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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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Aliwan Fiesta 2010 Schedule of Events

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[UPDATE: Winners and Photos of Aliwan Fiesta 2010] Schedule of Events: April 22 – Pasakalye Concert and Campus Dance Showdown; April 23 –Festival Queen Pageant; and April 24 – Grand Parade at 4:00 o’clock PM and Awarding at 9:00 o’clock … 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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World Heritage Sites in Ilocos: Paoay Church, Sta. Maria Church and Vigan City

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The UNESCO World Heritage have listed to date, Five [5]  World Heritage properties/sites in the Philippines. However, there are Four [4] World Heritage Sites listed in just one Category [the Baroque Churches in the Philippines Category] which technically means that … Continue reading

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Pinili: Chosen. By Whom?

Pinili, Ilocos Norte, is called Pinili because Gregorio Aglipay, founder of the Philippine Independent Church, chose (Pinili in Tagalog and Ilocano) to hide in this mountainous municipality. Aglipay has a statue in honor of him, having a bible & a … Continue reading

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CURRIMAO: Resorts and other Places of Interests.

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On my way to Badoc , I made a side trip to Currimao and Brgy. Victoria is where the Resorts are. Aside from the local fave, Pangil Beach and D’ Coral Beach Resort , you have Playa Tropical Resort, Sitio Remedios … Continue reading

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State of Ilocandia!

It could have been the first and only State in the Philippines – the State of Ilocandia, if in fact there was ever any! 🙂 How did I find about State of Ilocandia? I was driving one Sunday afternoon coming … 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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More Test Shots: Close Up (not Macro)

I made a mistake in previously calling my test shots in a earlier post as “macros” where, in fact, technically, they are merely classified as “close up” shots. In the strictest sense, macro shots must be 1:1 ratio. Most compact … Continue reading

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Reflections of a River Resort

Ilocos (Norte) is not just beaches! If you want to try fresh water, then the river resort in Sarrat is a good alternative. It only comes ‘alive’ though during the dry season, which is about December to May. Images here … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Ilocos Royal Bibingka

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The Ilocos Royal Bibingka is one delicacy that Ilocos is proud of and every visitors’ must try. It has a decent packaging, a good shelf-life, and very affordable price [Php 105.00 a dozen, or so] which make it very ideal … Continue reading

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Ilocos: It’s always good to come back!

Here’s another entry of a Guest Blogger, Elmar, a friend since College. He first came to Ilocos in 1993, and since then, he kept coming back, sometimes, on his own. Surprise! Elmar is here! But what can you do, he’s … Continue reading

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Winners of Christmasterpiece 2006: Laoag City is Third Place

Fourty-three (43) Cities and Municipalities all over the country participated. They built their own Christmasterpieces inspired by their respective culture and tradition. Used indigenous materials and adorned with hundreds and thousands of Lady’s Choice Mayo bottles as Christmas lights. Many have been … Continue reading

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The “Tabungaw,” “Upo” or Gourd Hat!

“Tabungaw,” in Ilocano, “Upo” in Filipino, (White) Gourd in English, is a vegestable-crop that can be made into a hat which Ilocano’s are famous for. It is unfortunate, however, that the art of making the “gourd hat” is now a … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of ILOCOS EMPANADA

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There are two versions of the Ilocos Empanada. One is the VIGAN EMPANADA, in Ilocos Sur, and the other is the BATAC or LAOAG EMPANADA, in Ilocos Norte. The latter is more known and always referred to as the “Ilocos Empanada” in … 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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Sta. Monica Parish Museum: Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

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Sarrat, Ilocos Norte is popular for two reasons. One, it’s the birthplace of President Ferdinand Marcos and two, the Parish Church, Sta Monica, is where his daughter Irene got married in June of 1983. Unknown to many, however, an equally … Continue reading

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A Scoot Named “Skeleton Jog”

In the 80’s, “Poro Point” in SanFernando La Union and the neighboring province of Ilocos Sur became popular for motorists as a place to get scooters at a very low price. It was the entry point of scooters coming from … 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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