Laoag the City of Light
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
9Trip End Jan 13, 2008
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From the hotel past the hour of 3pm, we went to dap-ayan ti ilocos norte for our afternoon snacks. The name of the place is the local dialect for food court of Ilocos Norte.
Dap-ayan ti ilocos norte is located just a few steps from the Capitol building.
The park has at least three historical monuments on it - the Oblation, the historical city marker and the Tobacco Monopoly Monument.
Another church noteworthy of its manificent grayish facade is the catholic church of San Nicolas located just across the Padsan River. It was built in 1701 and is one of the oldest buildings in the province. We went there for a quick visit riding a kalesa. And just before sunset, we headed back to the hotel to wash up for dinner.
In pink motiff, we had our dinner at La Preciosa Restaurant - Laoag's finest! They served the tastiest pinakbet with bagnet, and the best carrot cake i've ever tasted. Pinakbet or pakbet is a popular Ilocano dish which is usually cooked until almost dry and shrivelled and the flavors of the vegetables are emphasized and accentuated by bagoong (fermented shrimp fry). Bagnet is another local dish which pork meat seasoned and sun dried. But before our orders arrived, they served us with pica-pica (local chips) with vinegar dip.
After our sumptuous dinner, we decided to take a walk back to the park. This time we were surprised by the evening lights. There it was the well-lighted gigantic Christmas tree made up of corn cobs. The Sinking Bell Tower was also lighted.
Just before midnight, we headed back to the hotel. My travel companions called it a day while I went out for a bottle of beer with a local friend. Bjorn fetched me and showed me the city's nightlife. We went to Mall 365 where the most happening bar in town is located, E-Bar.
Beer.. lights.. sounds.. capped my first day in Laoag.
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