Our Pagudpud Ilocos Norte Tricycle Tour Itinerary

If Laoag City and Paoay are famous for its Marcos-related sites and other historical spots, Pagudpud and its nearby towns Bangui and Burgos are known for its tourist attractions that will make every traveler fall in love with it.


My interest in exploring Pagudpud started when I found out that Assunta de Rossi’s FHM Philippines calendar shoot in 2001 was done there. Yes, I am a big Assunta de Rossi fan and I’m proud of it. Aside from the tasteful shots, the scenery made every photo of hers extra sensual.

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Me and Jason at Evangeline Beach Resort

Jason and I stayed at Evangeline Beach Resort, where we had a romantic dinner upon arrival (will write about this soon!). We decided to take the Tricycle Tour as suggested by one of the staff members. For Php 1,200, we can explore the different tourist spots indicated in a laminated ‘menu’ (pa-order, please? LOL). We figured out that almost all of the destinations we had in mind are included in the package so yeah, Tricycle Tour it is!

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Bangui Windmills - Larger than life!

Our first stop is the impressive Bangui Windmills. I kept on saying ‘Wow!’ when I saw it from afar. It is the very first ‘Wind Farm’ in Southeast Asia and the project was initiated by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sometime in the 1990’s due to the poor quality of power provided by the NAPOCOR in the area. When we arrived in the main site, the inner child in me got excited.

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Blown Away LOL

‘There’s a bunch of giant electric fans in here! Weeee!’ I shouted. It was a hot morning, but the cool breeze of the South China Sea made up for it.

Since I am already in Bangui area, I asked Kuya Joseph (the tricycle driver) if he can bring us to the controversial Kangkang Windmill Cafe. I remember laughing too hard upon watching Ramon Bautista’s KangKang Cafe moment. Must go there!

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Time for Kangkang Coffee!

Kangkang Windmill Cafe is located just five minutes away by tricycle from the main drop point of Bangui Windmills. Upon arrival, I asked the staff if Manang Imelda is there. They laughed and asked me if I saw the video with Ramon. In that video, Ramon ordered the Kabatiti, Utong and Puki-Puki. Only the latter is available that morning and we’re not yet in the mood for early lunch. Jason and I decided to just order a good drink.

Watch the Ramon Bautista Ilocos Norte Tourism videos here!

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Iced KangKang Brew

We ordered the Iced Kangkang Brew from Kalinga. Naimas met datoy!

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Cape Bojeador - standing still

Let’s get romantic this time! Our next destination is the Cape Bojeador, also known as the Burgos Lighthouse.

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Jason in Cape Bojeador

It was built during the Spanish regime that aims to illuminate the place. It reminds me of the Bolinao Lighthouse, although this one has a more rustic feel.

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Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation

My favorite part destination in this tour is the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation. Kapurpurawan is an Ilocano term which means ‘whiteness’. The road towards this wonderful spot is a tricky one that we ended up hitting our heads at the roof of the tricycle LOL.

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You Rock!!!

The tough journey is worth taking since the Kapurpurawan White Rock Formation didn’t disappoint us. We ended up staying for almost an hour since we were the only visitors that time. We took a lot of wacky photos and just enjoyed the scenery. It reminded me of the music videos of Emma Bunton (Take My Breath Away) and Geri Halliwell (Mi Chico Latino).

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You Take My Breath Away

What a hectic morning! Our itinerary points out that our next destination is the Kabigan Falls, but we decided to just skip that part. We were already tired and hungry. We still need to trek for a few more minutes before we reach the hidden waterfalls. I want food 0_0

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Late Lunch at Blue Lagoon's Paluto

We just arrived in the Blue Lagoon area on time. For our lunch, we opted to consult one of the local ‘paluto’ stalls, where Jason, Kuya Joseph and I ate our late lunch. The sky became gloomy and it started to rain. Buti na lang kumakain pa lang kami LOL.

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Gloomy afternoon at Blue Lagoon

Jason is such a beach boy so we went to the more quite part of Blue Lagoon Beach. While Jason is busy playing at the beach, I started recording short clips and took some pictures.

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Montana the Explorer

For our last stop, we went to the famous Patapat Bridge. The view is breathtaking up to the point that I want to grab someone and ask him to propose to me LOL.

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Find my love, my dolce vita

The blue sea, the strong waves, the well-structured bridge, the surrounding mountains, the birds – PERFECT!

