Just came from Pagudpud yesterday. Wow ang ganda! Not just that but the whole Ilocos province is very nice. You don't have to spent 14 hours in a vehicle to go there. You can take the Cebu Pacific flight (PAL doesn't fly there) and it will only take you 50 minutes. We stayed at Fort Ilocandia, and whoa, was I impressed!! It's very very picturesque and the atmosphere is so tranquil, and it's a 5 star hotel so all the comforts are there. There's an olympic-size pool, pool with waterfalls and beach at the back of the hotel. As for Pagudpud, we arranged for a tour and so we just spent one day there but it was worth it...White sand, very very clear and clean blue-green water. It is not land locked so you are really swimming in China Sea..But shempre I couldn't help but compare it to Boracay...Boracay's sand is much finer and Pagudpud's water dips sharply after only a few meters from the beach. However, since Boracay is now veeeerrryyy congested, Pagudpud for me is a perfect find. I can enjoy peace and quiet and I can have clear blue waters like in Boracay. On your way to Pagudpud you should also stop to get the most mouth-watering soft biscocho in town (in Pasuquin town) and visit the beautiful but run-down lighthouse by the ocean. But Ilocos Norte is a very beautiful town that you shouldn't miss to check out. Now I know where Marcos spent his money. Go north, guys!! It's worth it!!