"The sun was scorching hot and the sky was clear that time. There was no time for rain drama. But even if it is summer, it is cold in Bessang Pass."

[CERVANTES, ILOCOS SUR, PHILIPPINES] ► Oh yes... I'm from Ilocos Sur and I have heard about Cervantes several times. I always had the urge to go but there's been no chance, besides, it's too far from the city where I live. I always hear that the road going to Cervantes isn't good. It's between life and death! Roads are too narrow, with falling rocks from the mountain, unpaved and a few steps away it's KABOOOOOOOOOOM! You're falling into that cliff! If it rains, the town is literally isolated! 

[CERVANTES] Bessang Pass

[CERVANTES] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO CERVANTES!



[CERVANTES] Bessang Pass

[CERVANTES] ► MY BROTHER EMULATING MY PREVIOUS POSE


The highway is not busy, most of the time it is only you (or your group) who is traveling in this highway. But this scenario may change. Who knows? Cervantes might boom later and the road will become busy. Lucky me, I have witnessed it this way.

[CERVANTES] Bessang Pass

[CERVANTES] ► SELFIE IN CERVANTES

[CERVANTES] Welcome Marker

[CERVANTES] ► WELCOME TO CERVANTES!

[CERVANTES] Welcome Marker

[CERVANTES] ► PINE TREES ABOVE


▬ Unexpected Journey ▬


ANYWAY, GOING TO CERVANTES WAS AN ACCIDENT for me. That day, I just asked my brother to join me in a joyride. We reached Cervantes unexpectedly. We never thought we could.

We are not bad people but we have to tell lies to pursue this adventure. We told our parents we're just going to the resort nearby because we know they won't let us traverse the highway. They say it is risky. One thing more, we're the only good looking boys-nextdoor in our village. The whole village is afraid its boys will face an accident (This is my secret, keep it between you and me, lol, enough for day dreaming!).

[CERVANTES] Nakayang View Deck

[CERVANTES] ► NAKAYANG VIEW DECK WITH MY BROTHER

[CERVANTES] Nakayang view deck.

[CERVANTES] ► TOWNSCAPE AS SEEN FROM NAKAYANG VIEW DECK


It was a hot day in ▼ #VIGAN

#VIGAN


where we came from. We just decided to go to Candon City, now, I just can't explain how we were able to reach Cervantes with our scooter. The sun was hot and the sky was clear that time. There was no time for rain drama. But even if it is summer, it is cold in ▼ BESSANG PASS

[CERVANTES] ► It's All Fog at the Historical Bessang Pass


TEASER ▬ I came here under the scorching heat of the sun in the extended summer for June but reaching the place seems like it is already December...

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See the images below, the ambiance is really cold. It is so romantic for lovers to hug each other while driving (Huh? That sounds crazy). But this time, it's just my younger brother with me whom I love. But hugging him while riding in a scooter is a suicide! BRAGGGG!

[CERVANTES] Bessang Pass

[CERVANTES] ► THE CERVANTES CHILL, COOL SIGHT

[CERVANTES] Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan Road

[CERVANTES] ► ZIGZAG ROAD TO THE TOWN

[CERVANTES] Brgy Malaya

[CERVANTES] ► OUR HONDA BEAT JUST MADE IT!


Anyway, we weren't able to see the must-sees of Cervantes because we had no tour guide. We don't know where to go. In fact, Cervantes is so historical. It is where a battle during World War II happened.

The town has the Yamashita Cave, McArthur Tunnel, Bessang Park National Park, Gambang falls, etc which are all part of the history of the Philippines! However, for us, the scene we saw along the Cervantes highway is already a must-see and the romantic freezing breeze and ambiance of the town is a travel bonus! To my great surprise, there are pine trees! It was an awesome view. It feels like you're in ▼ #BAGUIO

#BAGUIO


minus the crowd and commerce.

[CERVANTES] ► RICE FIELDS IN THE CERVANTES VALLEY


While on our way, there was a bike race [going up] to Bessang Pass. Bessang Pass is the highest point traversed by any highway system in Ilocos as of now. It is foggy and cold.

Cervantes is the crossing for the four provinces of Ilocos Sur, ▼ ABRA

ABRA


, ▼ BENGUET

BENGUET


and ▼ MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

MOUNTAIN PROVINCE


. And who tells it is only in ▼ IFUGAO

IFUGAO


or Mountain Province where you can see Rice Terraces? They are present in Cervantes too!

Photo Gallery

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I just can't believe my scooter was able to reach that remote paradise. Simply amazing! It was a great fun, adventure and a worthy experience. For travelers, you may want to see the whole downtown of Cervantes, stop at Nakayang View Deck. | end |

12 JUNE 2010: BESSANG PASS
Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

BESSANG PASS

[CERVANTES] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF ILOCOS SUR!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Motorcycle Diaries." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about my motorbike adventures then I weave them into stories. There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.

[2] The maps I used below as well as those appeared on tooltips are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


[3] All photos are mine.

[4] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you experience or see Cervantes. Names of places and properties may also change by time.

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