Only a dash more than an hour north from the capital of Laoag, along the coast of Luzon, brings you to the town of Pagupud. The area around Pagupud features grand vistas: west to the vast South China Sea; east to the imposing mountains of the Cordillera; north along the white sand beaches and south to the harvest-ready rice fields. 

Fishing boats on Saud Beach in Pagupud, Illocos Norte

Sunset (HDR) on the South China Sea as seen from Saud Beach in Pagupud, Illocos Norte

Sunset part 2 (HDR) from Saud Beach in Pagupud, Illocos Norte

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