12-14 June 2010. Ilocos Region.
6 o’clock in the morning of our last day in the region, we took a refreshing dip in the rich blue waters of Pagudpud. After a hearty breakfast, we packed our bags and checked out of Jun and Carol Beach Cottages for a tour of the neighboring towns of Pagudpud on the way to Laoag. For Php600.00 per tricycle, one will be able to visit the windmills of Bangui, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, and the Kapurpurawan or white rock formation, also in Burgos. For another Php600.00 per tricycle, one is able to explore the other attractions north of Pagudpud. Jun and Carol Beach Cottages arranged for our tricycle rides, and since we were pressed for time, the only sights we got to see and admire were the windmills and the lighthouse.
Located in the municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, the windmills are officially referred to as the North Wind Bangui Project. It was developed to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The project consists of wind turbines lining the shore and facing South China Sea. Upon seeing this man-made wonder, I had this strange feeling of being in a foreign land. Notwithstanding the heat of the sun, we rode all the way to the foot of the turbines and admired them up close. One can also admire them from afar through the view deck.
Images of the windmills:
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, was established in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. It was first lit on 30 March 1982, and is set on Vigia de Nagparitan Hill. It still functions to this day, and happens to be the most prominent structure in the vicinity. Like the first lighthouse I visited in 2009, Capones Lighthouse, Burgos Lighthouse has a certain aura of mystery surrounding it; and strangely, I welcomed the mystique.
Images of the lighthouse: