Category Archives: Biag (Life of Ilocano’s)

Trip The Islands: An Interview

Trip the Islands is an online portal promoting the Philippines as prime tourist destination to the rest of the world. It contains up-to-date travel resource and provides a platform for local tourist-businesses to promote their services. Some of my photos … Continue reading

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Pamulinawen Festival 2010

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The Pamulinawen Festival is held every 10th day of February in Laoag City. Last month, it celebrated its 14th-year which coincides with the Feast Day of Saint William the Hermit, the City’s  Patron Saint. A finalist for Best Tourism Events … Continue reading

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Juxtaposing a Fishing Village

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Blessed with long stretch of coastline, Currimao, Ilocos Norte is primarily a fishing town and home to several beaches and coral formations. Last Christmas, I stayed at Playa Tropical Resort in the same town with my family and one early … Continue reading

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Being called “BALONG!” Very Ilocano. Very Meaningful.

Today, as I read some comments, I came across comments (1 , 2) made by Manong Luis Beltran, originally from Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, who have been living abroad for 30 years now! I honestly feel how “homesick” he is, but … Continue reading

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Kids of Ilocos!

Here is my first “concious” attempt to take portraits of kids. Most of it were taken after a kid’s birthday party in Ilocos where they become quite restless! I had a difficult time capturing their genuine expressions because they were … Continue reading

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Pinakbet: The Dish and a ‘Rap!’ Atbp!

Ilocano’s serve their visitors, either “Pinakbet” or “Dinengdeng” for meals, because these are two of our basic dishes. That is understandable because the Region is basically agricultural, thus, veggies are abundant. Cooking Pinakbet have spread to different provinces all throughout … Continue reading

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A Provincial Life: Featuring the “Kuribot”

In Ilocos, the kuribot is a native basket weaved from bamboo in different sizes with a handle on one side and carried over the shoulder. The underbelly of the bamboo is usually used because it’s more flexible (to meet the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to “Tatang” Everywhere

This post is a tribute to the typical Ilocano father (we call him ‘Tatang’ in our dialect) in a typical Rural Ilocos setting. From the break of dawn, Tatang thinks of nothing and do nothing but farming to provide his … Continue reading

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Ahh, “Kalesa!”

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In Ilocos, especially in Vigan and Laoag, the “kalesa,” a horse-driven carriage, is a usual sight plying the busy streets of these cities. For motorists, the “kalesa” may sometimes test their “patience meter” during market days because they move slow … Continue reading

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Ceramics Manufacturer – Paoay

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Still in Paoay, there’s this small-backyard manufacturing business that sells fine and good quality ceramics in teracotta and antique finish, owned by a couple with background in ceramic making. Their shop is called Veronica Ceramics, named not after them but … Continue reading

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Abel Iloko – Paoay

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Paoay in not only known for its ever charming St. Agustine Church but also for its “inabel” (popularly known as “abel iloko”), a textile made of cotton and other natural fibers woven in pedal frame looms. It’s not only in … Continue reading

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The flexibility of the bamboo – Sarrat

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Here are some more images captured in the same place where I took the scenes in the previous post. As a child in the province (just a few years back! Hmm…) I had my ample share of riding a bamboo … Continue reading

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Too Sexy II – Sarrat

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This is a follow up to a previous post of the same title ( See it here.) There was this lady who was going to every cottage in the river resort in Sarrat (ilocos Norte) which we have visited recently, sporting … Continue reading

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His name is Ron, but they called him “Joe”

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Here’s another post by a guest blogger. It is the personal account of Ron Scott, my brother-in-law, of his visit to the Philippines particularly in Ilocos. He was amazed by the culture of the Ilocanos especially when he came to … Continue reading

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Life’s a Beach – Pasuquin

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I have published a couple of pictures reflecting Ilocanos’ love of the beach. Here’s another one. I was thinking if there was a disaster that just hit Ilocos when I took this image. They took the pain of building a shelter … Continue reading

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The Ilokano Hospitality and their “Kasilias”

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This is another post by another guest blogger. I’ve known him since college with then girlfriend, Benz.They have travelled to Ilocos several times and he constantly helps in the layout of this blog. He is a friend, he is John … Continue reading

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Pebbles – Pasuquin

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There are people who find tranquility in pebbles, stones and rocks. I am not an exception. I don’t know, I can’t explain, but every time I see piles of stones, pebbles and rocks, it has a calming effect on my … Continue reading

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Take some, eat some – Sarrat

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“Alin , alin, alin, ang naiba, piliin kung alin ang naiba! Piliing mabuti, piliin kung alin, piliin kung alin ang naiba!” Whew! Having such a difficult time choosing! 🙂 Watermelon is perfect for summer to provide brief relief from the … Continue reading

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Too Sexy – Sarrat

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For my first month of blogging, I have invited my first guest blogger to write an article of an image I have sent her. She has been living in Alberta, Canada for almost two decades now and like me, she … Continue reading

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Something fishy – Solsona

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To those who may not know and to those who may have forgotten, let’s have a guessing game. The two men below are transporting what appear to be dried branches: Question: What do you think will they use it for? … Continue reading

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