My target destination one October weekend was Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte which is located in the northern Philippines. It's home to interesting rock formations and surf-ready beaches. Before I embarked on experiencing its famous beaches, I took a detour to Pagudpud's Mount Pico De Loro or what mountain climbers prefer to call as Pico De Loro Norte.
Anybody who personally knows me does not expect me to climb anything in the wilderness. I can't even be expected to tackle one of those playground or military walls on a flat surface.
What I did was just trek with a local guide to reach a spring that's famous in Pancian, a small town almost at the fringe of Pagudpud that's 30 minutes away from the border of Cagayan. For those who've been to famous Pagudpud beaches, the town is far from Hannah's or Evangeline Beach Resorts.
The guide had boots with him while I relied on my trusty Tribu sandals. We walked past rice fields and high trees. There were times when we had to drag our feet against the stream that was originating from the distant spring. The weather was rainy and yet I was perspiring all over because the elevation was starting to become different after 5 minutes of constant walking. I had to be careful where I stepped on because some pathways had ravines next to them. If I lost my balance on, say, my right shoulder, I'd fall into a steep space where it was a bit dark and had rocks.
|A view of the Pagudpud beach from my trek path|
When in Pagudpud, don't just settle for the site's wonderful beach resorts. Try the place's waterfalls and spring water treks as well like I did.
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