BURGOS, Ilocos Norte, May 6 (PIA) – Palpalokada, the site of the biggest wind farm project in the country, is the newest addition to Burgos town’s tourist attractions that include the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (declared by the government as national cultural treasure on June 20, 2005), Kapurpurawan rock formation and the stunning waterfalls of Kaangrian and Tanap-Avis.
Palpalokada came from the Iluko word Pal-loka which is the name given to handmade sandals or slippers. Pal-loka is made of used rubber tire for the soles and rope for the uppers. According to old folks, Pal-loka was popularly used in the olden days.
Palpalokada literally means “their slippers.”
Only few people know about Palpalokada until 2012 when Burgos Mayor Crescente Garcia asked the help of blogger Tina Tan to promote the place. Tan wrote an article about Palpalokada titled “Ilocos Norte’s best-kept secret” and was published on the social news network Rappler. Tan’s story was among the top 10 featured stories on rappler.com on March 7, 2012.
Few weeks after it was introduced to public via the internet, Palpalokada became an instant hit to tourists and television stations like GMA and ABS-CBN according to Tan in her blog blauearth.com.
Some of the scenes from the 2012 blockbuster film Si Agimat, si Entengat si Ako starring Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla were shot at the Palpalokada Nature Park.
Today, Palpalokada is one of the most visited tourist spots in Burgos according to the provincial tourism office. Various recreational activities offered in Palpalokada include mountain biking, hiking, mountain cliff climbing, camping and cliff horseback riding. (MCA/APT-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)