The Windmills of Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Wow! was the first word i utter after seeing the breathtaking and gigantic Windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. This project was spearheaded by Bong-Bong Marcos. I should say that Marcoses contributed great infrastructures in the country - the Patapat Viaduct, and San Juanico Bridge to name some.
The Windmills served dual in purpose. One as a main source of electricity in Ilocos Norte and as a tourist attraction. Some of the windmills were already visible in the highway and made me think that these turbines could be very very huge.
There are plenty of wind turbines scattered 236 meters apart on shore. I became dwarf when standing next to this structures. The Bangui Windmills are considered to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. I was not able to count the exact numbers of windmills but according to some, there are about 20 windmills in Bangui. The wind here is really strong so as the waves. Also make sure that you wear sunblock because of direct exposure to sunlight.
Getting there from Laoag: Travel time from Laoag is approximately one-and-a-half hours. Ride north-bound buses. Watch out for for the directional marker that would lead you to Bangui Windmills also prepare yourself for the dirt road leading you to the bay where the windmills where built.
From Pagudpud: From Pagudpud Market, there are buses enroute to Laoag. Travel time from Pagudpud to Bangui is approximately 30 minutes. From the highway charter a trike that will lead you to the Windmills.