I started my day very early but since I visited the Bangui Wind Farm before leaving Saud Beach, it was already 7:45 AM when I left for the rest of Pagudpud. According to folktales, Pagudpud was from an exhausted Batangueño peddler’s response when asked what’s his purpose for the visit. He doesn’t know Ilokano but answered anyway. “Ako’y pagud na pagod at ang sapatos ko’y pudpod”. The reply became the byword of the residents and soon became “Pagud-Pudpod” and later shortened to Pagudpud.
Maira-ira Point is in Pagudpud and it is the northernmost tip of mainland Luzon. The western side of it is Bangui Bay (where Saud Beach and Bangui Wind Farm are) and to the East is Pasaleng Bay. What to see in Pasaleng Bay?
Not long after I have left Saud, the road started snaking through and around mountains and I got a little carried away. I might have squeezed the throttle more aggressively than I should have and by the time I got to Gamaban junction, my fuel’s way past the red mark. I may be already running on fumes but there’s really no nearby gas station according to a tricycle driver so I took the Maira-ira Beach Road anyway. We didn’t stop here on my first Ilocos trip.
This is not even just a “rock” anymore. It’s a boulder! Well, I’m not sure if it is totally detached from the ground but it doesn’t seem to belong there. So maybe it came from somewhere up the mountain. Anyway, it’s a big rock shaped like a bell, hence it’s name (imitation of the sound of a large bell).
Timmangtang Rock is half of what has been known as “Lover’s Rock”. You’ll understand when you see the next rock formation nature has created. (Speaking of rock formations, read about the Kapurpurawan White Rock here).
Bantay is Ilokano for “mountain” and Abot is “hole”. They did indeed got the “mountain with a hole” right but a lot disputes it is not a cave. By definition, it is. Just like Timmangtang, it is also covered with “bushes”. If you know what I mean… *wink* Haha!
From the view deck, Bantay Abot is accessible via a steep descent to the rocky coastline. The stairs doesn’t have any guard rails so you have to be careful. The shoreline itself is rocky and slippery. I imagine it to be a lot harder during high tide or bad weather (of course).
Some kids playing on the shore offered help with taking the pictures. They were even giving suggestions what pose I should do. The boy operating the camera took a lot of pictures and he was very proud of his shots!
I gave them a little something for their efforts and also some of the chocolate bars I have. We talked for a while then I continued on. When I reached the crest of the road, Blue Lagoon came into view. Dos Hermanos Islands can also be seen in the background.
BLUE LAGOON aka MAIRA-IRA BEACH
I was still enjoying the view and taking a few pictures when I heard a scream. I turned towards the sound…
I didn’t plan on visiting Hannah’s Beach Resort but I wanted to see Dos Hermanos Islands closer so I continued down the road. Once again, I wash fishtailing on the fine white beach sand of the “Boracay of the North“.
DOS HERMANOS ISLAND
Dos Hermanos Islands are two identical mountains just on the edge of Blue Lagoon. They were believed to be two loyal brothers who went out fishing and got caught in a powerful typhoon. They drowned and turned into islands.
..then the sand became rocks. Soon, I was going off-road up to the point that I can no longer see a pathway up ahead. The satellite images were accurate, the road ends here. With the right bike, or at least right tires, it is possible to go to the northernmost tip of mainland Luzon. For now, this is as far as I can go.
I’ve also read about Nacatnagan (Ilokano word meaning “fell down“) Cliff offering a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay since it is 150 feet elevated . It even claims to give you a glimpse of Babuyan Island on a clear day. Of course, I didn’t really think I can hike there but I was curious because I didn’t see any signs pointing where it is and none of the locals knew about it. When I got back from the trip, I called Pagudpud Tourism Office and spoke to Peps. He said, they are no longer promoting this destination since it is a private property but he told me the trek used to start near the Timmangtang Rock.
As I fishtailed my way out of the rocky and sandy roads of Maira-ira Beach, the inevitable happened..
I finally RAN OUT OF GAS! Pinch! How do I get out of this one?