Travel Guide to Ilocos: Candon, Abra Miki Republic, and Sta. Maria Church

Our trip to Ilocos was the first ever out-of-town getaway of the Kuresos. We call ourselves “kuresos” because of our common liking to anything Asian.

Our group left Manila via private car on a Friday at 3:00 PM and reached Candon Ilocos Sur past eleven in the evening. We stayed here for the night so that our travel time going to Ilocos Norte on the following day would be relatively shorter.

Below is a map grabbed from google to give you a better idea of the travel route:

Source: google map



Where to Stay in Candon?


Staylite Hotel

Address: National Highway, Calaoaan Candon City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines


Coming from a very long ride from Manila, it was very convenient to stay in this hotel since it is situated beside the National Highway. We were also honestly surprised that their executive deluxe room is very spacious with two queen size beds. The rate is also reasonable and the place is homey.

Be forewarned  though that the bathroom is not equipped with bidet yet, but heater is available.

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Photo grabbed from Staylite Hotel’s website


Sta. Maria Church


Before breakfast, we briefly dropped by at the Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur as this was the church where my friend’s fiancee used to serve as an altar boy. As expected, Ilocos still preserves a few of those big, old, and historical churches in the Philippines.

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Abra Miki Republic


What else is the best thing to do when traveling but to eat delicacies, local food, or simply go on a food trip. We left around 08:00 AM in Candon and decided to stop over in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur to grab some breakfast. Just right beside the highway is a restored house-turned resto that serves an all day breakfast food. The food was very affordable and the serving was hefty.


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There might be future travelers that would love to explore more food options in Ilocandia – we would love to hear your suggestions. 

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