Exploring Ilocos Norte: A Memorable Faculty and Staff Trip

From June 18 to 21, 2024, our faculty and staff embarked on an unforgettable journey to the stunning province of Ilocos Norte. This trip not only provided a much-needed break but also strengthened our bonds as a team. Over the course of four days, we explored a variety of breathtaking tourist spots, each offering unique experiences and lasting memories.

Discovering the Historic Paoay Church

Our adventure began with a visit to the historic Paoay Church, also known as San Agustin Church. This UNESCO World Heritage Site left us in awe with its remarkable Baroque architecture and rich history. We spent time marveling at its intricate design and learning about its significance in Filipino culture. After exploring the church, we enjoyed a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring Ilocano delicacies such as bagnet and empanada.

Relaxing at Pagudpud and Marveling at Bangui Windmills

We headed to the pristine beaches of Pagudpud, often referred to as the “Boracay of the North.” The white sand and crystal-clear waters provided the perfect setting for relaxation and fun. Whether it was swimming, sunbathing, or simply taking in the stunning views, everyone had a fantastic time. Later, we visited the iconic Bangui Windmills. Standing tall against the backdrop of the blue sea, these wind turbines are not only a source of renewable energy but also a magnificent sight to behold. We took countless photos and appreciated the engineering marvel that powers the region sustainably.

Exploring Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos. Built during the Spanish colonial era, the lighthouse offered panoramic views of the West Philippine Sea, making it a perfect spot for group photos and quiet reflection. Following this, we ventured to the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, where the striking white limestone formations sculpted by nature left us spellbound. The unique landscape provided a great backdrop for some memorable pictures and adventurous exploration.

Strolling Through Vigan Heritage Village

A visit to the charming city of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the perfect way to conclude our trip. Walking through the cobblestone streets of the Vigan Heritage Village, we felt transported back in time. The well-preserved Spanish colonial buildings and horse-drawn carriages added to the nostalgic ambiance. We also had the chance to shop for souvenirs and taste local treats, bringing home a piece of Ilocos Norte’s rich culture.

Reflection and Gratitude

This trip was more than just a sightseeing tour; it was an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and build stronger connections among our faculty and staff. The beauty of Ilocos Norte and the warmth of its people made our visit truly special. We return with not just photographs but with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the wonders of our own country.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Jeffrey Franco, our president, for making this trip possible. His support and leadership have been instrumental in creating such wonderful opportunities for our team. Thank you, Sir Jeff, for your unwavering commitment to our well-being and professional growth.

Until our next adventure!