Palm trees, hibiscus flowers, fresh fruits, seashells, blues, splashes of white, sandy shores and Havaianas.
Did you know that Havaianas was inspired by the Hawaiians and their hang loose culture? To celebrate the 10th year of Make Your Own Havaianas, our favorite flip-flop brand is all set for the biggest customization ever. It’s a nationwide luau celebration from May 7th to the 10th! Flash the shaka! In Ilocos, Robinsons Ilocos Norte Activity Center will be echoing the warm air of Aloha Hawaii. Aloha hula girls, ukeleles, tikis and pineapples!
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From Balaoi, Pagudpud, we went farther north to visit Portabaga Falls in the charming, verdant little town of Sta. Praxedes, the first town of Cagayan if you are entering from Ilocos Norte. It’s May weather hot all over. Caught Mayor Esther Aguinaldo before the huge TV, awaiting the fight of the century (as of this writing, we all know what happened next).
The water cascading to a mix of adult and kiddie-friendly catch pools is cool, fresh spring water. She explains that the pools are emptied at the end of the day, but the water doesn’t go to waste as it is used to nourish farmlands. Through diligence and support of benefactors, the nature park has prospered with additional facilities, particularly comfortable family, standard and dormitory-type accommodations, a spacious function hall and more shaded areas, and is projected to boost tourism in her town. It’s wonderful to know that trekking to the forested environs is another activity being offered by the local government-managed park and resort.
Here’s a video of the waterfall (taken during cooler months I assume), which I found on the net.
Woven sarakat aka pandan products are the town’s OTOP. Leehua bought herself a chicified bayong. Love it in a mix of summer orange. The town is also a producer of dried gamet (Porphyia.sp) or local nori. A great idea, the Sta. Praxedes Gamet Gatherers and Vendors Association pack them with accompanying indigenous recipes.
The town celebrates the annual Sarakat Festival starting middle of May. Hope to be able to go and explore more of Pagudpud’s neighbor, Sta Praxedes.
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