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Lakbay Norte: A journey around North Luzon

4x4 vehicles at the wide expanse of the Ilocos Norte sand dunes

Last January 2010, I was invited by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau to join a media tour of travel writers and bloggers to experience North Luzon for seven days starting in Cagayan province all the way to Pampanga to sample the various local cuisines and experience the attractions offered by the various provinces along the route. I first traveled round the northern provinces of Luzon early in the decade just for the heck of it. It’s there, as the mountaineers would say and being a peripatetic and well traveled person, it was just one of the routes that I need to do.

When I was emailed by Ivan Henares, travel blogger and part of the North Philippines Visitors Bureau team, to join them, I immediately said yes. Its an opportunity to go through the route again, albeit at the opposite direction (I traveled Manila – Ilocos – Cagayan – Manila before) and experience these places through food, culture and the various activities. It’s also a venue to meet new people who are in my niche, especially the travel bloggers Ferdz, Nina, Anton and Melo. All these on an all expense paid trip with no worries of where to eat, where to sleep and how much money to bring. All things were taken cared of!

As what Ivan said:

1798 kilometers, 26 people, 9 CVBs*, 8 provinces in 4 regions, 7 days, one bus, one North Philippines! What a trip indeed!

Although I was there for 5 days only. Click here to check out the various posts in the series.

*Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

5 Comments

  1. Issa
    February 25, 2010 @ 20:54

    Sweet! I’ve been to the North before but we skipped the sand dunes. It looks so inviting in the photo pa naman! Next time I head to Ilocos Norte, I’ll definitely visit the dunes.

  2. Northern Exposure article in Living Today | langyaw
    March 18, 2010 @ 15:14

    […] Last January 2010, I was invited by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau to join a media tour of travel writers and bloggers to experience North Luzon for seven days starting in Cagayan province all the way to Pampanga to sample the various local cuisines and experience the attractions offered by the various provinces along the route. Northern Exposure is my second contribution (texts and photos) for the Destination Philippines travel feature in the Filipino – Canadian magazine, Living Today for March 2010 issue. Here, I’ve written about San Juan surfing in La Union and on Ilocos Norte like the sand dunes, food and Paoay Church which we visited last January during the lakbay norte trip. […]

  3. Wild 4×4 fun at the Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes | langyaw
    March 30, 2010 @ 19:08

    […] stretches for kilometers before bordered by the sea. Of all the places we’ve visited in our Lakbay Norte tour, this was the best experience. Last January 2010, I was invited by the North Philippines […]

  4. » Ang Langyaw looks back at 2010 | Langyaw: Sojourns and Off-the-Beaten Path Travels
    December 31, 2010 @ 15:13

    […] were lots of trips, free and personal. Lakbay Norte was just memorable with places that I can’t imagine doing alone. This was then followed up […]

  5. hanalie
    April 7, 2011 @ 16:59

    Its a great opportunity to travel North Luzon and experience these places through foods, culture and attraction offered by various province along the route. Visit the sand dunes, what a marvelous landscape. I have no words to describe how I’ve experience it. Another tourist destination for travelers for local and international people.

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