San Esteban and Santiago Cove are both located in Ilocos Sur and it was the last leg of our Ilocos photo safari. We were very blessed to have fellow BPC member, Atty. Yzanne Merced, accommodate us in her family’s San Esteban beach house. From Baguio City, San Esteban is reachable via bus (those going to Laoag or Vigan) or a four hour drive if you have a car. Our group had a van and we were coming from Laoag, so it took about two hours to get there (probably less when the road repairs are done).
We arrived in the evening so we planned to shoot at sunrise the next morning and because it was dark, I had no idea what the beach looked like. I just knew it was there since I could hear it. When morning came, I woke everyone up to shoot and just outside the gate of the beach house, I was surprised to see this grotto/big rock that looked like a mini version of Paraiso ni Juan, in Narvacan. I was so happy when I saw that since I didn’t have to walk that far just to look for a good foreground.
When we left San Esteban, we drove beside the shore and just 10-minutes away was Santiago Cove. The sun was already setting so we literally ran to snap a few pictures. The huge rock formation here looks like an elephant from one side but we didn’t have the opportunity to shoot that side since dark was coming in real fast.