KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION
One of the must see attractions in Ilocos Region is the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. It is a massive white rock formation made by nature due to weathering and sedimentation. The word “kapurpurawan” in Ilocano dialect means kaputian or whiteness. The place was named due to its distinctive color. Beyond doubt, an extraordinary scenery.
The rock formation is a limestone; I will describe it as giant chalk because of its texture, as my dark shirt was covered with creamy white dust when the strong wind blew.
I can’t help myself comparing to the Great Sphinx of Giza of Egypt because of its head. The local whom I spoke with told me that the shape and color of the rock formation changes through the years but its head remains the same (maybe just a little or unnoticeable).
Aside from the natural changes, Kapurpurawan Rock formation is a fragile attraction. The high impact of visitors stomping the rock surface accelerate the erosion process. Not to mention, the graffiti on the rocks and the trash in the area that I saw during my visit.
How I wish the local government or the tourism office can preserve the place by designating an area for picture taking and assigning a guide to look for the visitors’ activities while in the area.