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An Ilocos Breakfast

After the much-needed "power" nap, we were all feeling recharged. Our hosts invited us for an Ilocano breakfast that they cooked for

us. We were all as delighted as we can be to see various Ilocano foods which we can only eat at some specialty restaurants in Manila. Bagnet (deep fried native pork) has been one of my ultimate favorite dishes. Having that alone was already a great joy, but Vigan Longganisa, Pan de Sal sa Pugon and Tortang Talong are foods I can’t just ignore. It was definitely too much for a welcome deed, but I guess Beng’s family was just trying to give us a primer of what to expect from their beloved hometown. Burp! Good morning, Laoag!

Now we were all set for the scheduled city tour. Here are the spots that we stopped by and made us appreciate both the Ilocos province, and the Ilocanos alike:

The famous Fort Ilocandia Hotel and Resort which is the only five-star hotel in the Northern region of the country.

The Grade Sala of Malacanang Palace of the North
Here, we saw some evidences of a surge in Chinese and Taiwanese tourists have been flocking to splurge in the city's profitable casino inside Fort Ilocandia.

The Marcos Museum which contains the refrigerated crypt of perhaps the Philippine’s most popular president, Ferdinand Marcos.

The historic Paoay Church which is among the protected sites of The UNESCO World Heritage list. This church is famous for its distinctive Gothic, Baroque and Oriental architecture. Its facade reveals Gothic affinity, its gables show Chinese elements, while the niches topping the walls suggest Javanese influence (reminiscent of the famous Boroboudur Temple).

The Malacanang Palace of the North that became home to President Marcos and his family. It was built beside a lake where the President and his guests On the lake, the president and his guests sailed and water skied during the palace’s heyday.

 

After the city tour, we all decided to rest at a nearby beach resort. We occupied one nipa-hut cottage where we waited for the Ilocos’ version of sunset. With some cans of San Miguel light on hour hands, it was one priceless moment of pure relaxation.

 

 

the_bloodsucker says:
Thanks, sylvia! And the answers to your question are both "yes"... =D
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
the_bloodsucker says:
Thanks, sybil! =D
Posted on: Apr 14, 2008
sylviandavid says:
This is really nicely written..... Sounds like a great day..... So prez marcos was refrigerated? Was his wife the one with the thousands of shoes? Sylvia
Posted on: Apr 13, 2008
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An Ilocos Breakfast
An Ilocos Breakfast
The Grade Sala of Malacanang Palac…
The Grade Sala of Malacanang Pala…
Paoay Chuch
Paoay Chuch
Paoay Church
Paoay Church
A view from the palaces veranda
A view from the palac'es veranda
President Marcos bed
President Marcos' bed
A re-enactment of a cabinet meetin…
A re-enactment of a cabinet meeti…
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
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