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Ryuma Restaurant

Yesterday, I accompanied a friend to a meeting in Tagaytay. We drove through McDonald’s for breakfast, stopped by Sonia’s Garden so that he could buy their famous Spanish Bread, then ended the day in Makati by watching The Hobbit. But in between Tagaytay and Makati, he took me to a den of pitch in the […]

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Our Lady of Piat, Cagayan Province

One of Cagayan Province‘s biggest draws is the Our Lady of Piat Basilica, which is located in Piat and houses the image of the same name. Our Lady of Piat was brought to Cagayan from Macau, and is said to be miraculous, performing many miracles. The basilica holds a grand altar, and receives so many […]

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Palaui Island, Cagayan Province

Santa Ana, located on the northeastern tip of Cagayan province, is home to beaches and beach resorts. It is where provincial locals go when they want to relax by the seaside. Santa Ana is also the jump-off point to Palaui Island, a small island that contains the Cape Engaño Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse that first […]

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Double Rainbow in Ilocos Norte

I was on a business trip with co-workers. We were traversing the Ilocos Norte countryside. It had been a tiring day, with weird weather that brought on both the heat of the sun and a drizzle. We were on our way from Pagudpud to Laoag when we looked out the window and saw this: Immediately, the quiet in the van began […]

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Getting to Pagudpud

My first trip to Ilocos Norte will always be my my most memorable. I was going to be there for work, but had gone up in advance so that I could spend the weekend in Pagudpud before meeting my co-workers the Monday after. I took a plane to Laoag, then proceeded to make my way […]

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Cagayan Province’s Capitol and Museum

Most travelers don’t make stopping by a province’s provincial capitol a part of their itinerary, and this is sometimes a shame, because a lot of provincial capitols are a sight to behold. In a country that doesn’t put too high a premium on history and historical architecture, these seats of local government can sometimes inspire […]

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