Ang Pinaka Livable Cities in the Philippines

Ang PINAKA TV show of QTV11 has listed  Ang Pinaka Livable Cities in the Philippines.

10. Manila – Capital City of the Philippines
9. Bacolod – City of Smiles
8. IloIlo –  Princess City of the South
7. Baguio – Summer Capital of the Philippines, City of Pines
6. Davao – Highly Urbanized City
5. Tagaytay
4. Puerto Princesa– Green City
3. Quezon City – City of Stars
2. Makati City – Commercial and Financial Center of the Philippines
1. Cebu City – Queen City of the South
Cebu_CityImage source: Wikipedia

Family Bonding at Sky Ranch Tagaytay City

My family went to Tagaytay City on May 11-12, 2013 because my sister and brother-in-law will be sponsoring a wedding. Seeing the opportunity to have a short vacation we all decided to come as well. We stayed for a night at one of the units in Monteluce condotel owned by my sister’s friend located in Silang Cavite,which is 15 mins. away from Tagaytay.

skyranchWe arrived at SKY RANCH in Tagaytay City around 11 am  on our Day 2 to see and ride at SKY EYE, which is the Tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines to date. Even though I have experienced riding the Singapore Flyer and numerous cable cars already, I was still too scared to ride sky eye because I have fear of heights. My hands are really cold and sweating before riding hehe..

There are various activities that you can do at Sky Ranch, kids and adults can enjoy horseback riding, super viking, nessi coaster, sky eye, express train and more.

skyranch2Entrance Fees and Ride Fees at Sky Ranchskyranch3 skyranch4 skyranch5Entrance Fee is P100 but we got it for only P50 because they have a 50% off promo that time, so we got discounts since we are 11.  (NOTE:  Entrance is P50.00 when we went back to Sky Ranch last Dec. 23, 2013, I guess they already marked down the entrance fee.skyranch6 skyranch7 skyranch8 skyranch9 skyranch10 skyranch11 skyranch12 This giant Sky Eye Ferris Wheel is 63-meters in height with 32 air-conditioned gondolas. The gondola that we are in had a scary squeaky sound and that made me and my sister more nervous. It was so funny because, I was at the bottom (not sitting) of the gondola for I was too scared (nalula to death ako!..lol) but it was fun! I only went back on my sit when it’s only few more feet down the bottom. yay! skyranch13Sky Ranch Tagaytay

view from the top

Skyranch _tagaytayMy nieces and nephews enjoyed the Super Viking ride! My lil’ 9-yr old niece wants to ride too but we didn’t allow her because it was swinging too high.

SKY RANCH location map provided by SM Land
Sky Ranch location mapThe amusement park is still unfinished, not much to roam around so we only stayed for an hour there.

SKY RANCH ENTRANCE FEE, TICKET PRICES and PARKING FEE
Parking Fee – P50 / hour
Entrance Fee – P100 Regular, >>>NOTE:  Entrance is P50.00 when we went back to Sky Ranch last Dec. 23, 2013, I guess they already marked down the entrance fee.
Senior Citizens/ PWD (person with disabilities) = 20% off
Ticket prices:
Nessi Coaster – P 50
Red Baron – P 50
Wonder Flight – P 50
Mini-Viking – P 50
Express Train – P 50
Super Viking – P 100
Sky Eye – P 150
Carousel – P50

SKY RANCH
https://www.facebook.com/SkyRanchTagaytay
(02) 8570100 LOC 1653

Where to Stay in Pagudpud / Homestay / Hotels in Pagudpud

Pagudpud is situated in Ilocos Norte and is very popular tourist destination because of it’s beautiful beaches and resorts.

How to get there:
By car: 10-12 hours drive from Manila
By plane: 1hr and 30 mins. (Manila to Laoag Int’l airport) then ride bus
By bus: 2 hours from Laoag City (you can ride mini bus/ non aircon bus via Laoag-pagudpud or aircon bus via Cagayan)

If you are on a budget and wanted to spend less on your accommodations, you can opt to stay at homestays (home of the locals converted to accommodate guests) that are accredited by the Dept. of Tourism in Ilocos. There are many homestays in Brgy. Saud, just inquire to know their rates.

However, if you want to stay in hotel or beach resorts here is a list.

Homestays along Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Allen's Homestay Pagudpud Ilocos Nortehomestay 1  homestay 2homestay 3  homestay 4 homestay 5 homestay 6 homestay 7 homestay 8 homestay 9

Allen’s Homestay this is where we stayed – (click link to see pics and my review)
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Manang Rorily (Rolly) De Guzman
Mobile: 0910-2898217
Rate : P250.00/night (fan room)

Cathy’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
owner: Catherine Dalumay
Mobile: 0908-3146282

Natividad Gaudenia’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Natividad Gaudenia
Mobile: 0947-4470833

Mund’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Raymund Calventas
Mobile: 0920-8984368

Ada’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner:
Mobile: 0949-4588257

Winse’s Homestay
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Owner: Winsler / Rose Ubasa
Mobile: 0920-2646400   / 0906-6121374

Hotels / Beach Resorts
Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.saudbeachresort.com
Contact Nos. 0917-5195495 / 0918-5533073
(632) 921-2856 (632) 928-9853
inquiries@saudbeachresort.com

Saud Beach Resort and Hotel

Polaris Beach House
Brgy. Saud Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Contact Nos: 0920-2396138 / 0919-3078803 / 0917-5488102
Polaris Beach House 2

Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center

Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
www.facebook.com/hannahsbeachresort
Website: www.hannahsbeachresort.com

