I was hoping to publish a couple of entries while travelling to different places in the North. But every time I checked in the hotels we were assigned to, I was more excited to hit the sack to get some much-needed rest. The Lakbay Norte 3 trip has ended but I’m still getting a hangover from all the activities we did.
Lakbay Norte is a media tour set up by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB) to introduce different media groups about travelling and the places to visit in North Luzon. With the banner “Rediscover the North”, NPVB and its partners (Manila North Tollways Corporation, Mcdonalds, Robinsons, Smart Communications, and Victory Liner) helped each other in showcasing that there’s still a lot of places that are undiscovered in the North.
Let me just say that the bus was really attractive!
Travelling on a Victory Liner bus for 8 days in North Luzon (Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Baguio, Pangasinan, Tarlac Subic Bay, Clark, Pampanga).
I’m so glad that the theme for this year was “Outdoor Adventures in North Philippines” which mean that I had time to try out different physical activities. Spelunking, sport fishing, white water rafting, surfing, paddle boarding, airsoft, kart racing, offroad adventure, jungle survival; not to mention the karaoke night and a day of pampering.
Spelunking at Pinagrealan Cave, Bass Fishing at Cabanatuan, White Water Rafting in Kalinga, Surfing in Pagudpud, Paddleboarding in Paoay, Trekking & Tree Planting in Holcim Ecotrail, Airsoft in Baguio, Dawell Reivercruise in Dagupan, Go Karting at Kart City in Tarlac, Jungle Survival at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Spa and Massage at Ritz Spa, Offroad Adventure at Puning Hot Springs in Greater Clark
Hotels and Resorts
This time, I get to live like a king and be pampered with great hotel and resort amenities knowing that all of these were already cared for. I felt the luxury and comfort of staying in these places and was really happy that we all received great treatment from the staff.
Las Palmas Resort, Rosewell Hotel, Ilocos Norte Hotel & Convention Center, Kahuna Beach Resort, The Manor, Microtel Luisita, La Maja Rica Hotel, Hotel Vida
We were advised by previous Lakbay Norte participants (Nina and Ferdz) to prepare for a weeklong feast of food but I didn’t realize that they were dead-serious about the warning. Food trips were abound and as soon as the trip was over, I noticed a few inches added on my waist. I’ve now a lot of cardio exercises to catch up if I want to get back in shape. But I’m not complaining. ;p
Liquid Restaurant, Lakeview Resort, Las Palmas Resort, Kapuluan Vista Resort Hotel & Restaurant, Johnny Moon Cafe, Thunderbird Resort, Kahuna Beach Resort, Te Quiero Cafe, The Manor, Matutina Restaurant, Kart City, Pamulaklakin, Verandah Mimosah, Camalig Restaurant, Prado Farm, Robinsons
But aside from the physical activities which got me all hyped-up, the memories experienced between people who love to travel and have the aim to share these experiences with other people is what made this trip awesome. The transition between strangers to friends was really priceless; something which I wished we could’ve done a lot sooner.
In no order: Glaiza, Dandi, Kara, Jerricho, Edsel, Hannah, Kristine, Darren, Sam, Angel, Christian, Gael, James, Marcos, Crismel, Ivan dela Rosa, Joy, Dickie, Rodel, Ivan H., Karlo, Jesame, Nap, Allen, Eirish, Grace, Frances, Carlo C., Ivan B.
I miss the people I was with for the whole 8 days. A bittersweet end to a whirlwind of destinations that I wouldn’t think twice of doing again.
I already have so many posts I need to start writing about but I’ll take this as a challenge. I’ll write more about them in succeeding articles.
Thank you Lakbay Norte 3 for the trips and mostly for the newfound friends! Now let’s minimize the backlogs!
Check out my other Lakbay Norte 3 adventures here:
- Lakbay Norte 3: Rediscover the North
- Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
- Quick Stop at Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
- Dawel River Cruise & Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan
- White Water Rafting at Chico River in Kalinga
- Paddleboarding in Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte
- Off-Road 4×4 Adventure to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sport Fishing at Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija
Food & Accommodation:
- The Manor Hotel in Baguio City
- Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud
- Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga
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