There are other spots that we could’veΒ visited, but opted not to because of the weather. It’s better to be safe than sorry =P

I enjoyed our Pagudpud Ilocos Norte Tricycle Tour! Aside from the fact that we explored some of Ilocandia’s best spots, spending it with a new friend who is fun to be with made it more special (yes that’s you, Jason!).


21 Comments

    • Senyorita said:

      You must visit this part of the Philippines soon! πŸ˜€

      February 25, 2012
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  1. Ayos Mika! Sayang I was so busy when you were asking for meet-up. Never been to Pagudpud myself, will definitely pay a visit.

    P.S. I won’t doubt kung fan ka ni Assunta because you’re as sexy as her, sexy, long-legged ikaw na! πŸ™‚

    February 24, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks Edmar! Sayang nga hindi tayo nagkita. Hindi na rin ako nakadaan ng Vigan pero I’m planning to go back pa this year. Thanks din sa Assunta comment LOL I really love her hanggang ngayon πŸ˜€

      February 25, 2012
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  2. Marx said:

    Hindi ko alam na may cafe dun. bago lang ba un? sayang di ako nakapag-iced kangkang brew. =)

    February 24, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Medyo matagal na rin ata siya, Marx. Sa next trip maki-Kangkang ka sa Kangkang Windmill Cafe! :))

      February 25, 2012
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  3. killrfillr said:

    masarap nga dyan sa kangkang medyo mahal lang.haha medyo gloomy rin ung panahon nong nandyan kame sa pagudpod.

    February 24, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Medyo nga, pero oks lang din. Madalang ako makatikim ng coffee from Kalinga eh πŸ˜€

      February 25, 2012
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  4. zherwin said:

    the last time that i’ve been there (2006 i think), P500 lang ang tricycle tour for 2 persons, pero mukhang worth it naman ang P1,200 kasi kasama na ang windmills, lighthouse at kapurpuran! at wala pang paluto sa blue lagoon, wow! at least now i have an idea on what to expect next time.

    February 24, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Hi Zherwin! Nung una medyo namamahalan pa ako, pero nung natapos yung tour naisip ko na super sulit pala siya dahil malalayo sila 0_0 may mga di na kami pinuntahan dahil sa katamaran and it started to rain na rin. Balik na sa Ilocandia! πŸ˜€

      February 25, 2012
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  5. I also love Pagudpud when I visited it in 2009 and stayed at Saud Beach! the water is so pristine, sand is glittering like pearls and horizon is romantic! like I wasn’t able to go around much but not because of weather but wanting to spend more time with nephew,the same nephew I visited in England!

    February 26, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Saud Beach is romantic nga. Sayang, hindi ako nakapag-sunrise and sunset doon pero maganda raw po πŸ˜€ Maybe you should bring him there soon kapag nagbalikbayan siya πŸ™‚

      February 26, 2012
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  6. Montana The Explorer said:

    I super enjoyed the trip and of course being with u also mica , wish we stayed longer in Pagudpud cause it’s super bitin πŸ™ , anyway i’ll just see u in my next trip and hopefully u’ll visit me here in Cebu πŸ™‚ TC

    February 26, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Miss you Jason! Oo nga bitin. Dapat sa comeback natin we stay longer pa πŸ™‚ I might go to Cebu this March πŸ™‚

      February 26, 2012
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  7. kura said:

    wahahaha! tawang tawa ako kay ramon bautista. Winner! ang romantic nga mica. lol!
    pang mag boylet. yeeeeekeeeeh!

    February 26, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Tama! <3

      February 27, 2012
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  8. Paula said:

    Hi Mika, I’m planning to go here sometime soon. BTW really funny the ‘ The view is breathtaking up to the point that I want to grab someone and ask him to propose to me LOL.’ πŸ™‚

    I love farolas! sana makita ko na ang Cape Bojeador soon! πŸ™‚

    May 11, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Thanks Paula! Romantic kasi talaga ng setting. Gusto ko ngang bumalik eh hehe enjoy Ilocandia! πŸ˜€

      May 11, 2012
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  9. soloflightEd said:

    wow, ayos na ayos toh. tagal ko nang gustong mapuntahan ang windmills. this was one of the scenes that started my lust for travelling and exploring. πŸ˜€

    May 13, 2012
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  10. gelaikuting said:

    wee… thanks for sharing Mica. I am planning to go to Pagudpud next year for my birthday πŸ™‚

    December 15, 2012
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    • Senyorita said:

      Have fun in Ilocos! Explore Norte more hehehe advance happy bday na rin πŸ™‚

      December 17, 2012
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