It’s the second day of my North Luzon Loop Ride. I woke up past my scheduled takeoff. It’s already 7AM. I did my morning rituals and packed up my stuff. What’s for breakfast? Empanada? Longganisa? Bagnet? Nope! All I had was a Snickers bar. Yeah, seems really stupid to pass up the chance to enjoy Vigan’s delicacies but I’m not really bothered by it.
I took a quick spin around the city while “bookmarking” what I might visit when I return. I’m sure I will. I refueled in Petron just outside of the city while deciding whether to go to Bantay Bell or not. I figured it would make the next trip to Vigan more exciting so I’m crossing it out for now. WHERE TO?
Where else? NORTH, of course!
The sun is up but to my delight the breeze was still cool. It was a pleasant ride going into Ilocos Norte. Ilocos Norte is a province with 21 municipalities and 2 cities. When I think of this province, the Marcoses comes to mind.
I haven’t even broken a sweat yet when I came upon Badoc Welcome facade at KM 448. The town of Badoc is the birthplace of the famous painter Juan Luna. The Badoc Church is the home of the La Virgen Milagrosa said to have floated to the shores of Badoc all the way from Nagasaki Japan in 1620. A peculiar feature of the church is the opposite appearance of the belfry and the church itself. It’s like oversized chess pieces – black and white.
It is indeed a unique church. Unique and it makes sense. Old structures can only last up to some extent. The paint may take away the beauty of the old look but more importantly, it protects the structure against the elements. I won’t be surprised if at some point, the belfry with be “Gluta-fied” (coined from the skin whitener Glutathione) to match the look of the whole church. I’m glad I got to visit this church.
Speaking of Juan Luna, their old house has been renovated and is now a museum (or a shrine.. whatever). I’ll be honest, museums tend to bore me. Sure, there’s a lot of interesting things to learn from museums, but learning (just like museums) can also be boring. But not the Juan Luna Shrine. I actually enjoyed my stay. Hmmm..