Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday, October 06, 2012
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I booked myself in Ilocos Norte's two resorts last week -- Playa Tropical in Currimao and Pannzian in Pagudpud. In between the two locations, I did not really expect to wander around and find myself looking for Governor Imee Marcos in Laoag City. This was because a friend of mine who works as a volunteer for the Marcoses encouraged me before the trip to schedule a meet-up with the governor. I was humble enough to decline because I know that public servants are awfully busy people and there I was in Laoag with no itinerary.

I was in the city because it was my takeoff point for Pagudud coming from Currimao. My only definite activity that day was a quick lunch before the bus ride.

Walking around, I noticed that there were a few other local tourists, too, like me. I found out on my stop in the Ilocos Norte Capitol building that I could visit 3 to 4 tourist sites nearby before I leave the city. Before leaving the building I noticed a standee cardboard of Governor Imee and did not hesitate anymore to have my photo taken with it. Now I could show my friend that I did meet Imee in Laoag.

In 2 hours, I was able to drop by the facade of the Museo Ilocos Norte which is at the 2nd floor of the Church-looking Tabacalera Building. I later found out that it was the same Administration Center of the then Tobacco Monopoly in Ilocos Norte during the Spanish Times.


I was also able to see the famous sinking bell tower of the city. It looked massive at 45 meters from the ground but it seemed to be dwarfed by all the busy activities going on around it. I noticed a disconnect between the tower and the hustle-and-bustle on the ground.

The interesting mode of transportation in Laoag City is the kalesa or horse-drawn carriage. I did see lots of it in the busy streets of the city which probably are giving local tourism in the place a good boost.


The kalesa rocks in Laoag City!
The sinking bell tower of Laoag City which was built by the Agustinians in the 1600s.
Look! There's Governor Imee Marcos clad in pink!

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6 comments:

  1. haha
    kulit

    i wanna go to pagudpod
    yan na ba next post mo?
    gusto ko mabasa adventure mo don

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    1. Mismo, Raft3r. Famous ang Pagudpud sa beach, 'di ba? Pero nag-batis ang yours truly ha-ha!

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  2. Ohhh my... parang highschool pa huli kung sakay ng kalesa jan sa Laoag... kakamiss bigla!

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    1. Reydan, ang dami pa ring kalesa sa Laoag. Interestingly, hindi madumi ang paligid. It seems the owners of the horses are cleaning after themselves always.

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  3. nakakatuwa naman yung picture ni Gov. Imee... hehehe! :)

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    1. Some people thought nga na poor photoshop-ping lang 'yan eh LOL. It's just a cardboard standee talaga.

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