Goodbye 2013.

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Thank God for motorcycling, I am able to reach places I’ve only dreamed about and explore the beauty of our country. My last hurrah for 2013: The highest point in the Philippine Highway system in Atok, Benguet. It was quite fulfilling to travel this far and enjoy the breathtaking views. We are all blessed, happy new year! Live Free

Palawan Adventure Ride

Palawan Adventure by The Pinoy Rider

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The Provincial Map of Palawan

Just a week after traveling to the beautiful Kaybiang Tunnel in Ternate, I went on a birthday trip to Palawan. Initially, I wanted to bring my Honda CBR to Palawan but upon checking the costs, I figured maybe next time when I get rich, so I just booked a plane ticket. It was alright with me because I knew that motorbike rental shops in Palawan are abundant. I also knew some people who are renting out their own bikes so bike condition wouldn’t be a problem.

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Inside Racing Magazine Vol 11 No. 10 featuring The Pinoy Rider’s Epic Ride to Cebu via Bicol-Samar-Leyte

Hi Guys, please grab the latest copy of InsideRACING Magazine (Volume 11 Number 10) and read about my journey from Metro Manila to Cebu via Bicol – Samar – Leyte, right before Typhoon Yolanda hit Visayas. Hopefully this Epic Ride will serve as a guide for future travelers who would like to travel the same route as it contains all the necessary information to help you on your trip: from the route you will take up to the RoRo details you will need. Though it is difficult, it is possible – all 3 islands and 1100 kilometers of it. Live free…

Inside Racing Magazine featuring The Pinoy Rider

The world’s biggest Butaka in Isabela

During one of my recent trips to the Province of Isabela, I chanced upon this huge fixture by the side of the main highway of Ilagan, Isabela. At first, I thought it was just some sort of a decoration. But upon looking closely, it dawned upon me that this big structure was actually one of Isabela’s Pride – as it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest rocking chair.

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Going inside one of the windmills of Northwind Bangui Bay Project (aka Bangui Windmills)

The long row of windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Sur is a sight to behold. It is so unusual in the Philippines that some people travel up to 1200 kilometers by land just to see it. I even know some people who has included the Bangui Windmills in their bucket list.

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I’ve been to the NorthWind Bangui Bay Project for a couple of times now, both as part of a Northern Luzon Loop solo expedition, but this time would be different.

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.

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Epic Ride: Tarlac Back in Time

“Tarlac: Back in time”

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The Filipino Flag Standing High and Proud in Tarlac

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The Majestic Paoay Church

I am very much amazed by the sheer number of old-churches The Philippines has. Of the hundreds of old-style churches that we have here, only 4 of them are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Your trip to Ilocos wouldn’t be complete without visiting the marvelous Paoay Church.

Located in the sleepy town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, the San Agustin church boasts of high and thick walls serving as its fortress. With a beauty to die for, visiting this one is a must.

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Laoag City at night

Almost 500 kilometers from Manila, Laoag City is the capital of the Northernmost province in Luzon Island – Ilocos Norte.

Most of the pictures we see about Laoag road trips are often during the day time, but have you seen Laoag at night?

Join me as I explore Laoag City through the lens of my camera.

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A Visit to Museo Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is a province rich in Philippine History and old-style culture. Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City holds many remnants of that authentic Filipino lifestyle.

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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nuestra Senora dela Asuncion Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur

The Baroque Churches of the Philippines is the official designation to a collection of four Spanish-era churches in the Philippines, upon its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. They are also one of the most treasured in the Country. The collection is composed of the following:

  • San Agustin Church in Manila
  • Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
  • San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
  • Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo

These churches have been at the forefront of Philippine history, not just in furthering Christianity in the archipelago, but in serving as the political backbone of Spanish colonial rule, when Church and State were regarded as one. The unique architecture of the churches didn’t just reflect the adaptation of Spanish/Latin American architecture to the local environment (including the fusion with Chinese motifs), but also of the Church’s political influence. These churches had been subject to attacks by local revolts and rebellions, hence, most had the appearance of a fortress, rather than just serving as mere religious structures. This is especially noteworthy in the case of Santa Maria Church, located on top of a hill, serving as a citadel during times of crisis. Miag-ao Church also withstood the occasional attacks of Muslims from the south. Further, the location of the Philippines along the Pacific Ring of Fire called for the emphasis on the buttresses and foundations of these churches, with some being seriously damaged, but eventually rebuilt after an earthquake

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The marker was built in honor of the soldiers and guerillas who bravely fought the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II.

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