I never knew that one day I’ll be setting foot exactly to the set where superstar Nora Aunor once shouted a reverberating epic line “Walang Himala!”, the same location used to film that Joey Gosiengfiao’s classic movie Temptation Island. If I never traveled far north to Ilocos Norte, I would have no inkling of how vast and picturesque the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte are. If I never braved that 13 hour long journey to this Province, the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte will forever remain a part of my classic Filipino movie experience.

Still on the second day of our Lakbay Ilocos Norte adventure, we hurried towards the town Paoay to take a glimpse of the most famous sand dunes in the Philippines – the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte.

The Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte stretches widely from the municipality of Currimao in the north and curves it’s way to La Paz in Laoag City then to Suba in Paoay and lastly in Pasuquin in the south.

The home of Ilocos Norte’s Sand Dunes in Paoay is located in Suba. Suba has the most extensive and unbroken stretch of coastal sand dunes compared to the other towns of Ilocos Norte. With an extensive stretch averaging to 800 meters wide, I felt like I am in a real desert.

It was nearing dusk when we get there – a perfect time to chase a glorious sunset setting at calm waters of the vast West Philippine Seas. As the sun retired, the whole place was slowly swathed by the hypnotizing sunset hues. It was so enthralling we were all at loss of words. Glorious! Glorious! Glorious! The only adjective I kept on murmuring as I glued my eyes on a glorious sunset that was laid before me. I was like staring at a stairway to heaven. To be honest, I was carried away. I wept for no reason. It was just so glorious.

Lured by this spectacle, I seized the moment. While the remaining hues were still there, I playfully posed in front of my camera hoping to own an epic sunset photograph of myself romancing the most beautiful sunset in the Philippines. And it never failed me.

With BFF Sarah

Contended by what we saw and experienced, we left Suba so delighted. I knew it was the pleasing view of the Sand Dunes of Ilocos Norte and the glorious Sunset of Suba that just made our long day on the second day of our Lakbay Ilocos Norte!


  1. , seeing and experiencing the beauty
    of earth and its gift, indeed its gloriuos!.

    ur so very lucky sir olan.

    u been into so many places and enjoy its nature and life.
    ur my inspiration of loving the nature and its beauty.
    thnk you for showing the best places of our country.
    i love it.

    1. Hi Mary Garce. Thanks. I will never get tired roaming around the Philippines. Like me, we are all very lucky to live in acountry compose of stunning 7,107 tropical Islands. We have 7,107 reasons to explore it. 🙂 It is so humbling to know that I keep you inspired. 🙂 thank you. 🙂

    1. Hangganda tlga ng sunset duon Ed. 🙂 Di ako magsasawang panoorin cya kahit araw araw! GLORIOUS na GLORIOUS! Huwaw! Sana may ganitong sunset dito sa Davao, kaso wala kaya sinusulit pag nakakatyempong merons ganun. 🙂

  2. Personally, there is something about sunrise that is mesmerizing. As usual you captured one of nature’s beautiful phenomena. God’s endless gift to mankind is never ceasing. How blessed are we! Beautiful as always, OLAN!! Thank you.

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