Finale: Exploring Ilocos Sur


This is the last part of our joyride, so let me take you to Ilocos Sur for one last time! 🙂

NOTE: First five parts are here, here here, herehere and here!

Buckle up for our final ride!!! ❤


It was the warm sun who wake us up on our Ilocandia 2015’s last day! After two days of rain, God has finally give us the sun!

And sun means… swimming! 😀 (Thankfully our lovely hotel has a small pool!


After the dip, we fin’lly went out, checked out, and explore…

The Old City called Vigan in Daylight!

FYI: Vigan City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the fewHispanictowns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for itscobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together withBeirut, Doha,Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.[4]

It was indeed beauty beyond words! ❤


We also tasted the famous Vigan empanada!

FYI: The Vigan empanada is much in keeping with the Vigan people’s love for vegetables in their cuisine. It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Atchuete or orange food color, salt and oil are mixed into the rice though. The dough mixture is then kneaded as thinly as possible on a banana leaf (wax paper is a good substitute). Vigan empanada’s vegetable filling is made up of green papaya that is grated, toge or mung bean sprouts, monggo or mung bean and shredded carrots. Its meat filing consist of whole egg and skinless Vigan longganisa.

After buying souvenirs and pasalubongs, we then proceed to a place to eat called…

The Hidden Garden

There are some beautiful flowers and plants but our main concern is really… to eat. 😀 Soooo…

(L) Bagnet – Bagnet, to put it simply, is crispy fried pork belly, a cross between Chicharon and Lechon Kawali, where the lean meat is crispy but not dry and the pork skin with all the pork fat is fried to a crisp. It is usually served with a dipping sauce of Fish Paste (Bagoong Isda) with chopped red or white onion, tomatoes and green onions.

(R) Tapa Tagalog – Tapa is dried or cured beef, mutton or venison, although other meat or even fishmay be used. Filipinos prepare tapa by using thin slices of meat and curing these with salt and spices as a preservation method.

Tapa is often cooked fried or grilled. When served with fried rice and fried egg, it is known as tapsilog (a portmanteau of the Filipino words tapa, sinangag and itlog[egg]). It sometimes comes with atchara (pickled papaya strips) or sliced tomatoes as side dish. Vinegar or ketchup is usually used as a condiment.

After the late lunch, we then proceed to our penultimate stop…

The Safari


FYI: The Baluarte or fortress is a must-see attraction for first time visitors, and even for those who have visited Vigan before. It has a mini zoo with animals from other countries and others endemic to the Philippines. It is a private collection and is therefore continuously being improved.


There are indeed animals that we saw for the first time. 🙂 There is also a Safari Gallery with a lot of mummified animals inside. (Which for me is really creepy!)



After Baluarte, we also went to…

The Pottery


FYI: Pagburnayan Jar Making is one of the famous and must see attraction in Ilocos Sur. It is located in Brgy. Pagburnayan Vigan. Pagburnayan is a place where they used the old and authentic methods in pottery. The root word “burnay” is an earthenware jar crafted by potter’s hands with the aid of a potter’s wheel. It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a huge brick-and-clay ground kiln that make it is harder and more durable than other terra cotta. The local bagoong(fish sauce), sugarcane vinegar, and basi wine would not taste as good as if not fermented in burnay jars.

We’re not able to take photos as we are actually rushing to go home already. (The travel is roughly 12 hours. :D)

Sooo… I guess that was it! ❤

Thank you for coming along with my journey! 🙂

It’s time to go home! Till my next adventure!

Lots of love,

Rosemawrites ❤

38 thoughts on “Finale: Exploring Ilocos Sur”

  1. So celebratory. I’m glad you had a day of sun. The photographs are clear and colorful–and show all the fun you all had. In Pittsburgh, where I grew up, the zoo was placed in private hands–and, yes, that led to great improvement. The cockatoo on your should looks great. Here, that would make folk see you in the photo as a buccaneer. The pottery is so attractive to see. And then to use! Mainly, though, all your faces and smiles make everything appealing.

    Thanks for taking us along!


  2. Looks like you had a wonderful trip to Vigan.I remember the time I explored this place.I love the cobbled stones along the old Spanish Houses,the architecture is really worth to be admired. There’s really more & more fun in the Ph…and that empanada..Yuummy!

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