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Pagudpud



INTRO:



A haven in the north. Pagudpud is a a sprawling and scenic town on the northwest tip of Luzon, in Ilocos Norte to be exact.
Some say the name pagudpud came from a tale about a group of tagalog peddlers selling wares........ they were very tired and one of them said, "Pagud na pagud na ako. Pudpud na rin ang sapatos ko." (I'm so tired and my shoes are worn out)


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MUST SEE/ACTIVITIES:


Sites:

Pagudpud - kabigan falls
kabigan falls
kabigan falls

Description:
this is a 30-minute trek to the falls........ but the trek to the falls is scenic too so there's no way you'll get bored.......... you also have to cross some streams and shallow river on your way to kabigan falls......... plus there are also very few steep steps.....

entrance fee is Php15.00/person

Pagudpud - you'll see a lot of this on your way to kabigan
you'll see a lot of this on your way to kabigan
streams

Description:
there are streams on your way to kabigan falls........

maira-ira
maira-ira
maira-ira beach (blue lagoon)

Description:
it was raining the first time i went here so no blue skies for me *sad*....... we weren't able to swim also because the water is cold and the waves are high because of the wind......... but according to the locals, the beach is pretty during summer because the water is really blue so when me and my officemates drove to pagudpud to quench our "lakwatsa" thirst it was sunny and we were able to see what maira ira really looks like.... and boy oh boy! blue lagoon (or maira ira as they call it) is indeed beautiful!

patapat viaduct
patapat viaduct
patapat viaduct

Description:
this place is very scenic.......with the road hugging the hills to your right and the ocean to your left, simply beautiful........ but then again, it was raining when we were in pagudpud so the picture i have at patapat viaduct is kind of dull *sigh*.........

paraiso ni san anton
paraiso ni san anton
paraiso ni san anton

Description:
refresh yourself in the springs of paraiso ni san anton

agua grande
agua grande
agua grande

Description:
where the fresh water and salt water meets........... you can also take a dip here or have a picnic......... entrance is 15.00 for adult......

saud beach
saud beach
saud beach

Description:
another famous beach in pagudpud...........

bantay-abot
bantay abot
bantay-abot

Description:
i'm a photography enthusiast and scenes like this wows me!
but it was raining!! this picture might be perfect if the skies were blue..... howel!

fisherman of saud
fishermen w/ their fresh catch
fisherman of saud

Description:
watch the fishermen of saud while they unload their catch for the day.....





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FOOD and RESTOS:
polaris
polaris beach house
polaris beach house

Description:
you can ask them to cook your meal for the day........
it's Php150.00 for half a kilo of fish or pork or chicken.........
10.00/cup of rice..... and 10.00/softdrink..........

HOTEL and ACCOMODATIONS
polaris
polaris beach house
polaris beach house

Description:
the rooms are comfortable.... all rooms are with a/c and own bath..... there's tv in the common room for watching your favorite shows or for hitting the microphone for some videoke sessions........ we had our room for 1,500/room/night...good for 3 persons.... you can ask me-an to lower the price to 1,000 during off peak season....... they have a room with 3 queen size bed....good for 8 to 10 persons..... it costs 2,500/room/night......

Unique Qualities:
cheap and the staffs are very accomodating

Directions:
take a tricycle at pagudpud's town proper or at baduang market...... fare is 30/tricycle...

Contact Nos:
Mean Santos - 0919.307.8803
Steven Santos - 0920.239.6138

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NIGHTLIFE
sorry....not much nightlife....
but you can try some videoke sessions at polaris beach resort...
singing is allowed till 9pm only

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


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TOURIST TRAPS


WARNINGS OR DANGERS

don't go there during the rainy season
although you can still enjoy pagudpud even if it's raining, it's still best to go there when the sun is cheerfully hanging in the sky........


expensive food at maira-ira by sweet_sentiments

Description:
i suggest you ask your resort to cook your meal if you're planning to eat at maira-ira (blue lagoon)..... the price there is a total rip off.....

At Least Do This:
maybe you can try haggling.....

Alternative:
bring in some food before going to maira-ira (blue lagoon)...............

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GETTING THERE and AROUND
rcj
rcj bus lines
rcj bus lines


Getting TO:
you can take an rcj bus to take you directly to pagudpud...........
the last trip is at 8:30pm....... you will arrive at pagudpud around 9:00am.........
the terminal is located at lacson st. corner espanya st........ to go there take an MRT to cubao..... from cubao take a quiapo/espanya jeep......tell the driver to drop you off at lacson st. (lacson st. is before U.S.T. school)......... cross the other side of the street (to your left if your facing the stop light)....... then go straight ahead, the first corner to your left is the rcj terminal........ btw, you don't have to cross the lacson st......
take a bus that would go to cagayan and tell the driver to drop you off at pagudpud's baduang market....... from there you can take a tricycle to your resort......... or if you're staying at polaris resort they can fetch you from baduang market..........
fare is 450.00 (manila-pagudpud)


Phone:
781.9306/741.2994

trikes
trikes
trikes


AROUND:
tricycle can take you around pagudpud........ it is also your means of transpo to and from your resort.......

pagudpud tour taking a tricycle would cost you Php600/tricycle (good for 3 persons).......

we hired vincent to tour us around pagudpud....he's a great guide..... see his number below......


Phone:
(0920)708.3334 look for vincent

Travel Time:
    from manila to pagudpud - 10-12hrs


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Culture


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PACKING LIST
your swimsuit
goggles
life vest
sunblock
your favorite shades
flip flops
sarong or malong
hair conditioner
body moisturizer
after sun lotion/moisturizer/etc
camera
memory/CF card/rolls of film

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SHOPPING:
you can try the "bayan" for some souvenir shopping


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GENERAL TIPS:

pagudpud is a very scenic place...... i'm sure you'll enjoy it too when you see this place...... but it's a real bummer if you arrived during the rainy season (just like what happend to us).....

see below..... this is according to a local of pagudpud.......... you might find this useful when you're planning your pagudpud trip...

November to January is rainy season at pagudpud

June, July is typhoon months for pagudpud
Summer and October is the best time to go to pagudpud

Their town fiesta is in April


fondest memory:
i stepped on a big carabao poo on our way to kabigan falls..........hehehe....


links:
you can download the actual pagudpud expenses plus more tips here
and you can download my actual pagudpud itenerary here
visit these links if you plan to visit pagudpud:
    pagudpud.net
    ilocos-norte online.com
     marlin's pagudpud gallery


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