Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province and Pagudpod City, Ilocos Norte Province

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Province and Pagudpod City, Ilocos Norte Province, Philippines
February 20, 2017.

My aunt and her officemates decided to go to Vigan and Pagudpod at Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Philippines a few days ago and I just tagged along with them. The scenery on both places was truly breathtaking. I saw a lot of really old buildings and whatnot, we’re talking about really old structures, more than a hundred years that was a product and greatly influenced by our country’s first colonizers, the Spaniards. Most Filipinos don’t know this and foreigners also think that Filipinos are direct descendants of Hispanics (except of course for a few who really do have some Spanish blood in their veins living here in the Philippines) but truth is, Filipinos were just forced to line-up during the Spanish-era in our country and baptized our forefathers with Spanish-sounding surnames. My name (Arvin) sounds “American”, my middle name is Chinese, which is “Ang” (my granddad on my mother’s side is pure Chinese. He immigrated here in the Philippines a very long time ago.) and my surname sounds “Hispanic”, which is “Valenzuela” but we Filipinos still belong to the “Malay” race. Some say we’re pacific islanders. Back in the dinosaur age, Filipinos doesn’t even use surnames, they call themselves with who their father is, like, “Ding Dong” son of “Bong Bong”. Foreigners will think this actually sounds really funny. There’s a guy in this world named, “Bong Bong”, like a stoner guy and his son is “Ding Dong”, sounds like a doorbell but those names are actually the true and authentic Filipino names that we have. That’s enough for today’s history lesson, people. 😀

Cheers,
Vin

Blue Lagoon and Bangi Wind Farm at Ilocos Norte. The wind was so strong, you could actually hear it on these videos I took. The wind also makes the windmills work.

Cebu City, Visayas Province

Cebu City, Visayas Province, Philippines (2016)

Me and some of my family relatives had a 5-day vacation at Cebu City, mostly in Oslob and in Malabuyoc, also located in Cebu City. We went to different waterfalls, different beach locations and even saw an actual Philippine Whale Shark (We call them Butanding in Tagalog/Filipino). Me and my relatives enjoyed it a lot and it was a fun-filled experience. After a few days under the scorching hot sun in Cebu, it’s really good to be back home here in Manila.

Cheers,
Vin


The red circle on the image below is a Butanding or a Whale Shark:

Baguio City, Benguet Province

Baguio City, Benguet Province, Philippines (2013)

June 2, 2013. We went to my aunt and uncle’s house in Baguio City to check out their new house which is still currently being built. The house looks great. The two day trip was full of fun and excitement. I miss going to Baguio for a vacation like what we mostly do during holy week year after year when I was still young. I saw my relatives and we all had a blast and felt the cold weather again in Baguio because it’s a city literally on top of a very large mountain.

Cheers,
Vin

Tagaytay City, Cavite Province

Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines (2012)

Two of my aunts had their birthday treat at Tagaytay City. There’s only a few places to go in that place, in terms of tourist spots but the climate feels really good because of the coldness just like in Baguio City, not to mention the food that you can eat like Bulalo, Crispy-deep fried fish’ ( I forgot the name of the fish. heh heh ), just to name a few.

Cheers,
Vin