Most people visiting Ilocos in Northern Philippines, would most of the time, make their way to the established tourist destinations of the region (ie Vigan, Laoag, Paoay, Pagudpud to name a few). What most travellers do not know are the countless equally stunning vistas dotting the Ilocandia coastline that are visit-worthy.
Case in point is the town of Currimao – an often ignored destination in Ilocos Norte. This town facing the West Philippine Sea boasts off a series of shallow tidal pools and serrated, coral-like rock formations that extend to about two kilometres along the Pangil Bay. Pangil Coral Rock Gardens as it is called, is an impressive work of nature where people can swim in the concealed rock pools with cobalt to jade color.
These coral rocks looks like they were intentionally slashed at almost the same height (around 10-12 feet). It is said that these calcified masses, were at one point, used as materials in building the imposing baroque churches across Ilocos region.
As an enthusiast of landscape photography (and a fondness for rock formations), I immediately fell in adoration with this masterpiece. My visit to this place was part of my short stint in Currimao. I wish to be back and wait for the sundown the next time I am at this part of Ilocos. Knowing that this side of the country almost, always shows off some of the best sunset view, I can only envision a sure fire picture-perfect view.
How to Get to Pangil Rock Gardens:
From Manila ride an Ilocos bound bus from Cubao (some in Pasay) Terminal. Bus lines like Genesis, Partas, Viron and Florida have regular trips to the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilcos Sur and La Union. Ride a bus that is Laoag-bound then get off in the Currimao – Paoay junction. From the junction, ride a tricycle to Pangil.
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