Towns that made the two-sides of what is “THEN and NOW” relevant to visit.


From Manila, we are enchanted by the Magical Abra and unfold the Mysteries of Laoag and Pasuquin. These cities and towns can be found in the Ilocos Region. Now let’s dive further in Ilocos, the region occupying the northwestern section of Luzon.

Let’s go to Ilocos. This side of the Luzon islands will surprise you with historical sites, beaches, dunes, and the well-preserved Spanish colonial city. This region in the Philippines, surrounding the northwestern side of Luzon, is composed of four (4) provinces– Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.

The beauty of these provinces as we see it has its dark side stories that we wish to unfold to make your next visit more meaningful and appreciate it even more.  Did you know that Ilocos Province was once just one whole province as Ilocos? Why was it divided into Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte? Well, our certified Philippine Tourer has one answer – REVOLT. 

Let us visit the four most relevant cities and towns that made the two-sides of what is “THEN and NOW” of its beauty relevant to visit.



DIngras was not so relevant to visit and in fact, it’s not included in the “A”-list. But this legendary municipality is known for its numerous ancestral houses. If it has lots of ancestral houses, will that mean this 2nd class municipality is packed with a stature-rich community?  So why is it so legendary?

Legendary in the sense that…

  • People who revolt against the Spaniards are those same people who are forced-labor to do construction works. 
  • The ruin, town plaza, Spanish ancestral houses, convents, the public market of the town that still exist, were built in accordance with the system to define the status of the indigenous population imposed by the Spanish colony.

Dingras Revolt

The Dingras Revolt or the Ilocos Norte Revolt was caused by unjust taxation and alleged abuses by tax collectors of the Spanish colonial government.

  • It began when six tax collectors who had arrived from Vigan were killed. The governor that time, Governor-General Santiago, put an end to the uprising mutiny.
  • Rebels were pardoned and taxation was reformed.

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