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this time, it's an upcoming visit to Ilocos Sur, to the town of Sta. Cruz to be exact, and Tutubi wanted to know several things before he goes there.
In the course of his research, he stumbled on this Ilocos Sur tourism video that mentioned several places that interest Tutubi
several places mentioned:
vigan heritage village, magsingal museum and belfry, syquia mansion, crisologo museum, archbishop palace, national museum padre burgos house, plaza burgos, plaza salcedo, besang pass, sundial tagudin, tirad pass gregorio del pilar (off-the-beaten path), gabriela silang memorial park in santa, sulvec watch tower narvacan, salomague port cabugao, imelda park san esteban, apatot beach san esteban, new kids farm santa, paraiso ni juan narvacan, santiago cove, santa view deck, sulvec beach narvacan, spanish watch tower san esteban, baluarte vigan
numerous things to see/witness:
tambourine in bantay, buri in san juan, abel vigan and santiago, pagburnayan vigan
several ilocos sur delicacies and specialties (all already tasted by Tutubi before except the opia where he can't find information)
visita iglesia of Ilocos Sur's churches sporting earthquake baroque architecture including the Church of Sta. Maria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
sta maria church, sta lucia church, sinait church, magsingal church st william the hermit, sta catalina church, san vicente church, simbaan a basit, bantay church nuestra senora de la caridad, st paul metropolitan cathedral vigan.
There's also mention of surfing in sabang and cabugao beach resort pug-os.
Just a reversal of roles here, what's your recommendation? After completing visitng several of these places in a span of two days, Tutubi will give a thumbs up or thumbs down for places listed above...
Nice! Can't wait for you to feature my hometown Sta.Cruz. When's the trip? I'm going home last week of December and I plan to explore some tourist destinations in Sta. Cruz and it's neighboring towns too. Try to check out Kagutungan falls at Barangay Daligan. I've been looking for some pictures of the falls online but couldn't find any. There are also Spanish type kiosks near the municipal building which you might find interesting. Have a fun and safe trip!
GQ, been there already but passed by several arealisted there. Been looking for off-the-beaten path places in ilocos sur and not the usual tourist spots. will ask around where is Kagutungan Falls, or you can give me directions to the place. thanks
thepinaysolobackpacker, go ahead...most of the places featured on the video is not really recommended or just require lots of effort with no significance except bragging rights. it's funny there is no mention of kabigan falls near vigan, a waterfalls about a few kilometers from vigan and a 30 minute trek, also of Pinsal Falls in Sta. maria. it seems the people of Ilocos Sur who made the video don't fully know their own province
hey tutubi! I'm in Vigan now. Calle Crisologo plng napupuntahan ko since I arrived late in the afternoon na. I still have 1 day before I head to Norte. Might go to Narvacan for the Sulvec watchtower & beach and Sta. Maria for the falls and the church tom. The accommodations here are quite expensive though for a solo traveler, my room in Vigan Hotel is expensive but it's old & dirty. :(