Day 4/365: M&M’s (Monty & Me)

Day 4/365: M&M's (Monty & Me)

January 4, 2011
Ortigas, Pasig City
Philippines

It’s Day 4! From the office straight to the car park roofdeck! It’s time for my self portrait for Project 365. I need to capture the 5pm sunlight.

Introducing, Monty Cameron 🙂 My Mitsubishi Montero. She’s my 2 year old GF 🙂 and she’s a blonde.
We have traveled together for a 2,000 km ride last April 2010 for almost 5 days.
Her wheels never failed me from Manila-Tuguegarao-Iguig – Lal-o – Calamaniugan – Port Irene, Cagayan – Aparri – Pagudpud – Burgos – Laoag – Paoay – Vigan – Manila
We frequent the south for Tagaytay, Batangas, and Laguna
On the north for Bulacan, Pampanga as far as Zambales.
And of course the summer capital city of the Philippines, Baguio!

I love my Monty. My Sweet Ride. She keep me safe always.

Clothes & Accessories:

Polo Shirt by Burberry
Trouser by Celio
Shoes by Kenneth Cole
Belt by Calvin Klein
Sunglasses by Rayban

Day 4/364

The Exciting and Adventurous 2,000km Luzon Road Trip Series

The Exciting and Adventurous 2,000km Luzon Road Trip Series

April 1 to 4, 2010
Manila-Tuguegarao-Iguig – Lal-o – Calamaniugan – Port Irene, Cagayan – Aparri – Pagudpud – Burgos – Laoag – Paoay – Vigan – Manila

We left at exactly 2:30am last Maundy Thursday and took the road of Mc Arthur to Maharlika highway. It was my first 10 hour drive stint with my gorgeous and sweet ride Monty. This is also my first trip to the Cabanatuan, Isabela and Cagayan route. The ride was okay until we’ve reach the stressful Dalton Pass.

Palaui Island, Cagayan

Anyway, I’m excited to blog this once in a lifetime adventure and road trip success. From the ancient bells and churches of Cagayan to Ilocos, the good foods from this region, the twin light house of Northern and southern part of Luzon, the cheerful children of Palaui Island, its virgin forest, and undiscovered Pacific ocean shoreline, the mighty waters of Aparri, and the scenic nature of Ilocos to the time warp zone of ancient Vigan!

And this is just a preview of this ultimate road trip series 🙂

Enjoy viewing!

Rman

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[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_20100401-_ppa4890-edit-1.jpg]2800Isabela, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_20100401-_ppa4922-edit-1.jpg]530St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
church interior
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_20100401-_ppa4979-edit-edit-1.jpg]380Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_20100401-_ppa5012-edit-1_0.jpg]370Callao Caves, Penablanca, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_20100401-_ppa5050-edit-1.jpg]470Callao Caves, Penablanca, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5118-edit-1.jpg]250Iguig Calvary Hills, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5163-edit-1.jpg]260St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Gattaran
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5175-edit-1.jpg]280Magapit Suspensin Bridge, Lal-lo Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5206-edit-edit-1.jpg]270The Bells of Camalaniugan
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5240-edit-edit-1.jpg]130The Ruins in Camalaniugan, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5274-edit-1.jpg]200Camalaniugan
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5293-edit.jpg]170Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley
Kids of Sta Ana Cagayan
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5354-edit-1.jpg]170Palaui Island, Cagayan
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa5397-edit-1.jpg]170Palaui Island, Cagayan
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4895-edit.jpg]250St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4891-edit.jpg]140G&B Buko Pie, Tuad Nueva Vizcaya
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4878-edit.jpg]140Tirad Pass @ Dawn
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4881-edit.jpg]120Tirad Pass @ Dawn
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4896-2-edit.jpg]110St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4897-2-edit.jpg]80St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4902-2-edit-edit.jpg]80St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4911-2-edit.jpg]110St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4912-2-edit.jpg]70St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4915-2-edit-edit-edit.jpg]60St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4918-2-edit.jpg]60St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4923-2-edit.jpg]100St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4925-2-edit.jpg]100St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4929-edit.jpg]50St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4931-2-edit.jpg]70St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4934-2-edit.jpg]90St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4938-2-edit-edit.jpg]60St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4939-edit.jpg]90St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4942-2-edit.jpg]70St. Mattias Parish, Tumaini, Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4943-edit.jpg]110San Pablo Church, San Pablo Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4945-edit.jpg]120San Pablo Church, San Pablo Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4947-2-edit.jpg]110San Pablo Church, San Pablo Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4948-2-edit-edit.jpg]110San Pablo Church, San Pablo Cagayan Valley
[img src=http://www.pinoyphotoalbum.com/wp-content/flagallery/the-2000-km-luzon-road-trip/thumbs/thumbs_ppa4950-2-edit.jpg]150San Pablo Church, San Pablo Cagayan Valley

