, seafood and vegetables where each has its own special marinade thus the distinct and varied flavors, a real gastronomical treat for the Family. The Grille can be used for big function and can accommodate 130-150 persons. For reservations, call +63(077)722-2118 or 0917-5802118


Kusina Felicitas is Grandpa’s Inn’s signature restaurant. The dining hall is walled with the original bricks of the 18th century building. Kusina Felicitas serves authentic Ilocano cuisine with wide array of menu to choose from, the Bagnet, Longanisa, Pinakbet, Bunog( a fish indigenous to the local river), and Ipon( a seasonal fish famous to the Ilocanos). This is the place for a perfect Ilocano gastronomy. Kusina Felicitas also offers favorite Filipino and Asian cuisine to supplement the menu. Kusina Felicitas has two function areas for small meeting and functions, each area can accommodate 50-60 persons. For reservations, call +63(077)722-2118 or 0917-5802118



Comedor Restaurant offers fabulous Ilocano dishes, Spanish dishes, and selected international items. Located at the Ground Floor of Hotel Luna, Comedor serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, in an elegant dining hall filled with chandeliers, and contemporary art pieces from famous Filipino painters.



An artwork by itself, Chula Saloon Bar offers you more aside from the premium selection of beers, finest wines and liquor offerings, and incredibly sumptious bar chows for extreme delight. If you are looking for an ultra stylish bar with touch of classic, artsy, and elegant feel for the perfectionist, this is the place for you. A breathtaking ceiling and brick wall pillars adorned with art pieces and bronze sculptures, will surely amaze each customer. The bar and seating area is a sight to behold with ornate furnitures and lightings uniquely designed for Chula Saloon Bar. Chula means sexy or gorgeous, the Chula Saloon Bar truly deserves such description. See it for yourself.


Coffee Break Vigan has a wide range of hot beverages to choose from. If you are in to cold drinks and refreshments they do have also a large selection. If you are looking for a light meal or merienda they also offer a selection of snacks including some local delicacies. You will definitely enjoy the place because of its youthful vibe.



Kusina de Kenyong offers the biggest and smallest burgers in the Philippines. The restaurant's big burger features a one-kilo beef patty and costs P1,000. Its smallest burger measures just two-inches in diameter or a size of a 5-piso coin. A set of five can be enjoyed for P99. The restaurant is also located at Calle Crisologo. For inquires, call them at 09175585256.


Cafe Leona is located along Calle Crisologo, right in the heart of Vigan City. It is named after the popular Ilocano poet Leona Florentino, who is also the original owner of the house in which the restaurant is located. Get a taste of Ilocano-Italian fusion with Cafe Leona’s pizza topped with local ingredients like longganisa (P300), pinakbet (P325) and bagnet with KBL or kamatis, bagoong and lasona onion relish (P375). They also have Japanese fusion in the form of bagnet and bacon maki (P180 for eight pieces).


Do you love cakes? Treat yourself with Dulcelise Dessert Bar's cakes, pastries, frozen yogurt, coffee, milkshakes, pasta and sandwiches.  The dessert place is owned by Patch Savellano-Singson, wife of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson. She bakes herself. The restaurant got its name from Singson's firstborn Elise. They also customize cupcakes, cakes and frosted sugar cookies for any occasion.

Vigan empanada is a must when you are in the city. Recommendations for the best empanada in the city vary from Bigueño to Bigueño. Here are the top recommendations: ELP Special Empanada (P35) in Plaza Burgos and Irene’s Vigan Empanada (P35) in Calle Crisologo. ELP's is crunchy and its longganiza is sweet. Irene's is soft and chewy. Irene's uses oil made from the drippings of pork.

Where to buy the best Vigan longganiza? For affordable options, head to the public market. But if you don't want to go outside the city proper, I recommend Gonzales Vigan Longaniza in Capangpangan, Vigan City. One dozen will cost you P130.

