CURRIMAO, Ilocos Norte – Dubbed as the new heritage jewel of the north, Sitio Remedios Heritage Resort in Barangay Victoria this town is truly a paradise of traditional arts and culture.
The heritage resort was built in 2005 when the country’s famous surgeon and medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila, Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, the owner, celebrated his birthday. It was named after his late mother Remedios Cuanang. The Cuanangs hail from Batac City.
Dr. Cuanang and Architect Rex Hofileña jointly conceptualized the resort plan and installed the facilities maximizing old houses and antique materials.
The resort is now often visited by tourists, balikbayans and antique enthusiasts.
Any visitor is greatly amused by the seven antique houses named after its origin towns. They are called Balay Batac, the largest villa; Balay Piddig; Balay Dingras; Balay Bacarra; Balay Radrillo; Balay Puraw; and Balay Pasuquin.
Another attractive masterpiece at the heart of the resort is the Capilla San Miguel, a small chapel devoted to St. Michael the Archangel – the patron saint of Currimao.
In front of it is the Plaza de Manzanillo inspired by the plaza in front of the historic Saint Augustine Church in Paoay town.
Added head turner at the resort is an open view of the West Philippine Sea which mesmerizes the visitors with the beautiful sunset. (Freddie G. Lazaro/PIA- I Ilocos Norte, Gilliane Micha Niño, intern DevCom MMSU)