Ilocos Series #1 focused on Mother Nature and everything carved by the wind and sea; now it’s time to shine on the arts and artifacts and everything else unclassified.
It is quite obvious that Ilocos, ostentatiously evidenced by Imelda’s fondness for the arts, is a hotpot for bricks, Baroque structures and grandiosity.
Aside from the usual empanada and sand, which are just stereotypically mainstream, the flair for bricks (redundancy intentional) cannot be ignored, as well as the towering belfry.
The awesome part of the journey is that I “heart” structures and Spanish-inspired architecture, and they are everywhere!
I absolutely adore the Ilustrado era and wouldn’t mind reliving scenes of this period, of Elias and the like.
Of tsokolate-eh and the hope of getting invited for a tsokolate-aaaaah!
Whilst I leave the rest sans the unnecessary text, worth a special (albeit biased) mention is the home of Juan Luna at Badoc, Ilocs Norte.
A gung-ho for this part of Philippine history, I very much enjoyed the tour of his (and General Luna’s, his brother) home.
Replicas of paintings adorn the house, not to mention a quarter size copy of the Spoliarium.
His self-portrait marks the first #selfie, while his code name Johnny Moon is to be tackled in the next food tripping blog post.
Ah Senor Luna, what joy it was to traverse the steps and brick walls of your old abode. Surreal!
Churches are very much part of history and the Spanish dominance. They lord over the towns, but not as much as the belfry/bell towers!
Architectural rule of the north: belfry towers over the dominion, next is the church and everyone’s favorite prayle (friar).
No such thing as wood in this brick laden society. Take that, big bad wolf!
The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse would’ve been a break from the religious artifacts, but of all days, this was under construction.
And so best I could reach was the bottom of the stairs or just a view from below.
History and culture, showcased in the many marvelous attractions and structures in Ilocos, will always be my the best parts of travel.
And a bit of bonus for the weary travelers.
This concludes the 2nd part of the Ilocos Series, which now brings me to the more exciting part of the trip. FOOD!
As a teaser, here’s the sundial souvenir in our first stop, Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant.. to be posted next!