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Ilocos: Travel Back in Time

Entering Ilocos is like going back to history. It’s like being transported back in time, in certain eras of the country’s past, where each structure, each street has its own story to tell.


(photo from pinoybackpackers)

Ilocos is a region located in the northwestern part of Luzon, composed of the provinces La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan. It is one of the most notable regions in the Philippines, home to past presidents and national heroes, where many of the country’s significant events in history transpired. Thus in its heart and core remains relics and mementos of the past, enthralling us with symbols of the richness and diversity of the Filipino culture.

But what makes the split-provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte a favorite Philippine wedding destination?


(photo from hittnthetrail)

Ilocos Sur is known for the cobblestone streets and preserved ancestral houses in postcard-perfect Vigan City. The whole province is likewise filled with churches, monuments and heritage sites that are remnants of the Spanish occupation. Ilocos Norte, meanwhile, boasts of wide beach shorelines in Pagudpud and other towns, windmills in Bangui, Marcos Museum in Batac City, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, and big old churches all over the province, among others. In a nutshell, these two provinces offer us centuries long of the history of the Filipinos.

With all these attractions, soon-to-weds have come to love the charm and ambience of Ilocos.

Below are some of the invitations we’ve done for Filipino weddings that took place in the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.


This was crafted for the offspring of Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson and Ilocos Sur Vice-Gov. DV Savellano. A mesmerizing scene in one of the streets of Vigan City was perfectly used as the cover photograph of this boxed wedding invitation for Ryan Singson and Patch Savellano.


Made also for an opulent wedding in Vigan City, this boxed wedding invitation exhibits Filipino ingenuity, with the use of Abel fabric to cover the ecru envelope box. The Abel fabric is the native woven fabric of Vigan City. Carlos and Janina both come from prominent political families in Ilocos Sur.


A wedding in Paoay, Ilocos Norte had this classic wedding invitation with sophisticated letterpressed borders and a striking yellow envelope lining. The wedding ceremony took place at St. Augustine Church in Paoay.

Some Ilocos churches famous for weddings include:

Ilocos Norte Churches

St. William Cathedral in Laoag City

(photo from Eric Subia)

Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat

(photo from Josh Cruz)

Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church) in Paoay

(photo from mynomadichabits)

Ilocos Sur Churches

St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City

(photo from Nueva Segovia Chancery)

Shrine of Santo Cristo Milagroso in Sinait

(photo from byaherangfashionista)

Nuestra Señora De La Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria

(photo from islasfilipinas)

Sta. Lucia Church in Sta. Lucia

(photo from ilocanosphere)

Ilocos as a wedding destination on the whole provides beautiful scenic sites, beach resorts and olden churches that can accommodate you and your guests on your wedding celebration. The mood in the provinces also offers a charming setting, especially for those who are having a Filipiniana wedding theme.

With the fascinating natural wonders, preserved historical sites and beautiful majestic churches, Ilocos will always be a favorite destination, not just for long trips and vacation but also for splendid Filipino weddings.

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