Bangui Windmills: The Magic of Sunsets

For me, magic is the ephemeral moments of sunsets. Magic is the split second of when the sky transforms from touches of yellow and orange to a mysterious shade of navy, dotted with stars centered on the shining moon. I supposed it wasn’t called “magic hour” if it wasn’t truly captivating and enchanting, right?

During our trip to Ilocos, our group decided to spend the sundown at the Bangui Windmills located just a few minutes away from Pagudpud. These massive windmills gathered a lot of attention, not only because it was an effort to create sustainable and clean energy, but also because it was truly a pretty sight to behold.

Bangui Windmills - Ilocos Norte -

The windmills are located by the beach, harboring energy from the strong winds of the sea. The shore is very rocky and visitors are not allowed to swim or take a dip in the water because of the powerful currents. The area is engulfed in salty breeze, giving you a taste of the sea in every breath.

Ever since it became open to the public, the Bangui Windmills quickly became a tourists’ favorite. During our visit, many groups also chose this stop to watch as the sun prepares itself to slumber. Mark and I took tons of photos and walked hand in hand by the beach (very cliche, I know, but there’s something about romantic things that makes you feel like it’s okay to be cheesy. LOL). It was a great way to end such a hectic day of touring, and finding a way to just slow down and breathe for a bit was something that we’re certainly grateful for.

Much like everything else in life, sunsets are fleeting, but its breathtaking beauty will definitely create an etch to your existence. It was truly the best way to describe what I experienced in Bangui — a gorgeous moment filled with magic and colors. It was short-lived, but it was enough for me to feel things, to make me realize how good it was to be present and alive.

Bangui Windmills - Ilocos Norte -

I guess the magic of sunset lies in the moments, just like how we experience it in our lives. The laughters, the surprises, the hugs and the kisses — these are the thingsΒ that makeΒ our lives enchanting and truly magical. My experience in Bangui is somehow a reflection of the things that I’ve learned on how we ought to make time to breathe and relax despite all things being hectic and tiresome.

Observe. Listen. Breathe. Watch sunsets and let yourself experience magic every day.

Bangui Windmills - Ilocos Norte -

The windmills against the blazing sun

More of my Ilocos Trip

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Mark and I’s Ilocos Video


A 20-something wanderlust who dreams of seeing the world and making a change. She loves to take photographs and stuffing herself with food.

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  • Elisha
    October 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Such a nice place to visit! I hope I could travel more this time. My life is such a roller coaster ride right now. Have a nice day babe!

  • Jannette
    October 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Ooh! Whenever my family and I go to the Philippines, we always go to Ilocos, because my mom is from there. I’ve never heard of this place, but I’d definitely add it to my travel list! c:

  • Kandice
    October 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    it’s been awhile since I just stop and watch the sunset. I should do it more often to find serenity. The windmills look magical especially the sunset beautifying them πŸ™‚

  • Nerdy Maria
    October 4, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    It looks so magical there! I love watching sunsents and I do agree that something about being romantic makes it okay to want cheesy things, haha πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Christine
    October 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I love your sunset shots! Stunning!

  • Da Dominguez
    October 5, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I’m a huge sucker for sunsets! Never fails to amaze me each time. <3 Hoping to visit Ilocos again soon!!

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    October 5, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Something about these photos is so surreal! Gorgeous πŸ˜€ Whenever I see windmills, I never fail to say excitedly, “Look! Windmill!” Same goes for whenever I see trains and dogs πŸ˜› -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Clint
    October 5, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I haven’t been to Ilocos but thinking of visiting someday. I hope you enjoyed your Ilocos trip. πŸ™‚

    I have seen windmills as well in Rizal. They really look amazing.

  • SparklesofLight Blog (@rosysparkles)
    October 6, 2016 at 12:25 am

    These sunset pictures are beautiful!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  • Trish
    October 6, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Can I just say ang ganda ng photos! β™₯_β™₯

  • Ochi Bernadas
    October 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve been to Visayas and Mindana but not Ilocos, lol. Weird, but it’s so pretttty! I hope I get to go one of these days.

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

  • Mika
    October 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Your photography is so stunning! Keep it up, love.

  • Jane
    October 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    I absolutely love this time of day! You got some beautiful shots.

  • Melissa
    October 9, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Oh, Jhanz! These photos are stunning! I agree that the magic of sunsets lies in moments. People should just stop and stare once in a while. πŸ™‚

    Melissa the Mermaid

  • Pearl Aton
    October 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Ahh! This is so majestic! I’m looking forward to the day I’ll visit and see these things in person soon πŸ™‚

  • Airish Abella
    October 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I love the sunsets too! Well, the clouds and sky in general. Sobrang ganda lang. Indeed, God is such a wondeful creator. Love your photos, Jhanz! Hope to hear from you soon! πŸ™‚

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

  • Mimi
    October 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    I think, what really made the pictures even more beautiful in this post is the pastel sky. Ang cute tingnan <3 I haven't seen a windmill pa in person. Btw, I enjoyed reading the rest of your Ilocos trip! So good to finally catch up!! πŸ™‚

  • Mimi
    October 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I think, what makes these photos even more beautiful is the pastel sky. Ang cute tingnan <3 I haven't seen a windmill pa in person. Haha. Also, had fun reading the rest of your Ilocos trip, ate Jhan!!! It's so good to catch up! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie
    October 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

    These are such gorgeous photos! I’d love to see this in person!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  • Wandering Ella
    October 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Ahhh bangui windmills – one of the top destinations in my bucket list!!! Love love your shots Jhanz! <3

    xx, Wandering Ella

    • Jhanzey A.
      October 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you Ella! πŸ™‚

  • Bea De Guzman
    October 12, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve been there way back in my freshmen college days and I love how scenic and good to the environment it is. It is a right choice to go there to see the sunset. It’s so magical and romantic. I love your life reflections. hihi! You write so well. πŸ™‚

    Wander B

    • Jhanzey A.
      October 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Bea!!! <3

  • Mei
    October 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Hope to get back to Bangui for sunset! We went there in the afternoon and it was really hot, good thing it’s windy! Haha we decided to have the sunset for our Sand Dunes, kasi! Haha

    • Jhanzey A.
      October 15, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      We went to the dunes for the sunrise. Ganda nga dun!!!

  • Jan Limark Valdez
    October 14, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Wow. Sunsets are nice. haha. They are pretty!

    God Bless!
    Jan Limark |Brotherly Creative

    • Jhanzey A.
      October 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Jan! πŸ™‚

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