♫♫”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!
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!
NEXT DESTINATION: Burgos, Ilocos Norte
TRAVEL SERIES: Byaheng Ilocos Sur, Lakbay Ilocos Norte