From Ilocos Sur

Top 12 Long Weekend Destinations from Manila (No Flights Needed)

Being a full-time employee in Manila is no joke. Every single morning, stress (in the form of horrendous traffic) greets you even before you step into the office. Then you spend at least nine hours of your day working your butt off. You end the day enduring another hour or two stuck in a sea of cars. When you get home, you just collapse into your bed because you’re too tired to do anything else. The next day, you repeat the same routine all over again. No wonder we have an undying love for weekends.

But you know what we love more? Long weekends. When a non-working holiday falls just around a weekend, we know it means more time to relax, pamper ourselves, and do the things that we love. One of these: travel.

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VIGAN: A Museum City in Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a museum city. Established in the 16th century, this historic city gives the new generation the best glimpse of a planned colonial town during the Spanish rule in the Philippines. It is also one of the few European trading towns in Southeast Asia that are still in exceptional condition.

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Crisologo Museum: Some History, Some Politics in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Straight from Baluarte, the Poor Traveler and his poor group were on our way to Crisologo Museum. Who are the Crisologos, you ask? Welcome to the club. That was also my first reaction when our tour guide announced where we were heading to. I’m not that familiar with the history of the Ilocos Region and so the place didn’t appeal to me at first but it sure has some surprises in store for visitors, even those who are not really into history.

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Bantay Church and Belfry: Ilocos Sur, Philippines

When the Poor Traveler and his poor friends were planning a cheap trip to the Ilocandia, we weren’t expecting much. We just wanted to see three things — Vigan, Pagudpud and the Bangui Windmills. We hired a budget travel agency to take us on a road trip to Ilocos for only P3,300 per person and we had no idea what was in store for us. Thus, we were really surprised that the Ilocos Region had so much beautiful places to offer to tourists. One of these places was the Bantay Church and Belfry.

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