I feel like the north of the Philippines is almost always ignored by tourists, both local and foreign alike. It could probably because the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines are found in the Visayas region like Boracay island and Chocolate Hills in Bohol. I grew up in the north and I would try to post the beauty of the north in my blog as much as I can. Philippines is full of natural wonders and beauty and we should appreciate not just the beautiful beaches of the Philippines but other natural wonders like the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation I am about to show you.
We left Pangasinan on the 23rd of December at dawn to head to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. On the way there, we stopped by the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. We paid Php 10 (approx. $0.25) entrance fee per person. Since it was lunch time, we decided to eat our packed lunch there and we had to pay Php 100 (approx. $2.50) for the rental fee of the table and chairs. From the parking lot to the rock formation, it was about a ten to 15 minute walk. Pony rides are also available if you do not want to walk. Since it was not too far and we were trying to save money, my family and I decided to walk. It was so windy, which makes total sense to have the Bangui windmills just nearby.
As we got closer to it, my breath was just taken away. It is so beautiful like nothing I have ever seen before! I feel like it would be a great location for a movie like The Hobbit.
In the local dialect of the Ilocos, called Ilokano/Ilocano, “puraw” means white. Hence the name Kapurpurawan which best describes the rock formation. The beauty of this rock formation is caused by the strong wind and the waves of the nearby sea.
My aunt Carol who went there a few years before we did, said that they were able to walk as close to the rock formation as they wanted to but when we went there in December of 2013, we were not allowed to do so anymore. There were fences set up that allows tourists only up to a certain point but still close enough to get a nice photo. The reason for this is to avoid vandalism.
Expenses: Php 10 (approx. $0.25) entrance fee per person. Php 100 (approx. $2.50) table and chair rental fee. Php 5 (approx. $0.12) to use the washroom to pee and Php 10 (approx. $0.25) to use the washroom to poop.