The Sky is Falling!

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Rizal bust
Back in Laoag, we came across the Museo Ilocos Norte. We hadn't really planned on it, but since we were there and it was still open, we gave it a go. It's rather small, but in comparison to the dismal Marcos Museum we had just seen, this place was more like the Met. The Gameng Museo Ilocos (the name it's locally known by) exhibits the culture, heritage and lifestyle of the Ilocanos. It even has a model ancestral house inside that's realisitically decorated, giving one an authentic feel of provincial life.

We pressed on towards one of Laoag's historical attractions, the Sinking Bell Tower.
Street lamp
Once one of the tallest of its kind in the country (if not the tallest), it was built by the Agustinians in the 17th century on sandy foundations. The main vaulted entrance that used to stand tall and had more than ample space for men on horseback to enter is now only partially exposed. Today people usually have to stoop to enter. It is said to sink about an inch per year. Nonetheless, it continues to serve it purpose by summoning the faithful to mass at the St. Williams Cathedral less than 100 meters northward. Again, the church is nicknamed after the city. The Laoag Church was also built during the same period by the Agustinians. Fashioned in the Italian Renaissance, its most distinct feature are the columns that crowd its facade. There was an ongoing mass at the time so we decided to just move on.
Sinking Bell Tower


But to where? There was nowhere else to go and it was too early for dinner. It was only then that I realized that Laoag (together the rest of Ilocos Norte) should've just been a day trip as well. It would've been sweet to have spent another night in Vigan. Left with no choice, we decided to go the extra distance and check out Fort Ilocandia - a 5-star resort built in 1983 by Marcos and Imelda for their daughter Imee's wedding reception. When Marcos was overthrown and exiled in 1986, all their properties including this was sequestered by the government and was later sold to foreign businessmen who have since taken care of the property. It was a ways off and we had to haggle with a number of tricycle drivers to take us there. Yes, we went to a place as posh as Fort Ilocandia in a tricyle!

Instead of checking out the grounds inside, we found ourselves gravitating towards the beach through the gardens, passing a resort bar and towards a vacant hut near the shore.
Ilocano twister
It was almost dusk and we couldn't help but sit and wait for the sunset. It was after a few snaps on the camera that I noticed that the breathtaking sunset we were waiting for didn't quite take place as we had expected. Instead, it had been blocked by a massive dark cloud, and, peeping out from the bottom was a needle-like formation.

I couldn't believe my eyes. There was a tornado taking shape in the distance right in front of us! The needle got longer and thinner and started to swing towards the right. It had also started to rain in two areas near it. Out on the beach, people were playing around, taking photos and what not, completely oblivious to the impending disaster before them. It only after sometime that they finally noticed it and just like the rest of us, started taking pictures! It was freaky though - for those it had hit and for us, had it veered our way! Luckily, it abated within a few minutes and we allowed ourselves some more time to relax before heading back to Laoag for dinner in our classy tricycles.

Dinner was again bagnet (I couldn't get enough of that stuff!) and other delectable stuff I don't remember in La Preciosa, a restaurant recommended by a friend. I'm glad the others enjoyed it too, I'd hate to have suggested something only to disappoint the others!


 
Isabetlog says:
Your words sound like a rock concert. Thank you :)
Posted on: Jun 19, 2008
blurbmoi says:
Your pictures are really beautiful!!! Great blog!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
Isabetlog says:
Thanks Lilianna!
Posted on: Jun 17, 2008
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Rizal bust
Rizal bust
Street lamp
Street lamp
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Ilocano twister
Ilocano twister
Gameng Ilocos Museum
Gameng Ilocos Museum
Kalesa
Kalesa
Rizal bust
Rizal bust
Musical notation of native songs
Musical notation of native songs
Barot saya
Baro't saya
Rickshaw
Rickshaw
Virgin
Virgin
Typical living room
Typical living room
Stairway to...?
Stairway to...?
Vintage radio
Vintage radio
Marcos in the corner
Marcos in the corner
Dining room
Dining room
Bedroom
Bedroom
Souvenirs
Souvenirs
Capitol building
Capitol building
Capitol building
Capitol building
Capitol building
Capitol building
St. Williamss Cathedral
St. Williams's Cathedral
Laoag City Church
Laoag City Church
St. Williamss Cathedral
St. Williams's Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Sinking Bell Tower
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia
Theres a twister & he doesnt kno…
There's a twister & he doesn't kn…
...Cheese! :D
..."Cheese! :D"
Whos that up in the clouds?
Who's that up in the clouds?
Are they checking out the twister …
Are they checking out the twister…
She doesnt believe her eyes
She doesn't believe her eyes
Picture! Picture!
Picture! Picture!
Ted making muni-muni
Ted making muni-muni
Gone are his days in Hollywood :D
Gone are his days in Hollywood :D
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