St. Mattias Parish

Built in 1783 and completed in 1805, The Parish Church of St. Mattias features a cylindrical bell tower, a one of its kind in the country. A baroque church, its façade is made of customized clay bricks stamped with finely designed ornaments like cherubs and saints, and flowers and foliage. Like the façade, the interior is also veneered with ornately designed bricks. The fence that enclosed the church complex also used ornamented bricks like the ones used in the church façade as evident in the distinguishable designs in the fence ruins. Partly damaged during the Second World War, the church was restored to its original form by the People of Tumaini. It was declared a Historical National Landmark in 1989 by virtue of Presidential Decrees 260 (1973) and 1505 (1978).

The San Pablo Church

The San Pablo Church in San Pablo town is the oldest church in the province, built in 1624. It is a church within church ruins. Its six-layer bell tower with a circular apex made of adobe is the tallest in the region. From the outside, the church looks imposing (which it was before it was razed). But as one lets himself in through the gate, one would be welcomed by what remained of what was once a magnificent church. But while the relatively new church inside the ruins is much smaller now, it commands a different kind of awe, as the ruins surrounding it have added a different kind of character to it — one that is hard to define, but good nonetheless.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

The seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The church with the belfry is the biggest Spanish built church in Cagayan Valley. The picture of the Cathedral appears at the Basilica in Rome and is considered to be one of the most beautiful works of art in the country and the world today

The Callao Caves

Penablanca, Cagayan

The Callao Caves has 7 chambers and boasts of a massive limestone formation, skylights and a chapel. It is accessible by climbing 187 cemented steps provided to reach the cave entrance

Ilocos Region Part 4 – Pagudpud

Ilocos Region Part 4 - Pagudpud

April 8, 2009

When I first heard of Pagudpud, I thought it was just a beach resort, never knew it was a municipality in Laoag City. The place is located on the northern most tip of the island of Luzon. It is the coastal resort town of Laoag, Ilocos Region which is very promising to be the next main tourist destination after Boracay.

A must see places are as follows: Blue Lagoon, Saud Beach, the Patapat Viaduct, The Sea Arch, The view of Batanes Islands on a clear day, the scenic Bangui Windmills from the beach area and the different waterfalls that connects to the main sea.

My Rating on the Place: Good. If you are looking for a quiet beach resort after a long drive from Manila, then this is your place. No nightlife yet. Food is just okay. Accommodation is Fair. Drinks? try the Pagudpud Sling.

Ilocos Region, A Historic Place and Home of Great Leaders Part 1

Ilocos Region, A Historic Place and Home of Great Leaders Part 1

Date Taken: April 8 to 11, 2009

Travel Route: Manila to Laoag (via Airfare) Vigan to Manila (via Land)

Itinerary:
April 8: Laoag, Sarrat, Batac, Paoay, Burgos, Bangui, Pagudpud
April 9: Pagudpud, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton, Blue Lagoon, Laoag, San Nicolas, Vigan
April 10: Vigan City, Baluarte
April 11: Vigan City, then back to Manila (via Bus- 10 hours travel)

Locations:

Ilocos Norte: Sta. Monica Church, Marcos Museum, Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Cape Bojeador 

Ilocos Sur: Cafe Leona, Heritage Village, Crisologo Mansion, Syquia Mansion, Fr Burgos Museum

Part I :

Let me tour you to Ilocos Region and start with Doors – An Entrance to Historic Ilocos and Homeland of Great Leaders.