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A Beautiful Heritage Village That Is a Beachside Resort

Go back in time to this charming Ilocos resort of 11 bahay-na-bato-style vacation homes

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Photography: Ocs Alvarez Pictorial Direction: Carlo Vergara Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

In the sleepy beach district of Currimao in Ilocos Norte hides a delightful secret. Its heavy wooden gates hide myriad beauties inside: a beach, amazing heritage homes, and a Baroque chapel!

Such are the surprises of Sitio Remedios, a heritage village that strives to give jaded bakasyonistas an experience far removed from the typical beach resort with noisy bars. The resort is built like an idyllic Spanish-colonial community, with a chapel in the center, a “town plaza” facing the sea, and 11 different bahay-na-bato residences that you can rent out with your family or a group of friends.

The houses are made out of salvaged materials from demolished old houses in Ilocos, and are filled with vintage furniture and artwork from the owner of Sitio Remedios, art collector Dr. Joven Cuanang. Each bahay-na-bato features architectural details that are native to each district it is named after—such as the diamond-shaped etchings of Balay Bacarra, the whitewash paint of Balay nga Puraw, and so forth.

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Sitio is also built to function like a real community, with the village’s guests living like family and touring the province together. It’s a great way to relax, meet new friends, and immerse in Ilocano culture at the same time. 

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