The Gingersnaps Easter Egg Hunt

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The Gingersnaps Easter event at Rizal Park is for moms too ‘coz Easter’s new life is for everyone. In the age of social everything, I had fun photographing kids. I’d like to think I’m likeable like a bunny:)

I didn’t notice Gingersnaps has been dressing up kids and pregnant moms for twenty years now. It has always been on top of its game.

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Red Dot knows how to make their little clients feel special.

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A blessed Easter to you and your family!

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Pannzian Beach: A world of its own

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It’s been a while since the last time we spent time at Pannzian Beach. Mt. Linao trekking buddy, Joseph Sta. Maria of the Ortega-Sta. Maria clan, says that his nephew Ken Alonzo, who at present runs the beach and mountain resort, has injected the notions of traditional laid-back lifestyle into the vacation place for a totally exclusive travel experience. Ken’s mom, Bing, has created a lot of the food. My favorite seafood medley spiced with siling haba is still there.

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It was worth trying Bing’s unique pancit sisig. Even Ilocanos can’t have enough of bagnet and miki:) The most memorable, however, was the grilled fish and gamet (local nori seaweed) soup.

An appetizing banana heart salad is named Ilocano sisig. A summer staple, the iced tea is made with lemongrass. Bing’s homemade oatmeal cookies get a twist from malunggay leaves from their backyard. Those are just a few of the long list of food to try while enjoying a gadget-free vacation.

Pannzian Beach Resort in Pancian is secluded away from the touristy beach strips along Blue Lagoon and Saud. They get consistent good reviews from tourists.

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Beached Up with Havaianas

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I’m usually just at home the day after Good Friday. My Havaianas never run out of stories to tell.


Making a splash at the Municipal Beach in Pagudpud were the fruity pop-up shop and beach bar. Havaianaticos were treated to Plato Wraps, halo-halo and summer spritzers. Selfie-ing just got more zealous:) There was visual fire dancing by sundown.

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The hardworking Bernard and Me-Ann Macaraeg of Visionaire, Inc. and Red Dot stores


There’s something about Kit Mandac’s OOTD and her floral arrangement:) She’s matchy-matchy like the time she did the tropical flowers at the press launch of last year’s first MYOH in Ilocos.

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A Kaway-Kampay event of the PGIN was happening simultaneously.

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Rubbed eyeballs with a bunch of friends like Spider Rodas, photographer Glenn Tumaneng, the Vertext family, Pagudpud tourism officer Peps, Lovely Abadilla and a lot more.

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Behind all the Beauty that is Adams


You can cry in awe at the natural riches of the mountain town of Adams, you can also cry in alarm at the beauty in retrograde. More than a week ago, a hornbill-wielding Adams local made the rounds in the net. On Holy Thursday, walking the paths to glorious havens, howling slices of burnt old sod cripple you momentarily.

Late last year, 3,250 hectares (32.3 sq km) of the only remaining high-biodiversity lands were proclaimed the Adams Wildlife Critical Habitat (AWCH) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (Read my story on Rappler here.)

Who is terrified of a fangless snake?

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Going to Adams in 2005 was a turning point in my life. So much beauty to suck in. Before the rainforest town turns into another denuded town, I made a pact with myself  to help save in my own little way what is there left.

Between 2005 and the present, the town has changed hands at least 2 times. The concept of ecotourism my organization (LEAD Movement) has tried to establish in partnership with the local government in 2005 has evolved into two things, economy and tourism. The third element — the eco in ecology was left behind.

Natural assets are magnets to the lust of greed and power. Miners from the outside world remain to threaten these ancestral domains. Sitio Bucarot is a looming security issue — shades of  Spratlys. Archaic indigenous culture persists to defy conservation.

All an ordinary citizen like me can do is bask and pray in Adams.

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The Mitsubishi Showroom and Service Center in Laoag


I still have to win the lottery to be able to afford my own SUV, but for those of you are considering buying a nice sporty ride like the Pajero or Montero Sport, or perhaps a Strada truck, the Northpoint Alliance Motors Corp. (NAMCo) has recently opened in Laoag. Also for Mitsubishi owners who want only the best for their babies.

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Visit the huge showroom and service center along Airport Ave., Buttong, Laoag, or call Sean (CP No.: 09175977704) for inquiries.

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A Kids Only Camp for Earth This Summer

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Hi, parents of Ilocos! My organization, the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement (LEAD), has partnered with Project 101, in cooperation with Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens, for a summer ecological conservation camp for kids, ages 5 and up. We chose the NU Botanic Gardens as venue because it is a living museum of more than 1400 plant species. It has a butterfly sanctuary, a grass-covered lawn and tree-shaded grounds, ideal for camping, as well as comfort and indoor facilities. The 2 and a half-day camping event on April 25- 27,  is sure to be fun-filled, what with a lineup of outdoor adventure activities, basic life support techniques in case of emergencies, arts and crafts, dish gardening and, yes, culinary with the experts.

At heart, we aim to empower the kids to get out of their comfort zones and embrace the outdoors and adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.

After all, a fresh perspective on the environment at youth makes all the difference.

For more inquiries, and registration forms, you can also contact:

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