These three pictures above were taken in 2009, 2010, and 2011 at the Thunderbird Resorts in Poro Point - San Fernando, La Union. Before, this place was called Wallace Air Station (Camp Wallace) - a United States Air Force facility. In 1991, the place was turned over to the Philippines and the local government turned it into a place for tourism. Currently, this is the home of a 5-star luxury hotel/resort, which patterns after Santorini in Greece.
Whenever I am in La Union, I usually take the time to visit the resort to eat, check the scenery and watch the sunset. I wasn't able to visit the resort the entire 2012, so when I visited the resort with my family nearly two weeks ago, I was surprised to see a big change:
If you're visiting the resort and you took any of the public transportation (tricycle and jeepney), you would need to walk close to 500 meters before you get to enter the resort. Apart from the long road, there is a huge land space, and now they are having a housing project.
Checking the model houses, I was quite amazed at the architecture, which really looks a lot like Santorini. I can imagine this in the future... when the entire place will have houses, it will look so interesting having the white and blue theme.
However, I heard it cost way too much to own a house here. Don't quote me on this, as I just heard it from the people around, that it cost millions to get a house and lot here. Millions of pesos...two-figure kind of millions. Whoa. I hope what I heard wasn't true, because if it is... it would be way too impossible for me to even dream of having my Santorini home. :)