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Banlaran, Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud
Website: www. kapuluanvistaresortandrestaurant.com/
RATES:
DELUXE with LOFT : P4,750/room for 4 pax
maximum capacity, 6 persons
DELUXE w/o LOFT P3,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
STANDARD P2,700/room for 2 pax
maximum capacity, 3 persons
DORMITORY :650/person  for 2 pax

Punta Azul Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon in Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Website: www.punta-azul-pagudpud.com/
Deluxe Rooms
Rates:
Php3,500 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,800 / day (Off Season – all other months)
Regular Rooms Rates (maximum of 3 guests):
Php3,200 / day (Peak Season – March to June; December)
Php2,500 / day (Off Season – all other months)

Jn and Carol Beach Resort Cottages
Burayoc Point, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
+63 77 676 0183 ‎
Website: www.juncarolbeachresort.com

Arinaya White Beach Resort
Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: arinaya.webs.com

Palm Grove Saud Holiday Complex
Sitio Jupiter, Saud, Pagudpud 2919, Philippines ‎
Website: palmgrovesaudhotel.com

Evangeline Beach Resort
Saud Cove, Burayoc Point, Pagudpud
+63 918 908 1071
Website: www.evangelinebeachresort.net

Punta Garvida Beach Resort
Website:
puntagarvidabeach.pagudpodshore.com/

Keahana Beach Resort

Terrar Rika Dive & Beach Resort

DAY4 -Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

DAY 4: May 3, 2013 (Friday)
Vigan, Laoag Airport, Manila, Home

Our last day in VIGAN CITY..

Had breakfast at our hotel RF ANICETO MANSION at 7:00am. Had longganisa with rice while my niece had corned beef and rice. Later on we went to Calle Crisologo again to find more souvenirs.vigan1Going to Vigan is not complete if you didn’t ride the Kalesa. Ride is P150.00/ hour. It was fun touring the city abroad the kalesa so don’t miss this chance. Since  we already toured some of the sites there, I just asked manong with his horse named Wind Blown to take us at Villa Angela, Burgos Museum and Syquia Mansion.

kalesa2

Kalesa with our horse Wind Blown

Villa Angela Heritage House
Very old 1850’s Vigan house owned by the Versoza family. Full of antique furniture inside. The caretaker graciously let us inside the house but we we’re not able to see the room because there are guests that time.

Villa Angela Heritage House

This is where Tom Cruise stayed while he was filming Born on the Fourth of July

A little creepy inside (for me), but if you want to sleep and experience how it feels to stay in a vintage house there are different rooms to choose from.

Burgos Museum
This is the ancestral house of the martyr-priest Padre Jose Burgos. It houses memorabilia of Father Jose Burgos along with other amazing archeological collections and dioramas of the locals of Vigan.
Burgos Museum Burgos Museum2Entrance Fees: Adult: P20.00 , Senior/ Students: P10.00. Discounts on big groups.
A well-versed tour guide led us inside and talking about the history of the house and other stuff. Must see place in Vigan.

Syquia Mansion
is the house of former President President Quirino and actually owned by his wife aDona Alicia Quirino who has Chinese ancestors.
Syquia MansionSyquia Mansion 2

Entrance: P20.00 each

We were lucky that time because our tour guide is from the Department of Tourism that has so much information. The mansion was full of beautiful furniture, painting, stories and other memorabilia. I had goosebumps when we entered the living room and as if the owners are greeting us while we are there.

Baluarte
Owned by former Ilocos Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson where animals like Llama, pony and other animals are free to roam around. We did ride the pony and we just gave P50.00 to the guy as tip.
Baluarte ni ChavitBaluarte 2 Baluarte 3 Entrance: FREE
From Heritage Village, we rode the tricycle. P50.00 fee. We didn’t stay for long because it was too hot that time (almost noon time).

Weaving
My niece begged at me to go to a weaving center so we squeezed it in on our itinerary before going home. The owner of a souvenir shop was kind enough to get a tricycle for us and instructed the driver to bring us to a weaving center.
weaving

We are allowed to try for few minutes. Tip:  P50.00
I bought weaved shawl for P150.00 as a souvenir.

Empanadahan
After our lunch, I don’t want to go home without tasting their famous empanada. So, eventhough we are still full we passed by Plaza and bought one piece for P45.00
empanadahan empanadahan1Too bad it was NOT good, I think it was not the special empanada that we bought.  We end up not eating the whole piece..lol. My niece said it tastes like kwek-kwek ..lol

Next time, I’ll have to make sure it is a special empanda..

Crisologo Mansion
We went here in the morning, the tour guide told us to just come back later in the afternoon because they have guests that will lunch so she will not be able to accommodate us. However, when we came back at Crisologo Mansion at 2 pm but it was closed already eventhough it’s not yet closing time.
Crisologo Mansion

Checked out at RF Aniceto Mansion at 4 pm just paid the extra 2 hours extension. Rode PARTAS  Bus back to Laoag City that took around 2 hours.

From downtown Laoag (Centro), took tricycle to Laoag Airport for P150.00 (tinataga kami) I should have paid P100 only. Flew via Cebu Pacific at 9:pm flight.

Goodbye Vigan / Ilocos..!!! We had such a great experience while we are there for 4 days and I hope I can come back again to explore Pagudpud more.
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Check our detailed 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour:
Our DIY 4D/3N Itinerary of Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour
Our DIY 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Expenses / Costs
Review of Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
DAY1 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Airport to Laoag City
DAY1 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City to Batac
DAY1 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Church and Paoay Lake
DAY1 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Sand Dunes
DAY1 – Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Fort Ilocandia Resort
DAY2 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City
DAY2 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
DAY2 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
DAY2 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour  –  Bangui Windmills
DAY2 –  Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Pagudpud
DAY 3 – Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour –Vigan City
DAY4 –  Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

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