"This place is I think the most popular site along any highway traversing Ilocos Sur. It is about a 20-30-minute drive from my city Vigan."

[SANTA, ILOCOS SUR, PHILIPPINES] ▬ This day, I decided just to take photos of this part of Ilocos. This place is in Brgy Banaoang, located in the towns of Santa and Bantay (Banaoang is the same name of two different barangays located in two different towns).
BANAOANG, SANTA

[SANTA] ▬ THE LUSH MOUNTAIN SLOPES REFLECT TO THE RIVER.


The river you can see here is the Abra River which separates these two towns and the two congressional districts of Ilocos Sur. What is so amazing here is that the water turns into emerald green, orange, blue and brown. Ok, let's start with green. 

[SANTA] ▬ Photo Slider: Green Abra River at Banaoang (hover to see captions)

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The place is inexplicably enchanting with the fresh air. However, the water is not emerald green all year round. It turns into brown when it is raining so hard.

I am just lucky I was able to see it in green. The photos were taken in the month of June.

[SANTA] ▬ Photo Slider: Blue Abra River at Banaoang (hover to see captions)

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The blue waters never stop to amaze me as it blends with the beautiful scenery ideal for a lot of photo shoots. Plus, the cool, fresh, summer air that blends with the lush green mountains. And a bonus prize, the Blue sky!

Yes! Speaking of blue, Abra River also turns into blue. Now, let's feature the New Quirino Bridge in Blue!

Now featuring the New Quirino Bridge in blue water (Check slider above). This is also in June, but in a certain angle, the color of the water turns blue as it reflects the sky. Amazing huh?

Now let's go to orange. Wait until sunset to witness the orange water!

[SANTA] ▬ Photo Slider: Orange Abra River at Banaoang (hover to see captions)

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Unbelievable? Try it your self. The place is called Banaoang @ Quirino Bridge or more popularly known as Banaoang Bridge.

[SANTA] ▬ Photo Gallery: More photos from Banaoang

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Do try to go during heavy rain and be wet! Haha. Anyway, you can capture the water turning into brown. I never tried it though.

This is a landslide prone area. It's mischievous, that's why I have no brown water photos! ▬ end

BANAOANG, SANTA

[END] ▬ THANKS TO YOU, GOD OF THE BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Unusual", a compilation of stories about my travel encounters that I think are unique or less common, hence, unusual. To see more posts under this category, check out the "More Posts Under the Category..." Section below.

[2] This experience happened on 10 June 2010 during a motorbike summer road trip with my younger brother Edison.

[3] The maps I used below are works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2

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