Ilocos Norte

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

By on July 25, 2010


The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos is located between two popular tourist destinations: the Cape Bojeador lighthouse and the Bangui windmills. It is easily missed because it is sandwiched between these more ‘popular’ tourist spots. But that may have to change as travel sites such as this, this and this have documented their unexpected discovery of this equally worthy gem. It may be just a matter of time before its beauty could be enjoyed by the many other tourists who frequent the region.

We would have missed the rock formation too. Our jeepney driver had last minute hesitations because the way to the rocks was well, very rocky (pun intended). I also got the impression that he has never been to Kapurpurawan in the first place and it was indeed his first time that morning. But we manage to talk him out of his well-crafted excuses. The last thing I would do is engage in a conversation with him that would have resulted to us getting dumped in the middle of Maharlika highway with our baggage and balloons.

kapurpurawan - on the way

Why we hired a jeepney from Laoag to Pagudpud could be a subject of a separate blog entry. Why we bought balloons would be explained in a post mortem very soon. Looking back now, I think that our unconventional mode of transportation was a tradeoff we had to take given these factors: budget, time, convenience and yes, the balloons. But I did not realize all these when we were on our way to Kapurpurawan. The sceneries around were not breathtaking but they somehow quelled my frustrations and hunger at that point.

kapurpurawan - up close

Finally seeing Kapurpurawan up-close was really worth all the challenges in getting there (including walking along uneven and jagged coral stones). It was a marvel to behold realizing the time it took for Mother Nature to sculpt this masterpiece not by brute force but by careful orchestration of the winds and waves. Its immaculate color and soft texture also added a mysterious grandeur to its fragile beauty.

kapurpurawan - models

Our next response of course was to have a great deal of photographs taken on this natural limestone formation. It is indeed a unique place to have a fashion or a prenuptial shoot. Although we did not look like models that morning, our attempts were good enough for our Facebook pages and this blog entry for that matter.

Directions in getting to Kapurpurawan are provided in Atty. Oman’s blog entry. It is not yet a landmark in Google Maps, but my best estimate are the white rock formations along the Burgos landscape that I provided below. Take a trike that would probably cost you less (~Php600/pax) for a tour that would cover the Bojeador Lighthouse, Kapurpurawan and the Bangui windmills. It is only good enough for 2 average-sized persons. With individual baggage in tow, I imagine any number more than that would already be an inconvenience for the passengers.

Once you are there, take all the photographs you can get because that’s the only thing you must take on that place. Be extra careful in stepping on the crevices lest you ruin the landscape that took more than your father’s and mother’s genealogies combined to form. And lastly, refrain from writing ‘I was here’ or something similar along the white walls of the rock formation. Yes, you have been to the place but no one wants to know actually. It is just a colossal display of ignorance on your part.

As of the moment, there is no signage that outlined these and other reminders somewhere at the site or at the nearest waiting shed. If only to preserve the place for future generations to enjoy, I must wish then that the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation remains among the dwindling off-the-beaten stopover destinations in the Philippines.

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    July 25, 2010

    Persistence has its advantages. The rocks insisted to stay this way and you have insisted to get to this rocky place, which results to this wonderful post.

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    July 26, 2010

    Hi Kim, thank you for the kind words. Indeed, there are a lot of things in life that are worth waiting and striving for.

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    August 11, 2010

    dear, the name of the place is Kapurpurawan? seriously? hehehe..

    im not a huge fan of rock formations pero this is a great spot for picture-taking 🙂

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    August 12, 2010

    Kapurpurawan means 'white' in Ilocano or something close to that I suppose.

    There's also another rock formation that I want to visit. It is in Biri, Northern Samar. Kuyog nya ta.


Brennan Mercado
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