I have revisited some places South of Ilocos (Norte) this past Summer. The municipality of Badoc, among others, may be overlooked by visitors because these are the towns that you pass by when you get to Laoag going North to Pagudpud, which is undeniably the more popular tourist destination in the Region. After a long drive, one is always eager and anxious to reach the point of destination, which may lead to a neglect to see some equally interesting places along the way. Badoc is the first town upon entering Ilocos Norte so you may make it as your first destination once you get in the Province or your last on your way out.
Places to go to here are the the Juan Luna Shrine and the Roman Catholic Church, both within the Poblacion. What is interesting about the Church is the contrast of colors between the bell tower and the church itself.
Stories have been told that early settlers of Badoc and the neighboring town of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, discovered along their boundary shores, the statues of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.
“According to the old tales, boxes containing the images of Apo Lacay (Crucified Jesus Christ) and La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc drifted ashore in Logo, a sitio of Dadalaquiten along the boundary of Sinait, Ilocos Sur and Badoc, Ilocos Norte. Although the versions of the origin of the statues vary in some details, they all agree of one thing; Apo Lacay and La Virgen Milagrosa chose where they wanted their images to be. The people of Sinait wanted to bring home La Virgen Milagrosa while Badoc wanted the Crucified Christ. The respective parish priests of Sinait and Badoc ordered men to carry their respective statues home. To their dismay, the statues could not be moved despite the number of men trying to carry them. After failing, the priests tried exchanging the icons instead and the first miracle of the images happened! The images were lifted without difficulty; the Virgin to Badoc, the Crucified Christ to Sinait.”
On the otherhand, the Juan Luna Shrine is a restored ancestral home of the great Ilocano painter of the equally great “Spolarium.” It is a repository of some of Juan Luna’s memorabilia as a painter, among others. The entrance and the tour guide is free but you may wish to donate some extra cash for the maintenance.
“Located in Badoc, the restored house is a repository of the memorabilia of the famous Luna family foremost are the paintings of Juan Luna which include a reproduction of his masterpiece, the Spolarium.”
Here are other images in the Shrine:
In your next visit to Ilocos, go to Badoc, and by the way, Badoc in Ilocano means “my clothes” (as I personally understand it). Does anyone know why Badoc is named as such?