Before and after the rain.
Writing a feature about the place doesn't cause me at all to say, "This is too much." Because I, myself, knows that words are not enough for readers to go through a Pagudpud experience... to appreciate this lowland heaven!
The moment the car engine stopped, you would want immediately to get your feet in the sands. The moment you glimpsed the coconut trees, you would want to have some for drinks. The moment you saw other trippers having picture taking, you would grab the hands of your friends to have some too. The moment you observed that there are a lot of foreigner in the area, you would want to talk English and befriend them. The moment you noticed souvenir vendors walking around, you would want to check what they are selling and try their shell necklaces and bracelets. Hmmm. Funny!
These are but few excitements that Pagudpud gives to us which we cannot actually resist, any time of the year, be it on a weekend, holiday, semestral break, vacation, summer!
April. Summer time years ago. I think it was our first batch reunion after high school. In a cloudy afternoon.
Sometime in October I think. Two years ago. In a bluish atmosphere. Sunshine just after the rain.
Once called "Boracay of the North." Now, its bucolic beaches are gaining fame and melting the heart of many. Being featured in Herald Sun by John Borthwick (2007), which named Saud Beach as Best Beach in Asia. And recently in Time Magazine in the article Five Reasons to Visit Ilocos Norte by Hans Villarica (2011):
"Forget Bali and Boracay. World-weary travelers wishing to escape the crowds should head to Ilocos Norte's pristine sands. Pagudpud's stunning Saud and Maira-ira beaches are ringed by lush green mountains and feature clear emerald waters (neck-deep, you can still count your toes)."So why not visit Pagudpud? Yes, today! And discover what is more than these words, photos and recognitions...