Last year’s first Lakbay Norte was a blast so I was thinking how would they top it again this year? Well this year’s magic number is 2 for Lakbay Norte 2 2011 is twice as big with two separate legs around northern Luzon. The first leg held January 23-27, 2011 explored the South Western part of North Luzon particularly Baguio, La Union, Tarlac, Subic and Pampanga. The second leg held March 2-7, 2011 focused on the Upper north portions of Cagayan and Ilocos. Here’s a chronicle recap of both legs with links to corresponding posts. It would be a good guide in case you want to do a somewhat similar itinerary.
Lakbay Norte 2 Leg-A (January 23-27)
- PUGAD’s Extreme Adventure at Pugo, La Union
- Making Patupat, Rice Delicacy in Pangasinan
- Images of Faith at Manaoag Church Pangasinan
*I wasn’t able to finish the first leg since I have to go back to Manila Early
Lakbay Norte 2 Leg-B (March 2-7)
- The Minagdaklis and the Magnetic Black Sands of Buguey
- Passing Through Claveria and an Overnight at Kapuluan Vista Pagudpud
- Good Food and Good Vibes at Kapuluan Vista Resort
- Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center, Pasuquin’s Special Biscocho and Salt Making
- The White Rock Kapurpurawan and the Black Gold of Burgos
- Sarrat Sta Monica Church, Paoay Sand Boarding Redux and Balay Da Blas Night
Also checkout around 369 images from my Flickr Set
LAKBAY NORTE 2 was made possible through its Corporate Partners: Manila North Tollways Corporation, Victory Liner, Mc Donalds, Smart, and Robinsons Land. This year’s participating brands were Flying V, Cebu Pacific, URC, DIZITAB, R.O.X., Sanuk, The North Face, COLUMBIA, ActivAsia, and Elite Ads as sponsors.
Thank you to North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB) for organizing this Lakbay Norte 2 familiarization Tour
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.