By: Alvin Ilustrisimo
The Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, attracts more pilgrims worldwide after it was considered as a minor basilica.
The basilica is located in the middle of Badoc town. La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc, also known as Ilocos Norte’s patroness was also enshrined inside the said church.
There are thousands of pilgrims that visit the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in a day, more than before it was declared as a minor basilica, according to tourism ambassador in Badoc, Ana Magbual.
“For three years now of serving as tourism ambassador in my hometown every summer, I observed a lot of pilgrims coming from the Visayas and Mindanao including from abroad,” Magbual stated.
Other popular destinations in the province are the Bangui bay windmills, St. Augustine Church in Paoay, Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, and Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay.