spot5One of the “must see” places in Laoag City and Ilocos Norte is the magnificent La Paz Sand Dunes.
This natural wonder has been declared by the National Historical Institute as a National Geologic Monument because of its unique characteristics. As such, no concrete structures should be built on it, and no alterations on the terrain should be made.
In the entire Philippines, it is only in Laoag City and Ilocos Norte where this rarity is found, and only in the Philippines in the entire South East Asian region.
The potential of the sand dunes in terms of eco-tourism has not been fully tapped by the local government unit. It is only in the last three to five years that the place has become famous to tourists, most specially the sandboarding and 4×4 experience.
During the Holy Week, an estimated 20,000 tourists visited the La Paz sand dunes, either to try the rides, or simply to have their photographs taken. The sunset, with the west Philippine sea as your background, is simply amazing, while the morning sunrise with the foot of the Cordillera Mountain Range as your background, is breathtaking.
dsc_1284Popular matinee idols and real life sweethearts Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo were an unexpected treat to the throng of visitors on Good Friday afternoon.
The benefits that the Laoagueños get from the La Paz sand dunes are not only tourism related.
In a recent study undertaken by the World Wide Fund for Nature, funded by the United Nations and the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Laoag City was adjudged as the least vulnerable city in terms of business risks brought about by the effects of climate change, namely,  sea surges during typhoons and sudden sea level rise because of global warming.



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