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Monday, April 16, 2012

Pagudpud Blue lagoon

1st day of April 2010 when our group headed the northernmost tip of Luzon, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte which is the continuation of our Ilocos Province exploration. As some locals say from a folk tale the name "Pagudpud" came from group of peddlers got tired from selling wares and once mentioned "Pagud na ako, pudpud na rin ang tsinelas ko," (I'm so tired and my slipper is worn out!). But behind the folk tale is a sprawling, scenic town and pristine beaches always ready to flaunt its beauty to all visitors. Because of its popularity our group decided to explore this treasure of the North. We took the 8pm schedule of pink Florida bus (500php) in Sampaloc Manila (+632-7314473) and endured the 11 hours land travel. Upon arrival at Florida bus terminal (7am), we then rode a trike that cost us 50per head up to Hannah’s beach resort. It’s quite pricey because terminal is far from the beach and with slightly slope road. We arrived 7 in the morning in the beach area of Blue lagoon and checked-in at Hannah’s Beach resort. Pagudpud Ilocos Norte is well known for having some of the best beaches in the Philippines. Its shore is divided into two pristine beaches Blue Lagoon and Saud. Most tourists and blogs prefer Blue lagoon because of its more fine white sand, friendly waves for beginner/surfers, breath taking scenery, and less crowd. Likewise, Hannah’s beach resort is a resort with complete amenities like family rooms, dormitory rooms, infinity swimming pool, restaurant, ballroom place, mini gym, etc. Other facilities include speedboat, jetski, kayak, pedal boat, rubber boat, banana boat, surf boats, ATV and playground. Since we’re a group of 7, we availed their dormitory room for 8 which costs us 600 per head per night (Updated price for 2012 is 1200 per head during peak season). There are also nipa huts on the beach area that can be rented for a day for a cheap price, if you want to have a bit of shade or a place to store clothes and food.

Hannah's swimming pool

Other resorts in Pagudpud that you may want to check are the following:

Imelda Benemerito-Llanes
Elizabeth Benemerito
Marvin:  +639175471270; +639196405630       
Jun: +639205740136 ; +639175486331       
Arnel: +09214847746, (077)-676-0183
+639209522528 or +63920 928-5273 
+639175195495 ; +63918 5533073
077 676 1559 | 077 676 1790 | 077 772 1845 (TELEFAX) | +63 918 937 1752

After arranging our things in our room, we took our lunch at Hannah’s restaurant because we can’t find any affordable eateries outside the resort. Expect the food to be pricey because it’s inside the resort though they also offer “paluto” style but with service charge. After our lunch we explored the blue lagoon and scout some place where we can eat our dinner and found out that there are houses that offer “paluto” for some extra cost. “Paluto” style is where you will provide all the ingredients needed for a certain dish and the owner of the house will be in-charge of the cooking. Just make sure that you will instruct them well on the way of cooking you want for your dish to enjoy the outcome. 

 Blue lagoon in Pagudpud is a U-shape stretch of beach which is so inviting by its turquoise water, fine white sand, cool sea breeze, and relaxing sound of the ocean waves.  The serenity of the beach makes you relax and suited for those who prefer a less crowded venue for swimming and beach bumming. The unique beauty of Pagudpud beach pulled us to enjoy the clear waters, the playful waves, the Greenery Mountains, the sea breeze, walking around the shore, conversation with friends and amazing sunset that made us shout, THIS IS LIFE!

For online reservation and additional info please check Hannah's website:

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