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Tracing roots…Badoc, Ilocos Norte

This is my fourth time in Ilocos province. Together with my family and relatives from Bicol, our main objective for this trip is to get acquainted with our relatives from my grandfather’s hometown in Badoc.

Municipality of Badoc is as 3rd class municipality in the province of Ilocos, Norte. Even if this place is not part of the usual Ilocos itinerary for tourist, Badoc has its own fair share of tourist spots.

Parish of St. John the Baptist

Also known as Badoc Church, estimated to be more than 200-year-old baroque style church made up of bricks and stone.


 It also has its bell tower and buttresses on the side of the church, a typical church design in Ilocos province.


 The church also houses the image of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc. Story tells that in year 1620, the image of the Blessed Mother and a statue of the Black Nazarene were seen floating on the shores of Sinait, Ilocos Norte. Fishermen from Sinait were able to move the Black Nazarene but not the image of Mother Mary while the fishermen from Badoc were able to moved La Virgen Milagrosa but not the Black Nazarene. The locals took the two statues to their respective towns, hence becoming their patron saints.

Slide3This year, the image is scheduled to be canonically crowned on May 31, being the 37th Canonically Crowned Marian Image in the Philippines.

Juan Luna Shrine

The Lunas were natives of Badoc Ilocos Norte. Juan, the internationally-acclaimed painter is born in Badoc while Antonio, a revolutionary general is born in Manila. That is probably why the two-storey ancestral house was named after Juan Luna.


Upon entering, there is an audio-visual presentation of the Luna’s history. At the second floor are rooms with antique bits and pieces of the family.


The museum has six galleries which houses memorabilia from the Luna folks particularly the paintings of Juan and some of Antonio’s belongings.


 Gabut Beach Resort

Most of my relatives live near the seashore. I, being a beach enthusiast find this place a blessing for them. Who would not want to have a residence walking distance to a beach?


 Our relatives scheduled a get together lunch in Gabut Beach Resort, a resort about 1 kilometer from their abode. We are happy to see some familiar faces and finally got acquainted with the others.


Special thanks to our gracious hosts kuya Nelson Duran and family for the food and booze, kuya Andring Nicolas and his 3 sons for welcoming us to their beautiful home, to Llyod for accompanying us on our Badoc tour, to the Pajinag, Magbulos and all the Balbas clan I was not able to mention.


Ilocanos are known for being “kuripot”… probably not in my relative’s case =)


Nogas Island, Antique

Nogas island is a 26-hectare marine and bird sanctuary, also part of the municipality of Anini-iy. You can get to the island from Siraa-an Hot Spring for 10-15mins boat ride. Boat ride is P500 good for 10 pax. Environmental fee is P20 per person.

a (5) There are a lot to see in the island, white sand, mangroves, beautifully lined up trees and the light house. But due to time constrained, we were not able to set foot on the island. We just had the glimpse of the island from Siraa-an Hot Spring.


(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Western Visayas Region plus Negros Occidental)

Siraa-an Hot Spring, Antique

Siraa-an Hot Spring is a resort on a cliff overlooking the sea. It has a large swimming pool and several mini pools where you can relax while enjoying the sea view.

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The resort is managed by the Local Government Unit of Anini-iy. Entrance fee is P20 for local and P50 for foreign.

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(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Western Visayas Region plus Negros Occidental)


Antique is a part of Western Visayas Region with 18 municipalities and San Jose being the Capital. It is accessible by land via Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo.

a (2)For our road trip in the provinces of Antique, Iloilo and Capiz, we rented a van for a whole day including the drop off to Iloilo airport. We were able to get the service of Kuya Tata, contact number 09299596690. We rented the van for P2,300 excluding fuel. Our fuel cost P950 plus P250 tip, total of P3,500 divided into 6.

(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Western Visayas Region plus Negros Occidental)

Island Hopping: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Nueva Valencia is also a third class municipality of Guimaras. The bay of Nueva Valencia alone boasts a cream-colored sand and with a mix of green and blue colored beach, wait ‘til you see the other islands around the municipality.


Raymen Beach Resort


It is where our pick up point for our island hopping tour. Entrance fee is P25.00 and you can swim at the shore after your island hopping experience.

Igang Marine Station-SEAFDEC


Short for Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. It houses plenty of marine species for research and reproduction purposes.

Ave Maria Islet


This islet is one of my favorites because it is (still) not commercialized. No manmade structure… only you, the fine sand, nice rock formation and crystal clear water.

Lamurawan Beach Resort


Distinct among other islands because of its white staircase and a huge grotto at the top. You can have a bird’s eye view of the other islands here.

Baras Cave


A small cave with two access point. You can get inside the cave during low tide.

Natago Beach


A good place to snorkel because of its rich coral reef reservoir.

 (you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Western Visayas Region plus Negros Occidental)