How I was able to see Adams, Ilocos Norte?
Dra. Tess: You should go to Adams.
James: I think I heard about that, but its not part of my IT.
DT: I have a contact there.
J: Really? Hmmmmm…..
DT: If you want I can call her, tell her to provide a place for you.
J: Wow! Sure! Sure!
There are times that itineraries are not followed and travel plans are edited to experience beyond what you imagine- TO BE ASTONISHED! This is what DIY trips fun and what packaged tours can’t offer- the thrill of finding something amazing, a place where only a few have seen.
Welcome to Adams, Ilocos Norte! If you are thinking about the Adam in the Bible, you are right. The name of the place originated from that story- The Garden of Eden. When first visitors saw this pristine valley they where astonished, amazed and they call it Adam’s and latter on became Adams.
It’s a breath of fresh air from the busy city roads of Vigan and Laoag. A different experience for vacationers who finished touring the usual spots like Kapurpurawan rock formations, Bangui wind mills, Saud Beach in Pagudpud in the south or the Patapat viaduct, Kabigan falls and Blue Lagoon.
The 1 hour motorbike ride was like an introduction to a beautiful song, building up as you begin to see patches of terraced rice paddies, some springs and little rivers, the climax of the song- the kindness of the locals.
The locals are a collection of tribes from the North- Kankana-ays, Yapayaos, Ilocanos, Bagos and Imalods. A harmonious community where each one helps another. Everyone living peaceably, I even saw that their prison cell was empty.
What else this beautiful town has to offer?
The sweet Bugnay wine, refreshing waterfalls, Lover’s Peak, cold springs and river, Mt. Palemlem or Mt. Pico de Loro Norte and back-strap weaving. I believe they have more secret spots to offer to the explorer but my stay was only overnight. I shall return and stay longer.
Oh, before I forget let me thank Dra. Bielmaju Bawingan (the Municipal Health Officer and Mayor’s wife) for providing me a place to stay and the wine-tasting experience. Thanks goes also to Ms. Marilyn Ramilo for the food during my stay. Naimas, I must say.
How to get there?
From Pagudpud, take the bus going to Sta. Ana or Tuguegarao (or anything that will go up north), get off at Pancian. Pancian is the last baranggay of Pagudpud, it is also the jump-off point to Adams. Travel time: 30minutes (Fare: P20)
From Pancian, take the motorcycle towards Adams centro. As only a few goes here (Population of 1,897 with only 1 baranggay), it is advised that you text the motorbike owner, Manong Ogie the schedule of your trip. He will wait for you at Pancian. Contact # 0999-445-9189. Travel time: 1.5hours of rough uphill road (Fare: Php120-150, good for 2pax)
Accommodations: When you arrive at the town proper, register at the Police Station and choose where you want to stay- Inn by the river, Inn by the pond or the Log Cabin beside the winery. I stayed at the Log Cabin. Rate is Php150/pax or up. I stayed at the Log Cabin because its near the winery.
Must-buys: Bugnay wine (Php100/750ml bottle), ground coffee (Php80/500grams), red mountain rice (Php80/kilo), woven products (Php50 up).
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I visited Adams, Ilocos Norte during Days 10 and 11 of ISANG DAAN Journey .
#ISANGDAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map- ISANGDAAN Journey map.