My 2013 Ylocandia Adventure (Mangan Series)

So this is the last post on my Ylocandia adventure, and it’s all about food! Click on the restaurant’s addresses to see where they are located exactly.

We had lunch AND merienda at Abuelita’s on the first day. As it was one of my friends’ first time in Vigan, I just had to introduce her to the best bagnet and empanada in town! We also had duyduy, kaldereta and fresh ginger and onions which were all equally good.

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2013 Ilocandia - Abuelita's 2

Abuelita’s39 A. Reyes St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines 2700

+63 77 722 2368

Dinner was spent eating more bagnet and more pork in Bolusan Restaurant. It was my first time to taste Pork Insarabasab and I truly, truly enjoyed it as it was only salted lightly but still had that rich taste! Actually I enjoyed it more than Bolusan’s bagnet, which was also actually not bad.

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Bolusan Restaurant and Catering Services, Ablan Ave., Laoag, Ilocos Norte 2900

I didn’t get to take photos of our lunch at Hannah’s. But compared to all the other places that we’ve eaten in, it was the most expensive yet unfortunately, least satisfying.

But thankfully, we enjoyed our dinner from Chicken Ati-atihan which tasted really, really good cost us half the price of meals from Hannah’s! Chicken Ati-atihan is a Filipino restaurant so it serves dishes also known outside the Ilocos region. We had chicharong bulaklak, chicken skin, kinilaw na tuna and chop suey. This was the only place where we took a break from having bagnet.

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Chicken Ati-Atihan, General Segundo Avenue, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 2900

If you’re wondering where we had our breakfasts, then let me tell you where – we had all our breakfasts at Saramsam Ylocano Bar and Restaurant which is located right beside our hotel, Balay da Blas. The food was really delicious and energizing. I particularly loved their longganisa.

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Saramsam Ylocano Bar and Restaurant, #10 Giron St. Brgy. 7-B Laoag City Ilocos Norte, Philippines 2900

Our last food stop for the whole trip was La Preciosa, where we had lunch on the third day. We ordered bagnet and lumo-lumo. The bagnet here was also good. What surprised me was Norte’s lumo-lumo that looked and tasted a lot different from the lumo-lumo of Sur that I was accustomed to, but in a good way. Its broth was a beautiful rich yellow, and had scallions and native tomatoes in it. Glad I ordered it as I discovered something new and really savory.


La Preciosa, J.P. Rizal Street, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines 2900
+63 77 773 1162

I’m finishing this entry by writing about Balay da Blas Pensionne House, where we stayed.

The hotel is composed of 2 buildings, with each one representing the best of the old and the modern. We stayed in the modern building which looked really small and simple but actually has rooms that are spacious, clean and relaxing. What I liked most about Balay da Blas was that its staff was very patient, accommodating and friendly which added to the really happy and positive vibe we had throughout the trip.

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Balay da Blas is located at #10 Giron St. Brgy. 7-B Laoag City Ilocos Norte. Its contact details are the following:

Office: +63 (77) 770 4389
Sun: +63 (922) 882 6907
Smart: +63 (920) 968 6695
Globe: +63 (917) 550 7522

So that would be it for my Ilocano adventure! Until my next travel!



I featured the restaurant Abuelita’s in one of my earliest blog posts. More than a year later, this simple restaurant has earned rave reviews and was recently featured in GMA News TV’s “Ang Pinaka” (“The Most” in English), as one of the best restaurants in Ilocos Sur.  I’m glad that it is getting the national recognition it deserves.

Don’t forget to stop by Abuelita’s when you’re in Vigan!

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Ilocos Sur Trip Part 2 (Baluarte Zoo, Vigan)

The first time I visited Baluarte was in 1998. I never really called the place “Baluarte”  – I called it “Chavit’s House”, and I called it so it  felt very homely despite its large size. We were able to visit some private quarters then. Until now I remember the giant tree growing from inside one … Continue reading

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