|Pangil Coral Rock Gardens – a series of tidal pools and coralline rock formations stretching for more than two kilometers.|
Despite its exotic name, Currimao remains to be one of Ilocos Norte's less-visited towns, just like neighboring Badoc. Actually, the town's name carries a lot of history. During the Spanish period, when Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade was still flourishing, Muslim pirates frequented the coast of the West Philippine Sea. Watchtowers were built at two strategic points, one at Arboledan Point and the other at Barangay Torre. Whenever pirates – who were known as cumaws in the native tongue at the time – appeared in the distance to attack the villages, the watchmen warned the people by shouting correr which means "to run". It was from these two words, correr and cumaws that the name Currimao was derived. Today, the Spanish watchtower still stands at Barangay Torre in a sorry, crumbled state...
|Ruins of the largest tabacalera (tobacco storehouse) in Ilocos, built in 1869|
|Ruins of the Spanish watchtower, which were built to warn people of Muslim pirate attacks|
HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila, ride a GV Florida or Partas bus headed for Laoag, and alight at Currimao town (9 hours).