Kapurpurawan Rocks: The Most Famous Sedimentary Rock in the Philippines

How much have you retained from your Elementary Science lessons? Things seem to always come in groups, doesn’t it? Solid, Liquid, Gas. Go, Grow and Glow. Very basic, right? What about Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic? That’s right, they are rock classifications. I asked you to recall because our next stop is The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation or as I would call it, The Most Famous Sedimentary Rock in the Philippines located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

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Yes, we are still in Burgos. In fact, this is only less than 10 kms from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Are you willing to take a short hike to get a closer look?

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Bacarra Domeless Bell Tower and Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

My trips usually go on a “more or less” kind of arrangement. That’s one, if not the best perk, of travelling solo. The “second day” of my North Luzon Loop Ride ended early at 3PM in Laoag City. I still have plenty of daylight left so I continued heading north. From Laoag City, “north” means Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos, Bangui and Pagudpud.

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Bacarra is a town of Ilocos Norte just 10 kms from Laoag. Different versions of folktales suggest that the name was derived from either a fish (bacbacarra), a cow (baca) or a rice basket (bacar). Sadly, this town is often skipped from tours in the Ilocos Region. But just like the sundials of Tagudin or the Juan Luna Shrine in Badoc, Bacarra also has a must-see tourist attraction. See what’s left of it..

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Laoag City: The Sparkling Gem of Ilocandia

Laoag City is the capital of Ilocos Norte. The name was taken from the Ilocano term “lawag” which means light or brightness. It is 487 kms from Manila. The only commercial airport in the Ilocos Region is located here. Vigan City is only 80 kms to the south and Pagudpud in the north is about 80 kms away. The Cordillera mountain ranges borders it to the east and the South China Sea to the west.

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So, either you are flying in or driving to Ilocos, you would most likely find yourself in this city. When you do, you might as well visit these tourist destinations. Ever heard of Monroe Island?

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Paoay Lake and the Malacañang of the North

The lower half of Ilocos Norte has been spoiling me with tourist spots for a while and seems it has more up ahead. After the exhilarating “dirt bike style” ride up and over the sand dunes of Paoay, the slabs on my way further up north bored me so I picked up the pace a bit. There was no one else on the road.

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The air was warm but that’s nothing compared to what I just endured on that desert. After a few kilometers, the breeze seemed to be get cooler thanks to the mystical Paoay Lake.

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Motorcycle Adventure Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes

Sometimes on long trips, we find ourselves at the right place at the wrong time. Just very recently on this trip, I visited the Marcos Presidential Center during their lunch break. Luckily, it was not a wasted effort because I still got access to the Marcos Mausoleum which is the highlight of that tourist spot.

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On this next stop, access was not an issue, the heat is. In the desert, 12 noon, full motorcycle gear!!

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A Roundabout Motorcycle Tour of Paoay Church

On my way out of Batac, I headed straight to Paoay just some 7 kilometers east of Batac. Paoay is a municipality of Ilocos Norte home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Paoay Church.

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Paoay Church is a Roman Catholic church famous for its huge and iconic buttresses. See it from different angles..

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Batac City: the “Home of Great Leaders”

I was making the most of summer and I have been away from the computer doing some quickie and long rides (which might end up as another late blog entry). We are not getting that much rain yet so the trips just keep coming. Meanwhile, to keep things going here, I’ll continue the North Luzon Loop series. Where were we?

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Oh right.. the failed crossing to Gabut Island. This is still in Badoc, Ilocos Norte. Continuing northward, I passed by Curimao heading to Laoag. I planned to stop for a quick tour in Batac City. At an intersection leading to the city proper, there is a Tourism outpost handing out brochures. I got one and picked my destinations in the “Home of Great Leaders”

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