Location: Brgy. Saoang–Sabangan–Camindoroan, San Juan, Ilocos Sur
The bay served as port for Japanese warships during World War II. On October 18, 1944, Liberation forces bombers attacked the bay and destroyed the warships setting the bay on fire and killing hundreds of Japanese soldiers.
the Baptist Church
Location: San Juan, Ilocos Sur
During the World War II, Japanese forces held hostage many locals during the war and threatened to bomb the church if no one revealed the burial site of fallen comrades.
Location: Cervantes, Ilocos Sur
The Battle of Besang Pass was won by the USAFIP, NL on June 14, 1945. Besang Pass served as the backdoor to General Yamashita’s last defense during the end of World War II.
Location: Tagudin Municipal Hall, Ilocos Sur
Built by the Spaniards in 1841 and 194, these sundials are still used by the locals to this day.
Location: San Esteban, Ilocos Sur
The watchtower, according to old folks and registry from the National Historical Institute, served as a vanguard against approaching pirates during the Spanish era.
Location: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Located in between St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and the Provincial Capitol, the elliptical plaza was named after the founder of Viga, Don Juan de Salcedo.
Location: Brgy. Babalasiwan, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
Found a few kilometer ayaw from the highway, the falls features the ‘footprint’ of Ilocano legendary giant, Angalo.
Location: Santiago, Ilocos Sur
It is gifted with a golden sand beach with amenities for picnic, swimming and diving
Location: Salcedo, Ilocos Sur
The falls is embraced by lush greens of the rainforest of Salcedo. Visitors can scale the top of the falls through a steep pathway. Tourist are assisted and guarded by the Baluarte Barangay tanods.
Location: Brgy. Sulvec, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
Aside from its cool water and rocky shore, the Paraiso ni Juan is located at the shoreline where a grotto sits atop a huge rock.
Location: Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur
The image of its patron, Sta. Lucia, dates back as far as the 19th century. The parish was established since 1586.
De La Asuncion Church
Location: Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur
Also called the Church of the Assumption, the church was designated as a National Historical Landmark on Sept. 26, 1982 and included in the World Heritage List on December 11 1993. Visitors will have to walk an 82-step stairway to reach the church built atop a hill.
Location: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Erected through the orders of Juan de Salcedo, the conquistador and Founder of Villa Fernandina (Vigan City) in 1574, the church became a cathedral when the the seat of the Diocese of Nueva Segovia was transferred from Lal-lo, Cagayan, to Vigan in 1758.
Santo Cristo Milagroso
Location: Sinait, Ilocos Sur
The miraculous image of the crucified Christ, locally called as “Apo Lacay” was said to have drifted ashore in Logo, a sitio in Brgy. Dadalaquiten along the boundary of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and Badoc, Ilocos Norte, along with the La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc. The two towns decided to separate the two; La Virgen for the people of Sinait and Apo Lacay for the people of Badoc. Unfortunately, the men of the towns carried their own image but to no avail. When the respective parish priest decided to exchange instead, the men who tried to carry the images surprised that they were able to carry the santos without any problem.
Festival of Arts
Place: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Date: first week of May
Since its first celebration in 1993, the festival features a calesa parade, Binatbatan street dancing, ramada games, religious rituals, santacruzan, bankathon, exhibits, trade/food fairs, abel-iloco fashion show and other exciting events.
Place: Sinait, Ilocos Sur
Date: May 1 – 3
Patterned with the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, USA, the event recognizes the garlic industry, the farmers, and aims to educate visitors and local residents on the importance of the garlic industry to Philippine economy. Highlights of the Sinait Bawang (Garlic) Festival include garlic cooking and presentation, Search for the Most Beautiful Cow and Carabao, Search for the Biggest Garlic Bulb and Garlic Bundling, and the Search for Sinait Garlic Festival Queen