Ilocos Norte doesn’t fall short of cultural events. Get an open house tour of the Capitol every February 2 during the province’s foundation anniversary; experience local mardi gras, the Guling-Guling Festival, in Paoay before Ash Wednesday; witness beautiful processions and desert parties every May during the La Milagrosa Fiesta; celebrate Pres. Marcos’ day every September; get startled with the local ghost festival, Semana ti Ar-aria every October; and witness the largest cultural event in the Northern Philippines, the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festival every November.
Don’t mind the heat of the sun, it’s all part of your Ilocos Norte experience! Visit our farms and experience how to farm dragon fruit, garlic, tobacco and more. Pass through the scenic Patapat Viaduct and trek the kalbario Patapat Natural Park in Pagudpud and Adams. Enjoy the virgin forest teeming with wildlife until you reach the base of a picturesque waterfall. The Tanap Avis and Kaangrian waterfalls of Burgos are also worthwhile destination to visit
From tasty, crispy high-end cholesterol shots like empanada(filled pastry), bagnet(deep fried pork belly) and longganisa(sausage), to unique sweet temptations dragon fruit ice cream, to the brighter side of healthy and innovative dishes like Pinakbet (mixed vegetables) Pizza and poqui-poqui (egg & eggplant dish) and to a lot more exotic marvel’s you’ve probably never heard of yet: Ilocos Norte serves the most unique menu. Because local artisans still practice their craft, visitors are provided the rare chance of witnessing the authentic works of the Ilocano people. One shouldn’t miss buying various genuine local products like Abel (woven textile), local baskets and Damili (clay pottery).
After you’ve said “Yes”, preparations for the wedding begin and you start thinking about your dreamy wedding hideaway. Ilocos Norte grants you many more besides historic churches. You can choose among heritage houses, scenic coastlines, tribal communities to age old recipes and traditional fabric. Ilocos Norte is the best place to say “I do”.