Monday, April 4, 2011

Explore the North Side: Pagudpud

Music: Jay Sean (the songs have been gathering dust)

Welcome to Pagudpud

I didn’t plan on having March as a “travel month” for me but it ended that way. I just wanted to celebrate my birthday early in Palawan but ended up traveling til the end of the month.

Side note: Although the Bicol trip was an emergency, my granny died (my mom’s aunt), God bless her beautiful soul so I had to go home to pay respect to her for the last time. She was always smiling even when life got rough. Anyway, that’s a different story.

My friends from work have been planning on visiting Vigan for a few months now. We didn’t really have the exact date up until the first week of March. We made sure it was right smack to our bonuses so we could have enough moolah to spend. The trip was actually great, it was short but great.

I usually go to Baguio each year, every year to be exact for work and to hang out with friends so it is never really that new to me. Every time I go there, I wonder, why I haven’t visited Vigan and Pagudpud yet. So this year I made it happen.
We left work at 6pm to make sure we get to the terminal right on time.

Bus: Florida (located at Manila)
Route: Pagudpud (make sure you get the bus ticket straight to Pagudpud)
Fare: 700 pesos from Manila to Pagudpud
Travel Time: Approximately 11 hours (12 hours max)


We go to Pagudpud around 6:00 AM and it was pouring! We didn’t expect it would be that rainy that morning since the last time I checked, the weather was clear that weekend for the North side. We got off the bus not knowing where to go (still sleepy and we took the trip nomadic style – backpacking). We didn’t have any contact in Pagudpud, did not reserve any room in any resort. We found kuya Boyet, our trike tour guide. We asked him if he could take us to a place where its cheap but clean – we just needed to shower and change because we were only staying there for a day.

Tour guide fee: 1200 the whole day  (you can tip him more if you want) – includes North and South Side trip (Bangui Windmills, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Kabigan Falls, Caves, Patapat Viaduct, Blue Lagoon etc. pictures later would speak of the spots)

Name: Boyet Ganno
Trike Number: 076
Contact: +639302851599

Kuya Boyet


He took us to Jun and Carol, an okay place for a day. We didn’t really care about the view and what not since we will be touring the South and the North Side. We paid 800 pesos for a room which could house 4 people as there were 2 queen size beds there.

We left the cottage around 9:30 to start our trip. We traveled around 45 minutes to Bangui, mind you I was sitting outside the trike so I suggest if that’s the case (if you rented a trike tour) put on a tonful of sun block. I don’t need to explain any further.

Bangui windmills. Great innovation to generate power. I don’t need to say more.


windmills on the left facing the sea

aaah amazing sight of technology and nature

it was really windy really and the waves were big


After enjoying the breeze at Bangui, we were off to see Cape Bojeador Lighthouse about 20 mins trike ride yet again.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse up close

Afar: Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

After enjoying the view at Cape Bojeador, we were starving so we asked Kuya Boyet to take us to a place where there is good food. He was actually going to bring us to one of those carrenderias, but we decided to ask for a good place to eat. He brought us to BergBlick resto, (after nearly an hour trike ride) there was good food there! It’s a Dutch-Filipino Resto.

Entrance to BergBlick cozy place

chicken with mushroom and asparagus (since I couldnt eat pork due to my abstinence for lent)

Bagnet - nuff said. too bad i couldnt eat not even a single bite

Full from all the food we ordered, we headed to Kabigan Falls. You need to register and pay 10 pesos per person for entrance fee plus a tour guide fee for about 100 pesos or more depends on how much generosity you have in you.


beautiful falls! my slippers almost lost its life tho from the rapids

After our 30 minute trek (30 mins up, 30 mins down and about 10 mins stay at the spot we went straight to Patapat Viaduct.

I forgot to mention, the weather did clear up that morning when we left the cottage. So God was on our side that weekend. 


Patapat Viaduct was awesome! I was able to have my weird photos on the street because there were only few cars passing by and since it’s a long highway it took a while for trucks, vans, cars to pass by. YES!

Patapat Viaduct




street prayer

By this time of the day, I was really wishing I put on sun block (I thought it would be really gloomy that day). I was being roasted by the naked sun!

We headed to Blue Lagoon, you have to pay 20 pesos for entrance fee to see Bantay Abot Cave, Dos Hermanos, and Blue Lagoon. It was worth it.

my friend grace at Bantay Abot Cave

i had to climb a few feet to get to that spot haha crouching tiger hidden dragon style!

Blue Lagoon is beautiful, the sound of the waves was calming.

my friends suz and grace at blue lagoon (yes i served as the photographer too - nothing new to that)

We ended the day around 5:00 pm. We had to go back to the cottage to make sure we make it to the bus stop around 6PM for Bantay (for our Vigan trip)

I am splitting this entry into two since the text and the pictures are already a handful for Pagudpud.

If you guys wish to visit in Pagudpud on a budget, go hit up Kuya Boyet, he will take you around for that amount of money. Pretty sure you won’t regret it!

To be continued.....



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