Artlocks, Good for you. That is a real undertaking for someone who is not familiar with the county. The first couple of days, the traffic must have been unreal for you.
I am from Seattle and there at this time. I live in Manila, used to live up in Bauang. I have drank many a SMB at Sunset Bay.
I have an XR 200 there. I have ridden much of the area you did. Once took me 14 hours to go from Bauang to Manila due to road construction.
When I go back, I hope to find someone who would like to do a ride south of Manila, and do a little island hopping. in The Visayas. Samar, Leyte, Cebu areas.
I saw your posting on the Asia site the day you were leaving, I wished I had seen it earlier.
Thanks for you report, and it sounds as if you enjoyed yourself.