99366b01e053fdb7b4e3712f7c075714The craggy shore of Currimao in Ilocos Norte is sprinkled with crumbling remnants of Spanish colonial era.

The coastal town of Currimao in Ilocos Norte – once a barrio of Paoay – is an offbeat stopover when visiting Laoag. According to a local tale, its name was coined from “correr” which means run and “cumaw” which means pirates. During the Spanish colonial period, the Moro pirates frequent the coast facing the South China Sea, thus, the expatriates constructed two watchtowers here : one situated in Arboledan point and another in Brgy.Torre. Whenever the marauders attack, the Spanish soldiers shout “Correr cumaw”, which eventually became Curri-mao, the present-day name of the municipality.

Boarding a bus en route to Laoag, one can alight on the main highway in the town of Currimao. Since the Laoag-bound buses do not enter the town proper, taking a tricycle will be your best bet.

94d26703c0993b7c4169d2b19c06697cRuins of the circular Spanish-era watchtower constructed to warn residents of the attacks of Muslim marauders

Start your exploration by visiting the crumbling ruins of the Spanish-era watchtower in Brgy.Torre. Since it is out of the main road, do ask the residents of the aforementioned village.

Just a few meters away, one can find another historic structure – the rectangular tobacco storehouse of the Tobacco Monopoly Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas S.A. – one of the oldest leaf tobacco dealers in the world. Unfortunately, its walls are the only ones that stood that test of time. This tabacalera is reputedly the largest of its kind in the country. The company was established by a wealthy Spaniard businessman to take over the tobacco monopoly in the Philippines from the Spanish colonial government.

 

Source: https://ph.news.yahoo.com

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