Going Loco over Ilocos: Candon


Perhaps it was fate that led us to Candon. We hopped on a Partas bus as we initially intended to leave and go back to Manila. But suddenly, we decided to make a side trip to Candon and visit the uncle of Pao who lived there. Our itinerary did not indicate any side trip to Candon, but we felt very spontaneous anyway and see Candon before we finally left for Manila.

And it was a sweet experience to visit Β Candon because we discovered yet another gastronomic adventure in the town of Candon.

I don't know what this site is called, but it was just too lovely to miss.

Due to Spanish colonization, perhaps every town in both Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur has a Roman Catholic church in the heart of their town. True enough, for Candon, in the midst of the center of their town lies their very own Church alongside their town Plaza.

St. John Sahagun Church

It was newly painted and restored at the time of our visit. However, I heard that the traditional and former appearance of the church seemed more appealing to its locals. But nevertheless, I still found the church beautiful regardless of the opinion of the other people.

Sistine chapel? No, that's Candon for you!

It was Christmas time when we visited!

Since we visited during the Christmas time, most of the houses were adorned with beautiful Christmas lights to welcome the spirit of the season. Uncle Ton’s house was not to be missed as he beautifully decorated his home with his collection of Christmas houses and Nativity sets well-lit by warm Christmas lights.

Mia, Pao, Uncle Ton and his beautiful house and beautiful collection

There’s are other tourist spots to be seen in Candon. There are beaches nearby, but we were not able to visit the beaches anymore since our trip was just purposefully to visit Uncle Ton. But there’s a promise of great food encounters just by strolling around its streets. Β And just around the corner could probably be one of the best restaurants that we have tried in Ilocos.

Cafe Bossa Candon would perhaps be one of Candon’s best kept secrets. It was an old home converted into one of the hippest and yummiest restaurants in Candon. It was like an art gallery turned into a cafe as it featured various eccentric artworks displayed all over the restaurant. Besides the cool vibe of the place, the food was more than awesome!!! I would not let you down by giving a thumbs up to the yummy goodness of Cafe Bossa.

I highly recommend Cafe Bossa and all the yummy goodness there is to be found in its quaint restaurant. If one day you find yourself lost in Candon, and you’re thinking of something unforgettable to do, visit Cafe Bossa!


About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

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  3. hi teacher mia.. magkanu po nagastos nio sa ilocandia tour nio? were planning to go there this november.. help us naman.. ang mahal kasi mag rent ng van.. first time kasi namin sa ilocos if ever na matuloy..

    • Hi Jenny!
      Thank you for dropping by! Believe it or not, less than Php 5,000 per head lang ata ang nagastos namin. Although dalawa lang kami so mas convenient gumalaw from one place to another, and commute talaga ang means of transportation namin, so it would not be pricey at all. Hindi naman din nakakapagod magcommute sa Ilocos dahil walang traffic doon, at presko ang hangin.

      Feel free to ask questions, I’d be glad to help promote the beautiful sites of the Philippines! πŸ˜€

  4. wow,, im excited much to visit ilocos also this coming feb or march… do u think po na ok na ang 3days of staying to explore those places?? thanks πŸ™‚

    • Hi She! It’s nice to hear from you! πŸ™‚

      I think three to four days will be ideal to tour around Ilocos! Pero siyempre, the longer the duration of the trip, the more you can savor the unique experiences in Ilocos! Are you doing an Ilocos Norte to Ilocos Sur trip? πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for you already! If you’re traveling for only three days, make sure na medyo mabilis kayo kumilos, kasi sobrang dami na pwedeng magawa sa Ilocos! You wouldn’t want to miss out on that! πŸ™‚


  5. thank you so much teacher mia for your blogs! dami ko nkuhang info’s sa mga pwedeng puntahan sa ilocos.. nkakalungkot lng kc 2 nights 2 days lng ako dun and solo backpacker pa hehe.. sna maging successful ang solo tour ko on friday.. tnx again!!

    • Hi Airene!

      I’m so glad to be of help in planning your Ilocos trip! Ilocos will always be awesome! 2 days, 2 weeks, o 2 months man yan! :)And yes, there’s a different kind of fulfillment in solo backpacking! I’m sure you’ll have a great time! Make sure to visit Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, hindi na namin napuntahan yun, kasi kinulang kami sa time! πŸ™‚ God bless you! Naexcite ako for you!!!

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