Paraiso ni Juan – A Magnificent Grotto in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur


Paraiso ni Juan in Narvacan


While we were travelling to Sta. Maria, we passed by coastal area of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. Aside from its beautiful view, we can’t help but notice the grotto on top of a rock. This grotto is called Paraiso ni Juan, named after Captain Juan de Salcedo.  The captain’s fleet was shipwrecked in this area. Historians say that he named this place Narvacan because he thought that this was what the locals were saying to him while being rescued.  Apparently, the locals were only asking him “nalbakan” meaning “are you shipwrecked?”. Interesting story indeed on how Narvacan was named. 

Anyway, I wasn’t able to get a photo up close because the van that we were riding is not ours. Glad that I was able to quickly capture it. If you want to see it up close, I suggest reading this blog:

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