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Ilocos Norte: La Paz Sand Dunes

Located near Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte, La Paz Sand Dunes is widely known as the Desert of the North. La Paz Sand Dunes covers an area of approximately 85 square kilometers. It is locally known as Bantay Bimmaboy. With an elevation that ranges 10 to 30 meters, La Paz Sand Dunes has a very appealing panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea.
With its unique landscape, typical to those in the Middle Eastern countries, La Paz Sand Dunes has become a popular site for shooting local and foreign films. This might be due to the cheaper production cost compared to those of the Middle Eastern counterparts. Some of the local films shot in the area are: Panday, Himala, and Temptation Island. Portions of the Hollywood films like Born in the Fourth of July and Mad Max were also shot in the sand dunes.
Today, La Paz Sand Dunes is gaining a new form of popularity because of the newly introduced sport of sand boarding.
My wife and i decided to join the fray but the heat of the sun quickly za…

Iskong Bantay Watchtower - Quezon

Located at Barangay Zone 1 -Poblacion in the municipality of Atimonan in Quezon Province, Iskong Bantay Watchtower is the last of the seven Spanish-Era structure of its kind built in Southern Luzon. Iskong Bantay Watchtower was built sometime in 1752. It has a good view of Lamon Bay and the island of Alabat. The tower served as an observation and defense tower during the times when pirate raids were rampant in the southern parts of Luzon. The tower also served as a weather observatory, which determines if the fishermen of the town could do their jobs or not. The watchtower was named after Francisco Tandas, fondly called Isko by the townsfolks. He was the chief defender of the town during the vicious pirate raid of 1872. His courage during the raid earned him the respect of the people of the town. Hence, he was later called Iskong Bantay or Isko the Guardian. Years ago the watchtower had a steel roof and was frequented by lovers. Sadly, it was locked down due to some cases of indecenci…

Pasay City: Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Located adjacent the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal III in the City of Pasay, the Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus has one of the most eye-catching architectural design among the churches in Manila.  Also called Shrine of St. Therese and Columbarium, this unique looking church actually started as a makeshift chapel constructed in 1947 by a chaplain assigned in the Philippine Air Force. Originally, the church is dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. It was expanded and reconstructed several times in order to serve the spiritual needs of the increasing number of Philippine Air Force personnel. The church underwent a major reconstruction in the 1980s. It was then consecrated on December 16, 1983, and was dedicated to St,. Therese of the Child Jesus by Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. Pilgrim relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus "visited" the church during the Great Jubilee year of 2000. The church was declared Di…

Cavite: People's Park in the Sky

Located in Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite, People's Park in the Skywas built to accommodate (and please) a visitor who never came.

Built in 1979 under the instruction of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, People's Park in the Sky was formerly known as the Palace in the Sky. In order for the "mansion" to be built the highest point of Tagaytay had to be leveled off to about half its size. The main reason behind this permanent change in the natural landscape is simply hospitality. The mansion was intended to be the guest house of the visiting former California Governor Ronald Reagan -he never came.
The mansion was half-finished when the People Power Revolution broke out and the Marcos regime fell. The Palace in the Sky was then renamed People's Park in the Sky and local and foreign visitors are then allowed access in the vicinity.

What I love about the park is its cold climate, there are also times when the whole park is enveloped in thick fog. Aside from th…


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