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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Northen Exposure: Bangui Windmills

A trip to Ilocos Norte will not be complete without seeing the majestic Bangui windmills. It's like you've never been there if you did not make an effort to get up close and personal with these man-made beauties... 

They are simply amazing (for lack of a better term to describe them)! I must admit I got very excited as our car got closer and closer to the stretch of beach where these marvelous man-made structures were built. I almost wasn't able to stop myself from running to the nearest windmill.

a gigantic beauty at 70 meters tall!

Located in the 4th class municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, the wind farm has 20 power-generating wind turbines that produces enough power for approximately 40% of the entire Ilocos Norte province.

There are plenty of directional signs along Maharlika Highway (Ilocos Highway) pointing to Bangui. Any traveler won't miss them with the windmills' imposing size - they are visible from the highway as you approach Bangui! Heck, they're even visible from Saud Beach in Pagudpud which is two-towns away.

My recommendation is to go early in the morning, perhaps on your way to Pagudpud before hitting the beach, or in the afternoon just in time for sunset (on your way back). The view of the sun's orange rays touching the beach is just perfect for souvenir photos.

I would say this is one of the highlights of our trip to the north and yes, an item I'm crossing off from my Bucket List :)

By the way, there are no entrance fees here. Absolutely nothing to pay to marvel at man's ingenuity.

Here's a summary of our Northern Exposure Experience:
Laoag to Pagudpud
A Visit to Bantay Abot Cave
Amazing Bangui Windmills


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