If you’re craving for inihaw classics, Ihawan sa Caoayan is the place to be. It is located at at Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan (Yes, it's outside the city). Must-trys from their menu include puque sashimi (P175), prawns with pineapple (P220), sizzling mixed seafood (P195), and ginataang alimango (P400).

SAN ILDEFONSO'S BASI, ICE CREAM AND AIRPLANE CAFE


If you're going to Ilocos Norte, stop over San Ildefonso and buy a bottle of basi, a sweet wine made from fermented sugar cane. Bungro village offers marunggay (malunggay or moringa), paria (ampalaya or bitter gourd) and sili (chili) ice cream. The town is set to launch its Airplane Cafe this year or early next year. We will let you know. Just check out this blog for updates.

STO. DOMINGO'S WEST LOCH PARK HOTEL


If all other hotels are fully booked, get a room at West Loch Park Hotel. A 20-minute drive from Vigan, the hotel is located in the center of Sto. Domingo town. They also offer shuttle service from the town to Vigan or vice versa. For reservations, contact them at (+63)(077) 674-0610.

They have Standard Rooms for P2,600; Deluxe Rooms for P3,500; and Premium Suites, which has a receiving area in the first floor, for P5,100.

MAGSINGAL'S TINUBONG


Ilocos Sur does not only offer a special Candon Calamay and Vigan empanada. Magsingal town has a unique kakanin, the tinubong. Tinubong is a sticky, sweet delicacy made from glutinous flour, sugar, coconut milk, small strips of buko (young coconut flesh) stored in a bamboo stick. If you are going to Ilocos Norte, you will see vendors selling these delicacies in their stalls in the National Highway. But I recommend the best in Ilocos, Peros. You may call them at (63) 917-7981015 or (63) 0918-3821772. It is located along the National Highway in Sto. Domingo.

SAN JUAN'S PIKKANG FALLS

Pikkang was derived from the Ilocano word pekkang which means falls. Pikkang Falls is located at Malamin village. Malamin is a 20-minute drive from the town proper. Upon reaching, park your vehicles in the concrete pavement and ask for a tour guide.

CABUGAO

Cabugao is the second northernmost town of the province. It is bounded on the north by Sinait and on the east by Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte and the Cordillera Mountain Ranges.

Places to see

Located along the national highway, Pug-os sloping seabed make it a top favorite of tourists for swimming, picnics or fun hiking. Two hotel beach resorts, Ponce del Mar Cabugao Public Beach and Park (Cabugao Beach Resort), serve as venues for special occasions. Discover a fine white sand beach along a majestic cove.

Sabang is the take-off point for Salomague Island. It is home to the newest surfing destination in the north. You may contact Kido's Point at 0905 778 4292 for surfing lessons.

Not too far from Sabang is the Salomague Port. The historic port of Salomague was an ancient port of call of seafarers, merchants and traders from different Asian countries. It is now the transshipment port of goods and products to Taiwan. It is also the unloading point of commercial fishing vessels. A municipal ordinance has declared the waters around it a fish sanctuary area, thus making it more attractive to sports fishers and scuba divers who regularly visit it.

Where to eat


Kusina Ilocandia serves authentic Ilocano Cuisine in a garden setting. They have different kubo that depicts an Ilocano home setting and custom. For reservations, contact them at 09155855511.

IMELDA'S COVE IN SINAIT

Located on the way to Dadalaquiten Norte and Panay, Badoc in Ilocos Norte, Imelda's Cove features white sand beaches.

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HOW TO GET THERE

By Air. The easiest way to access Ilocos Sur is by a 45-minute Manila-Laoag daily flight via the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Once in Laoag, ordinary bus ride costs P80 and P120 - P137 (with Senior Citizen and student's discount) for airconditioned bus.

By Land. Several bus companies such as Partas Trans, Fariñas Trans, Florida, Maria de Leon, Autobus and RCJ bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route. These air-conditioned public buses, most of its stations found along Cubao or Pasay, will make your 8-hour travel a relaxing journey.

ILOCOS SUR TOURISM OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION

Provincial Information Officer (077) 722 - 2776   
Provincial Administrator (077) 722 - 2776

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