Just a 2-3 hour drive up from Vigan City in Ilocos Sur (click here to view my previous post about this UNESCO Heritage Site) sits the quiet little town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte.
Facing the South China Sea (or “West Philippine Sea”) is the Bangui Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The first of its kind in the Philippines, this wind farm consists of 20 wind turbines which line up along a nine-kilometer stretch off Bangui Bay. An average of 20 typhoons (or tropical cyclones) enter the country in a given year – just imagine the potential to create more sources of clean energy!
My family and I arrived at the wind farm just a little before dusk. We missed the sunset; the tide was high and the clouds were heavy and dark, almost as if rain’s about to fall. So after taking in the beauty before our eyes, we headed to a beach resort in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, where we spent the night.
The beach resort provided a great vantage point for these towering beauties! I’ll put off the details of my day at this beautiful beach for another blog post so I’ll just tell you more about the time when we stopped by to see the windmills on our way back to Manila.Got a little lost for a while.
Then we’ve reached it finally!
We knew then that our luck has turned around – the sea looked really calm and postcard-pretty.
Do you want to know how it feels like to stand next to one of these wind turbines? It felt awesome, because I knew that these generate clean energy that supplies a chunk of the electricity needs of the province. But how exactly? On the other hand, I felt a little nervous. It might sound funny, but I had this image of being blown away into the sea tattooed on my mind (I don’t know how to swim).
Here are some more photos:
The wind farm is located in a little fishing community and the only establishments around were these little huts wherein souvenirs were being sold.
We just can’t leave without buying our own souvenirs.
My mom bought two large souvenirs and four small ones. I guess in her mind she wanted those to represent our family. (A little FYI: it’s customary to hang a rosary on the rearview mirror in the PI.)
Good bye, giant pinwheels! You are well worth the ride from Manila!