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Lakbay Norte 2: Kapuluan Vista Resort

Day 3 of Lakbay Norte 2b ends at Kapuluan Vista Resort in Ilocos Norte. While the group will continue on to Adams, this is my last stop with the group, as I need to fly back to Manila the following day. It was dark when we finally rolled into Mairaira, and we were all speculating just how bad the weather would be in the coming days, judging by the fierce winds.

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Kapuluan Vista Resort

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Lakbay Norte 2: Checking in at Cagayan

After a 4-hour delay, we finally made it back to Cagayan. We’re on the second leg of Lakbay Norte 2, and we’re going to explore more of North Luzon.

Cagayan Museum
First stop: Cagayan Museum

Tuguegarao
Due to the delay, we had limited time to spend in the Cagayan Museum at the provincial capitol complex. Just enough time to eat a Cagayan favorite: pancit batil patong. I love pancit and the unique twist they put in this favorite noodle dish. It’s just noodles sauteed with sauce topped with chopped onions, poached egg, pork broth, and seasoned with calamansi or vinegar and soy sauce.
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Lakbay Norte 2: Destination Pinatubo and Angeles

Pinatubo Crater

Pinatubo
Hiking to Pinatubo

Though I’m not a fan of hiking and trekking, this is one trek I just couldn’t say no to. Mount Pinatubo has considerably calmed down since its last major hissy fit eruption in 1991. What was once the site of calamity is now a popular tourist destination, attracting outdoor enthusiasts to fearlessly hike and swim in the volcano’s crater lake.
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Lakbay Norte 2: Destination La Union and Pangasinan

Pugo Adventure

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Benjamin crossing the hanging bridge

Opened just last September 2010, the Pugo Adventure in Pugo, La Union is quickly becoming a favorite among friends and family looking for fun and adventure. While most of the activities offered are not yet available, there’s still a number of things to do. Three zip lines of varying height are available for thrill seekers, while a racetrack for all-terrain vehicles are available for those who prefer to keep close to the ground.
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Lakbay Norte 2: Destination Baguio

I’m off to another jaunt through North Luzon thanks to the people behind the Northern Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB), their partners and member Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB). This year’s itinerary is a lot more lax than last year’s whirlwind race around North Luzon provinces. First in the list: Baguio.

Tam-awan Village
Tam-awan Village

Tam-awan Village
Built as a model village to showcase Ifugao architecture, the Tam-awan Village has grown beyond its modest inventory of three knocked-down huts to seven magnificent examples of Ifugao construction. Made with heavy hand-hewn timber, the Ifugao huts does not use any nails in its construction.
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Day 7: Clark, San Fernando and Quezon City

We woke up that last morning earlier than our alarm. Our departure time from Holiday Inn that morning was 8:50am — the latest that we had to leave in the past 6 days.

Victory Liner bus
Star Trooper, Darth Vader, Sayuri and Sabrina with the Lakbay Norte bus

We took our time getting ready and enjoying Mequeni’s breakfast buffet, and checked out of our hotel for the last time. Our activities in Clark that morning included El Kabayo and Paradise Ranch. Since there are only 6 horses available for riding, the group was split: half the group goes to Paradise Ranch on the Jeepney Juan (an airconditioned touring jeep), while the other half goes to El Kabayo on the Victory Liner Lakbay Norte bus.
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Lakbay Norte Day 6: Subic, Hacienda Luisita and Clark

This morning we woke up at White Rock Resort in Subic, tonight we’re sleeping at the Holiday Inn at Clark, Pampanga.

Beach cleanup at the Lighthouse
Lighthouse Beach Cleanup

It was another very early morning, starting with a 6am check out. We had a brief tour of the resort before heading out to the Lighthouse Marina for our breakfast. We were also there for the beach clean up event, though after the usual niceties, we boarded the bus again for a ride to the port.
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