The PEGA Sociocultural and Adventural Exchange

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The formation of the Philippine EcoGuides Association is a unique story. We are such a tiny group, but assuredly, the different regions in the country are well-represented. It’s that thirst for adventure that keeps us connected. We may live on the opposite ends of the country, but we breathe the same air.  We practically live on the same thing. like Chisum Factura is the pioneer white water rafting outfitter in Cagayan de Oro; Reina Bontuyan, besides being a true-blue adventurer, co-manages Viajero Outdoor Centre, the leading outdoor shop in Northern Mindanao; Tsunami Valenzula is a seasoned kayaker as well as the best tour guide Bulacan can ever have; and Paul Calizo and Jonathan Estrella are assiduous tour guides in Davao. Together with Eric, Reina’s hubby, and new friends, adventurers Jason and Cham Garrido from Leyte, we exchanged ideas about the latest trends in adventure tourism, over Ilocano food at Saramsam, followed by coffee and beer at Johnny Moon. They got me Cagayan de Oro’s famous pastel (yummy yema-filled buns) and Paul brought over mangosteen and durian yema balls and a lovely silk pareo. More than the pasalubong, I appreciate so much the invitation to represent PEGA in the 4th National Tour Guides Convention held in Norte earlier this week.

In addition to the food adventure, got them stoked for LEAD Movement’s indigenous adventure in the Laoag Sand Dunes in La Paz, my turf. It’s that sense of place, pride and ownership that defines the very first sandboarding in Ilocos.

Promised everyone to attend the next convention in CDO a year from now.  Mark Yañez offered to be my river guide! White water rafting, hell yeah!

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Gangnam Style Invades the Laoag Sand Dunes

Ilocos Sandboarding Gangnam Style

Exchange students from Korea are in Ilocos via the International Student Exchange Program. Some Gangnam moves… the horse trot on the desert of La Paz. They had the ultimate off-roading and sandboarding experience with the LEAD Movement. The kids had so much fun, they wouldn’t want to leave.

Welcome to Laoag, Korean friends! Awesome 강남스타일!

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Oppa, the Korean school principal with manang Mrs. Sandi, the principal of the host school, the Ilocos Norte National High School.

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Last Days of 2012


The world survived the Mayan calendar — what 2012 was to all of us. An awesome year!

My boy Brandon grabbed a double victory in Vintar’s 9th Siwawer Off-Road Challenge. At 14, the youngest challenger won the modified/tube buggy category besting 13 contenders and sealed a double victory in the reverse track shootout.

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A double celebration — Martine’s birthday and Brandon’s double victory.

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Our holiday photos…

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– Miss chocolate cake.

Green Stuff

– Grasshopper + green tea KitKat.

Wishing everyone the best in 2013! Thanks for all the love!

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