I don't have any plan to drop to Ilocos and to explore the area all I want is to ride a bus direct to Claveria Cagayan, to visit my hometown and to attend our grand reunion with my relatives organized by my auntie live in Australia and spent a vacation here in the Philippines, when I went to bus terminal and buy a ticket going to Claveria unfortunately no seats are available direct to Claveria, I already expected that because of Holy week. I intreated to the konduktor if I can sit at the aisle of the bus unfortunately the konduktor explain to me the management they are not allowing passengers to take a sit at the aisle because it is disturbing to other passengers, because the other bus company they allowed center seat during peak season, I asked to the counter if they have still vacant seat going to Laoag fortunately they have but at the backmost part and the bus will leave at 10PM and I grabbed the opportunity, it is better than nothing,
Before 8AM the bus arrived in Laoag almost 10hours of travel, while I'm sitting at the bus terminal and thinking the best ride going to Claveria by bus or van, a girl approached me and asked, are you a tourist sir? I just smiled, she gave me a flyers guide to Ilocos Norte. She gave me an idea I was instantly hooked to do walking tour around the City of Laoag.
The name of the city "LAOAG" is a derivation of the Ilocano term "lawag", which means light/brightness. According to history, Laoag has a clear, blue skyline. It was from this premise, perhaps, that the place was given the name "Laoag."
Laoag City, a vibrant and dynamic growth center in the north, is a truly unique destination offering charming surprises, panoramic sand dunes, lush vegetation, scenic beaches, highland lures, historical and heritage sites. A must for tourists, it was awarded the Kalakbay Awards as Best Tourist Destination for the year 2001 and the Hall of Fame Award as the Cleanest and Greenest Component City in the Philippines for 200, 2001 and 2002.
Historical records show that Laoag was organized as a town in 1585, becoming the first parish and first town in the northern portion of the old Ilocos - Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union. Laoag became a city in January 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4584. It has remained the capital city of Ilocos Norte up to the present time.
St. William's Cathedral
Sinking Bell Tower, LaoagThe sinking bell tower is one of Laoag City’s most famous landmarks in fact one of the top Ilocos Norte tourist attractions. 85 meters away from the cathedral was also built by the Augustinians in 1612. It is built on earthquake baroque architecture as well and is one of the highest structures built in the province at 45 meters in height. It is said that in the olden times, a man riding a horse could easily pass thru its doors. Nowadays, a person of average height would have to stoop to enter.
Museo Ilocos NorteMuseo Ilocos Norte Located in the downtown area of Laoag City and just close to the provincial capitol and about a block away from the town plaza is the Museo Ilocos Norte. One of the best ways to get to know Ilocano culture is by visiting the museum. The museum is housed in the restored historic Tabacalera warehouse, which was a factory of sorts for tabacco back in the Spanish Era. The museum was primarily designed to bring a sense of pride to the citizens of the province. It showcases the varied ethnicity and multi-faceted cultural heritage of the Ilocano people. It is one of the few attractions in Laoag City which is most visited by school children, visitors, and tourists.
The museum is nicknamed, “Gameng,” from the Iloco word meaning treasure. It symbolizes the wealth of Ilocos Norte. There is an assortment of items displayed on both floors of the two-storey building. Before you exit out of the museum, you will find a small gift shop1 which sells an assortment of native products and handicraft of Ilocos Norte, and a few books and other publications written about the province. The symbol of the museum, a many-rayed sun, was taken from one of the finials at the back of the 19th century church in San Nicolas.
Source: www.laoagcity.gov.ph , www.ilocandiarealtor.com , www.e-philippines.com.ph
Bus Company Bound to Laoag City
G.V Florida Transport
(G.V. FLORIDA TRANSPORT, INCORPORATED)
Lacson Avenue Corner Earnshaw Street, Manila, Metro Manila
Telephone No: 781-5894
(G.V. FLORIDA TRANSPORT, INCORPORATED)
Barangay West Kamias, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Telephone Phone: 352-5393
1558 cor Earn Shaw St. and España Blvd, bgy 471, Zone046 Sampaloc Manila
Sampaloc Manila, Station
Telephone Number: 743-3242
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Number: 727-8278
Laong Laan corner and M dela Fuente Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
Telephone Number: 731-4507 , 731-4375 , 743-8580