Friday, February 4, 2011

Ilocos Diary: Sitio Remedios

My Lola's family came from Bacarra.

My Lola’s family came from Bacarra.

After a 10-hour drive, I would have retired to the nearest bed immediately, if not for the sight of square wooden houses with capiz windows and intricate lacework, arranged in a row on opposite sides of a courtyard that was bordered on one end by a capilla and total darkness on the other, which, by the sound of the surf, I adjudged to be the sea. In an instant, I was five again, with my Lola Illang and Lolo Ninoy in our ancestral home, and life was simple again.

                The sala of Balay Bacarra

                 The lovely Balay Puraw

Stunning view over breakfast. You must try the bagnet with KBL, pinakbet, crispy dinardaraan (dinuguan), champorado (using local tsokolate) and fresh fish. Everything was good, really.

The chapel shaded by a 100-year-old tamarind tree

A view of the courtyard from the chapel. The sun dips right on the horizon. Sunset wedding, anyone?

Go to the Sitio Remedios website for more info. Rates start at P4,000 per night. The best time to go is when Dr. Cuanang is there because he’s such a gracious host and a passionate advocate of Ilocano culture. Plus, he arranges some of the most unique tours such as costume dinners in Vigan and has access to exclusive places in Ilocos Norte that are “for family and friends only.”

Posted May 17, 2010 in travelswithgusto.wordpress.com

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