1. Cape Bojeador, Burgos, Ilocos Norte
About 42km from Laoag City in Burgos, Ilocos Sur stands the Bojeador Lighthouse (also known as the Burgos Lighthouse) which marks the Northwestern most point of Luzon. In its time during the late Spanish period in the Philippines, it welcomed galleons and warned barges to steer away from the dangerous rocky coastline. Today, it is still a functioning lighthouse powered by solar energy.
When you find yourself on Cape Bojeador, take pictures. But also, buy an ice cream from the Selecta vendor there just take in the rocky shoreline and look out into the West Philippine Sea. Realize that what you are looking at is the outer edge of the country... the way it is drawn on the map.
Just a few kilometers away from the Burgos Lighthouse is a magnificent white rock formation. I speak no Ilocano, but I've read that it's name, Kapurpurawan, means white.
The road ends a little short of the rock, so you want to wear comfortable wallking shoes because it's a short trek (although others can also take a short pony ride to site). Kapurpurawan is a must see especially if you are like me who is a bit of a stranger to North Luzon.
As you continue on your way to Pagudpud, the famous Bangui Windmills will need no announcement. You will see them to the North side of your drive, a row of enormous white wind turbines that provide clean energy to the Ilocos province. Mr. Diaz and I only made it to the view deck, but if you are attentive, you will see a directional sign pointing to the wind farm for a closer view.
The Patapat Viaduct, according to my reading, is the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines. It connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag to the Cagayan Region. It is built on the side of the Cordillera Mountain Range and offers the best, unobstructed view of the West Philippine Sea. It is located on the Northernmost Coast of our country.