The City of Clear Blue Skies - Laoag, Ilocos Norte


I never thought I would be trigger happy during this trip because I don’t particularly like taking pictures of busy streets. Little did I know that I would instantly fall in love with the city scene, the old Spanish buildings, mansions and pretty much everything that depicts this beautiful city!

Laoag City is famous for its blue skies – a Lomographer’s dream location! You can take a tour of heritage sites featuring Spanish colonial buildings, Philippine-baroque churches and the colorfully busy market in the heart of the city.

The most interesting part of Laoag City for me is the Sinking Bell Tower. 85 meters away from the St. William Church, this bell tower is 45 meters tall. It was said that a horse and its carriage can easily pass through its doors when it was made. Due to its heavy foundation, it sank a few inches each year. Now, it is only a few meters tall and leans to the north. People have to stoop to go through its gates.

Sinking Bell Tower

One of the main crops of Ilocos is garlic, that’s why its popular to buy garlic in the stands along the highway. A quick 5 minute stopover is almost always required for tour buses so that tourists can buy their native garlic, maybe onions and Ilocano Vinegar.

Highway Garlic Stands

For a quick restroom break, we all went down the Java Hotel whose design is Malaysian inspired. It’s rates are very reasonable and at the back there is a wall you can climb and rapel down. It’s pretty weird though that it is built behind a gas station.

The Java Hotel

At the end of the city tour, we dropped by the market to buy “pasalubong” (gifts) to family and friends. It’s very common to bring home Longganisa (pork sausages) from Ilocos. They stink a bit because they’re filled with garlic which is why they can only be checked in the plane and not hand carried. All that trouble is worth it because they are soooo good!

Laoag Market

written by ak47lomogurl on 2010-08-19 #places #market #philippines #bell-tower #garlic #location #city #travel-destination #laoag #ilocos-norte


  1. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    @ak47lomogurl looked like you had fun trekking the north! :)

  2. ak47lomogurl
    ak47lomogurl ·

    @panelomo the la union trips i try to go every 2 months and then we make a sidetrip to pangasinan etc (weird though, we havent done a la union-baguio roadtrip haha). but the ilocandia trip was our company outing!! i got 4 more locations pending haha im just too lazy to write ^_______^

  3. ak47lomogurl
    ak47lomogurl ·

    @panelomo oh, and im soooo neglecting the south hahaha!

  4. krystelleteh-tcidda
    krystelleteh-tcidda ·

    Hello. I've read that you've been to Pangasinan during your sidetrips. I was wondering if you could help me with the bus routes I should take to reach Pangasinan from Laoag and how much does it cost. I badly need some help. :>

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