If you happen to see the famous Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte, you’d probably feel like you are in a different country – something you usually don’t see in the city and even in other provinces here in the Philippines. Straddling in a 9-kilometer stretch of fine gray sand are 20 windmills that stands as tall as a 23-storey building, the Bangui Windmills were created to provide the province with an additional electric supply in the most conventional and economic way – the wind. Not only are the windmills magnificent to look at, the mountainous backdrop and the beautiful sea are also something to be beholden.
You don’t to have a tour guide to guide you going to the windmills; you only need to know the directions in going there so you won’t get lost. The coast of the famous Bangui windmills isn’t a white sand beach, as you would expect, it is rather a black sand beach with a thriving fishing community living in its shoreline.
If it is for the first time you’ll see these magnificent structures, you’ll probably drop your jaw with the awesomeness of this mega-structure. Aside from the fact that it is indeed a tourist magnet, the Bangui windmills give off 24.75 megawatts of electricity or two-thirds of the electricity in the entire province.
Windmills such as that of Bangui isn’t something you’d commonly see in Asian countries like the Philippines as it is more popular in European countries, particularly in Netherlands. However, with the initiative and persistence of the local government, it did manage to put up such awesome structure – something Filipinos should be proud of.