ILOCOS here we come!
Every year, during the summer season, we’re driving up to the north to go on vacation with my family in my grandmother’s hometown – Candon, Ilocos Sur. It is one of the cites in Ilocos Sur dubbed as the Tobacco Capital City of the Philippines. It also has a lot of beaches to offer where you can spend the swimming and bonding with your family.
Calamay is one of the famous native food there. It means “sugar.” It’s a sticky sweet delicacy that is popular in many regions of the Philippines.
I really love the surrounding and the ambiance. For it feels so good and relaxing. Unlike in Manila where you’ll hear a lot of noise and face the pollution It is very peaceful and quiet here .
If you ever feel like you want to know more about our culture and history, you can always go to the Vigan – still a part of Ilocos Sur. Its a one and a half drive from Candon. It is famous for being one of the oldest towns in the Philippines for its old houses, cobblestone streets that survived the Spanish Colonial era. Being there feels like traveling back in that time where we were still colonized by the Spaniards. Calle Crisologo Street is known for the Spanish houses of rich families back then during the Spanish era. It is a place where history feels alive.
You shouldn’t miss their famous longanisa and freshly baked empanada if you’re visiting there.
There are a lot of souvenir shops where you can buy pasalubong. And hotels where you can stay for a night.
I would say that my summer is definitely complete, fun and awesome when we go out of town with my family every year. Looking forward to another summer trip again.