Location: Brgy. Baballasioan, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur Type: Fan horsetail One of the waterfalls I have long wanted to visit and explore is Pinsal Falls in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. I have been going to the Ilocos Region countless times, mostly on group tours but due to lack of time and prioritizing other destinations, Pinsal Falls has proven to be elusive. Until this summer. At the fullness of its beauty, Pinsal Falls is undoubtedly one of the most majestic waterfalls in the country. With a crest of about 300 feet in width and main drop of 85 feet at in height, I yearn for aRead More →

Leaving Vigan City near dusk, I was glad to get a glimpse of a beautiful sunset in the Santa, Ilocos Sur side of the West Philippine Sea. So while cruising along the Manila North Road just before we reached Quirino Bridge and Abra River, I noticed this and immediately pulled out my camera to take some shots. Then near Sulvec Point, I once again got some pictures. Thank God for this beautiful sunset! Such a refreshing and reassuring sight. (155)Read More →

The Base Hospital of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL) was transferred to Tagudin, Ilocos Sur on May 27, 1945. This move brought the hospital closer to the frontline where the battle casualties and medical cases were tremendously heavy. The headquarters was installed at the municipal hall, while big tents were set up on the town plaza and on the market site as well as the big residential houses bordering the plaza were utilized as hospital wards. Manned at the height of the Philippine Liberation Campaign by 881 military and civilian personnel, this hospital was the biggest installation duringRead More →

The Philippines has two long-enduring clocks. It has existed before TAG Heuer or Rolex long became elite global brands. In fact, they are a lot older than the Big Ben in London. Withstanding the changing of times and seasons and of a world war and revolutions are two of the most enduring yet least known legacies of the Spanish colonization are the sun dials in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. From March 22 to September 23, 1841, the first sun dial in the Philippines was built by Father Juan Sorolla in what is now the compound of St. Augustine Church and School. (In the picture above, someRead More →

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