“Discover how beautiful our country is and how wonderful our people are. Time to fall in love with the Philippines.” – Tony Meloto

A few years ago, my husband and I went with my family on a road trip to the northern part of the Philippines. And that was the last time I have visited them. Such a fun and educational experience. We went to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur and we left even before dawn to reach our destination just on time.

My niece and nephew alternately drove while the three of us passengers just rested and slept at the back.

Here are some of the places we visited for our road trip.

This is the the Rosary Garden in the grounds of the church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manoag. This is a spot that is very serene and is a place to meditate. We made our way to the large statues around the garden and also the big rosary signifying the mysteries of the rosary.

A few hours drive, we reached the Ilocos Region.

This is the Bantay Bell Tower, “Bantay” which literally translates as “guard“ in Tagalog. Though this has turned into a bell tower for the nearby church in 1857, it still is being remembered as being used as a watchtower during the two World Wars because of its strategic location.

Just beside the Bantay Tower is this reddish facade of the Neo- Gothic Bantay Church known as the Saint Augustine Parish.

Here are some Super heroes that we saw on our way, so we decided to walk the grounds and see more.

Another place with public art is the Baluarte Museum and Zoo, which has so much on display. Loved the animals which were a combination of local Filipino and imported animals. It also has a 120-hectare expanse of taxidermy museum. I am not particularly fond of this so I didn’t want to stay long.

Set in the heart of the Heritage Village in Vigan is the hotel where we stayed known as Hotel Luna.

Before it became dark, we visited the famous Calle Crisologo, which is a street of old Spanish structures, mostly houses of wealthy families and Filipino-Chinese traders. This is where you’ll see the famous cobblestone streets and wooden doors that represent Vigan’s image. 

The Crisologo Museum and the Syquia Mansion are great examples of architecture during the later Spanish Colonial era. Original structures were built in the 1830s and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shown in the museums were vintage cars and furnitures.

This shows the modern signage in contrast to Vigan and Ilocos Sur vintage backdrop.

A walk in the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo at night time may seem romantic, especially if you are riding a horse and carriage or kalesa. But also maybe not…because it is now lined up with restaurants, souvenir shops and antique shops.

And before we ended our day, we went to Plaza Salcedo and saw the Dancing Fountain amidst cheering and clapping of locals and tourists alike.


  1. Toonsarah says:

    I’m no fan of taxidermy either, but those old cobbled streets are picturesque and the dancing fountains look fun!

    1. Teresa says:

      I know, right…I seem to pity all those animals. Thanks Sarah, I did enjoy walking on the cobbled streets, it was a great experience.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for taking us along on the road trip. It looks like you all had a great time. I love the old wooden doors, but my favorite pictures are the ones from the museum.

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure Dan…so many interesting things to see during that part one of my road trip.

  3. restlessjo says:

    Grand finale! I love dancing fountains! The streets look warm and inviting by night, Teresa. Many thanks for yout link, hon!

    1. Teresa says:

      Yay, i do love fountains, especially the dancing kind.
      I was having problems sending the link, good you found it.

  4. XingfuMama says:

    What a wonderful trip to have together. It is nice to get a glimpse of a new part of the world.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks, glad you liked it…I really enjoyed our time together, which seems like such a long time ago.

      1. XingfuMama says:

        I know what you mean. Haven’t seen my son since January 2020.

        1. Teresa says:

          Sad isn’t it. But that is life. Hope 2022 will be a better one for all.

  5. Marsha says:

    What a fantastic trip, Teresa. Almost every one of these pictures would classify as public art in my opinion! It’s amazing to see superheroes and antique doors and buildings seconds away from each other. I agree with you about the taxidermy.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, such a great time, will have more for you next week.

      1. Marsha says:


  6. What a lovely trip! Theold cobbled streets are beautiful!

    1. Teresa says:

      I always love cobblestone streets 👍🏼 Thanks, glad you liked them as well, Aletta!

  7. jazzytower says:

    Looks like a fun trip! Great photos


    1. Teresa says:

      It was a fun trip! Thanks Pat ❤️

  8. Marsha says:

    Congratulations, you have been selected as one of the featured bloggers on PPAC this week.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Marsha for the feature… wish I could go back there!

      1. Marsha says:

        You are so welcome. I feel that way about a lot of places. Good thing you took pictures!

  9. Julie says:

    The last time I’ve been to the Philippines was 20+ years ago! I’ve only been to Manila and Mindanao visiting family. I would love to return to visit my grandmother’s native city, Iloilo, and other parts one day. Thank you for showing us Illocos!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Julie. Iloilo had a big typhoon recently and the place may be damaged hope your family’s alright.

  10. Christie says:

    A nice road trip, thank you for taking us along with you! The Dancing fountain reminds me the ones I’ve seen in Lima, Peru🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you came along. I haven’t been to Lima, Peru, but I am thinking that is is a happy place like the Philippines?

      1. Christie says:

        We haven’t been to Philippines, hopefully we can get there one day🙂

        1. Teresa says:

          Fingers crossed 🤞 Thanks for stopping by.

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