MANILA – You might have heard of Candon before, especially if you’re traveling to well known spots in Ilocos Norte or Sur. A month ago, I was assigned for a 4 day seminar in Ilocos Sur and fortunately my team agreed to my plea of staying in the city, than the usual hotels in Vigan.
Candon which is visibly smaller than its other major counterparts in the province offer an intimate Ilocos experience. The humble town is charmed with early 20th century style houses and buildings, the most prominent in its rustic skyline is Saint John of Sahagun Parish Church, locally known as the Candon Church.
The earthquake proof baroque style church was originally built in 1695 before it was reconstructed in 1700. The main attraction of this church are the two painting representing the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. It is said to be the longest religious painting in the Philippines.
Spending the afternoon here is one of the most relaxing city experience I had in the north. When you get there, I suggest that you try the night market where you can binge on Pinoy street foods and the famous Ilocos Empanada.
How to get there?
PARTAS Bus Line, Dominion Bus and Florida Lines operates daily routes to Ilocos Norte which pass by Candon City. Fare is around Php 450-Php500
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.