THE HUMONGOUS WINDMILLS OF BANGUI

♫♫”Nakita mo na ba
Ang mga windmills ng Bangui
Lumang simbahan ng Paoay
At mga mansyon sa Silay?
Tara na, byahe tayo!”♫♫

This has been an inspiring song for me about traveling around the 7,107 Island of the Philippines. Whenever I get to travel around the country, this song tops my iPod’s playlist. I never get tired playing it again and again. But on the second day of our Lakbay Ilocos Norte adventure, listening to it was different. It was full of excitement – packed with much thrill. Who wouldn’t? I was on our way to see the gigantic Windmills of Bagui – one of the featured destinations mentioned in the song.


From Pagudpud, our Lakbay Ilocos Norte continued heading this time to the Municipality of Bangui, the home of Bangui Windmills, the famous wind turbine farm in the Philippines.

The 20 humongous Windmills of Bangui can actually be seen from Saud Beach in Pagudpud. From afar, they look like tiny toy fans planted on grey sands. What a charming background, I instantly commented.  Moving on with the trip, driving from Pagudpud to Bangui took about 20 minutes. Approaching the town proper, some of these giant wind turbines can already be seen from the highway. Seeing it from afar ignited the excitement in us. As we get closer, these charming white structures got bigger and better. And when we finally reached the beach where they are situated, all of us shouted in full amazement as we clearly glimpsed the 20 humongous white windmills beautifully lined up on the shores of Bangui Bay.

Seeing them for the first time, I was mesmerized by the breathtaking view that was laid before my eyes. I used to dream of setting foot there. I used to sing that Byahe Na theme song imagining myself being at that scene. Finally, that dream came true. I was at the Windmills of Bangui. At an instant, I became melodramatic. I paused for a minute staring plainly at the beautiful windmills arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea. It was a surreal experience for me.

I asked around and learned that Bangui Windmills is officially referred to as the NorthWind Bangui Bay Project. The project is the first “Wind Farm” in the Philippines and considered to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. It aims to provide electricity and power supply to nearby towns of Ilocos Norte. Each windmill is 70 meters high, and its blades are 41 meters long. It is truly an amazing sight to behold!

BFF Journeying Sarah with her Travel Sweetheart Mario Lopez

Having seen this sight in full grandeur, I now truly understand why Department of Tourism included the Windmills of Bangui in the agency’s theme Byahe Na. They’re just worth it!

…….The Travel Teller together his RTour Travel Buddies at the Windmills of Bangui……     KEIR ASHLEY LIM, thanks for lending me some of your photos. 🙂

 NEXT DESTINATION: Burgos, Ilocos Norte

TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte

  1. PAGUDPUD: The Charming Tropical Paradise of the North
  2. The Humongous Windmills of Bangui
  3. KAPURPURAWAN ROCKS: The Prized Gem of Burgos, Ilocos Norte
  4. Sunset at the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte
  5. Visiting Malacañang of the North

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  1. marygrace aguilon says:

    so fascinating sir olan,
    bisag ako nga nag tan.aw ra sa mga posted pic i felt like i was there!!
    i like the view of it and its breathaking calmness of the sea!!
    super like nko!!

    • Thanks Mary Grace. 🙂 breathtaking gyud kaayo ang view didto. 🙂 It was adream come true. Dugay na ko jud naga wish nga maka-adto and gladly, i made it happened this year! Thank for your continued support Grace. 🙂

  2. Me too! Whenever I hear that song, the first thing that comes to my mind is Bangui. My mind is singing now, Last song syndrome again, hehe.

    Expect me to stalk your Ilocos series :))
    I’m your stalker now, lol!

    • Hahaha! TARA NA, BYAHE TAYO! Naging emotional ako nung makita ko tlga ang Windills in persom. Dati kasi, gumawa ako ng VIDEO CLIPS ng mga travels ko tapos ang background music is BYAHE NA! Gusto ko kasi na kung anung destination nna na-feature dun sa song, andun ako. Kaya dream come true! Puede ko nang buuin ulit yung VIDEO CLIP! Hahahaha!

      Salamat ED… HOpe to see you soon. 🙂

      • Yeee! Kompletuhin natin ang mga nandoon sa song! May bagong version na naman sila I hope nakita mo na? Tapusin mo na ang video clip project m, hahaha… D pa ako nakapunta dito asar lang! hehe. Maybe this summer. 🙂

        • OO, nakita ko na. 🙂 Para tuloy ang dami kong kailangan puntahan para bumuo ulit ng panibagong bid clip para dun… Hehehe. 🙂 Teka, di ba taga Vigan ka? Malapit lang yan sa inyu. 🙂 Sayang noh, di tayo nagkita sa VIGAN. 🙂

  3. Worthy talaga ang bangui (renewable energy). Our hydroelectric power plants in Mindanao are also best site/spots for tourism. :-).

    • Yeah, para nasa dreamland lang ako. Hahaha. 🙂 Of course, magaganda din ang power sources meron tayo sa Mindanao, who can contest the beauty of Maria Cristina Falls? 🙂 See you next week Bonz. 🙂

  4. The official place of the teleserye “Walang Hanggan” very lovely and truly amazing spot. Bangui! Wait for me! haha! Nice captures Olan, you nailed it! ^_^

  5. Mesmerizing! This is definitely on my “must-see-places-before-i-die” list. maka-ibog inyo pics bai!

  6. thanks for taking us with you to see this beautiful attractions.. wishing I could get there one day.. 🙂

  7. 70 meters! Almost same height pala siya ng control tower ng airport! Dakua jud uy!

  8. Write it down on your TRAVEL LIST Renzy… Mamamangha ka tlga.

  9. WoW! yan talaga ang gusto ko puntahan sa north.

  10. hi Olan! ang breathtaking naman ng mga pictures. sana someday makatapak kami diyan ni Neddie Lyn..hehehe BTW, na post ko na sa blog ko yung nail design ni Lyntot..hope you could visit. 😉

  11. ganda nga diyan pero ang ganda nung profile shot mo dito. kuhang kuha ang kagandahan ng mga windmills.

  12. Those photos of the beach and the windmills are just uh-mazing. Have not seen them up close 🙁 Just passed by years ago. Would love to visit when we’re back.

  13. Windmills were perfectly shot! pang post card quality tlaga!

    Nice one Sir Olan!

  14. This is a truly scenic place Lan!…You can see how the force of nature is harnessed to generate a renewable form of energy with zero negative effect to the environment. Good find here!…thanks a lot..;)

  15. wow, such scenic views!!! grabe ang travel mo, from visayas to the tip of luzon… God-willing makaabot pud ko sa Ilocos province soon. Really thankful for the infos I get from travel bloggers like you, iba talaga ang first-hand experience. bookmarked! 🙂

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