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Local Destination: PAGUDPUD

Pagudpud is a coastal resort town on the northernmost tip of Luzon in the Philippines. According to the latest census, Pagudpud has a population of 20,385 people in 3,804 households.
 
The town is bounded to the south by the town of Bangui and to the east by the Cordillera Mountain Range, the town of Adams and the province of Cagyan. The South China Sea lies to the west and north. The town rolls over mountains, hills, valleys and flat Coastal land. It lies 45 miles north of Laoag, the province capital, and about 350 miles north of Manila. They reside in 3,804 homes that are spread across 83 square miles. Most make their living through farming, fishing and subsistence reatailing. Tourism is a growing part of the economy.
Pagudpud was made a munincipality on February 5,1954. Unlike Laoag City, the province's only autonomous city, Pagudpud derives its authority from the provincial government. It had previously been a part of the neighboring town of Bangui.
It white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water makes Pagudpud a haven for tourists. Maira-Ira Point is also an emerging attraction with its secluded beach known as the Blue Lagoon. Access to this public beach is from a secondary concrete road on the north side of the Maharlika Highway just before approaching the Patapat Viaduct. On the way to the Blue Lagoon, a sea arch can be seen. Coconut trees line much of the town's coast. On the clear day, the Batanes Islands are visible from Patapat National Park.
The Patapat Viaduct, elevated 31 meters over sea level, is 1.3km concrete coastal bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town's coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. Located more than 16kilometers from the town proper, it offers a scenic view of Pasaleng Bay- a view that leads towards wide and pristine beaches backed by mountains with breathtaking waterfalls Kabigan and Mabaga, along with the many cool, refreshing springs waiting to be discovered within.
Buses that ply Manila & Laoag City, Ilocos Norte daily ( approx. 7 hours trip )
By land: It's approximatley a 90minute bus ride from Laoag City. Several bus lines serve thae Manila-Laoag route, namely Partas, Florida, and Maria de Leon to name a few.     

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