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Friday, January 8, 2016

Part 7: Our Vacation In Ilocos Region (4th Day Itinerary: Bangui Windmills and Paoay Church)

It was still raining the next day as we were leaving Pagudpud. I felt disappointed that we were not able to see the other places there except the resort where we checked in. The weather did not really permit us to do so. Can't enjoy roaming around if it's wet and windy. Seems like there's a typhoon in the area. So moving forward to our next destination which is to see the windmills at Bangui, Ilocos Norte. It was raining in Bangui but only a drizzle, unlike the previous day that it was raining cats and dogs. Hubby didn't really wanna go but I insisted. My point is, what's the use of coming here in the north if I can't see those tourist spots like Bangui Windmills. Besides it was along the way going back home and we have our own vehicle.

It was only my brother and I who got out of the van and went to the Bangui Windmill bay view site. Hubby stayed and waited on us. It was cloudy, windy, chilly and drizzling at the bay view site. There were quite a few tourists taking photos too. I saw right before my eyes the majestic view of those gigantic windmills. I was overwhelmed with the size of these moving structures and it was my first time to see real windmills. This is the beauty of the north. Feels like you are in another country when you are here. Bangui Windmills is one of the energy sources in Ilocos Region.

When we got back to the van, I asked the husband to have some photos with the windmills for souvenir even just outside the van. He don't have to go to the bay view site. He obliged so my brother took some photos of him with the windmills as the backdrop. We had some groupie too.

Some more pics of mine. I love myself, wink.

Back on the road again and we wanted to have breakfast at Mac Donalds in Laoag but there was no space to park our van there so we kept driving to the next town  and we found Mac Donalds restaurant in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. I remember this is the hometown of my online friend Juliana. It's good there were not a lot of vehicles parked there. Hubby love their sausage biscuit with egg, hash brown and coffee. I do too. Mac Donalds offers better and affordable American breakfast menus than its competitors. We enjoyed the meal.

After all those pictorials and breakfast, we moved on to our next destination and that is Paoay, Ilocos, Norte. This was my second time in this town. We went to see the old Catholic church in Paoay. I did my research and found out that the church was completed in 1710, and is famous for its distinct architecture highlighted by the enormous buttresses on the sides and back of the building. It is declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government in 1973 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This church was constructed during the Spanish regime.

Adjacent to the facade is a three-storey coral bell tower constructed separately from the church building on the right side resembling a pagoda. It was in 1793 when the cornerstone of the bell tower was laid. It stands at some distance from the church as a protection against earthquake. It served as observational post for Filipino revolutionaries against the Spaniards in 1898 and by Filipino guerrillas against Japanese soldiers during World War II (From Wikipedia). Very interesting piece of history indeed.

More pics fronting the Paoay church.

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