From BlauEarth, congratulations, Ivon!The Philippine Daily Inquirer apparently inadvertently captioned the photo with Paoay Dunes. It was shot in Barangay La Paz, Laoag City, also a part of the vast Ilocos Sand Dunes.Ivon Domingo posted an erratum in her blog, Viewfinders Keepers.By the way, Ericke Tan is “the girl checking her bike before pedaling down and up the sandy trails…”Here’s an earlier article, penned by Ivon, which appeared in the Philippine Daily Inquirer-October 7, 2011 (view large).
Ivon interviews Ericke Tan and MC Manangan of the LEAD Movement.The LEAD Movement’s Eugene Tan.On the same afternoon of the photo shoot with Ivon, LEAD Movement leads the visiting tourism students of Columban College-Olongapo to an awesome La Paz sand adventure.
I, personally, guided a touring couple the other day. Stoked for the unique La Paz sand adventure were Bong (from Iloilo) and Marge (from Manila). They are also LEAD Movement’s first clients for the bike cruise.
I saw how the two exuded exhilaration. I overheard Marge say, “Ang sarap mag-sandboarding!” a couple of times. When I asked Bong how was the 4X4 ride, he replied, “The best!” What matters most to me when I’m guiding is the happiness and satisfaction I see on clients’ faces.
It’s a good thing typhoon Juaning spared Ilocos. Overcast skies make for good biking weather. Glad the photos are not that bad.
It was a surprise to discover that another tourist, from New Jersey, is the husband of my sister’s good friend, Joyce, who I haven’t seen in ages. Arnold and his son, Michael, and some relatives also had the sand adventure package (4X4 ride and sandboarding). They obviously were having a great vacation in Ilocos.For inquiries and reservation, contact Reny Tan 0919-873-5516 ; 0932-358-7521 or Benny Arce 0917-523-0331
Here are photos taken from the Gov. Bojie Dy & Rodito Albano 1st Invitational 4X4 Challenge in Ilagan, Isabela, last weekend. The youngest in the competition, thirteen-year old Brandon Tan, is the only competitor who hails from the Ilocos Region. For the said race, he signed up with GMA Butaka Off-Roaders. Joining them in the fierce race, amidst the scorching heat on the first day, and rains on the second day, were seasoned 4X4 racers from Four-Wheelers Ilagan, Batil Patung Offroaders Club, Santiago Extreme 4X4 Club and Nueva Ecija Off-Roaders.
The end of Brandon’s last run on the second day. Out of 19 challengers, he came in 12th.
Red Diwa topped the race, Joel Miranda came in second and Jojo Sison, third.
Yes!! It’s out!! My eco-adventure group, the LEAD Movement, in rockin’ sand adventure photos in Monday, a 3/4-inch thick corporate culture/consumerism/lifestyle mag in the Philippines. FYI, it is the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement that innovated sandboarding in Ilocos.
Grab a copy and see more of the best of my beloved Norte!
With special thanks to Monday, Karl de Mesa for the story, and Paolo Seen for the photography!
Also to Mark Castro and Ericke Tan who gamely posed under the scorching heat in Norte!
The International Channel Shanghai (ICS) just left Ilocos after shooting an Ilocos Norte adventure for Getaway, a travelogue series presented by lawyer and tv host Cameron Anderson. Sandboarding and off-roading were part of the gameplan of the Shanghai-based television broadcast company.
We learned that the Chinese nationals are fond of the beach, and in Shanghai, they don’t have something like our unique extensive sand dunes. Getaway did major beach hopping in Ilocos.
Cheers to you, guys! We hope you had a fantastic getaway to Ilocos.
Many thanks to the Philippine Tourism Office Philippine Consulate General-Shanghai, DoT Region I Office, Dot Laoag Sub-Office, Provincial Tourism Office of Ilocos Norte and the International Cable Shanghai.
Glenn Guerrero and Brandon Tan of the Laoag Off-Roaders compete in the hardcore off-roading world of the National Association of Filipino Off-Roaders, popularly known as the NAsFOR, at the Gawaygaway-yan 2010 in Cauayan City, Isabela. The intense 2-day event (April 10-11 2010) was a display of guts, skills, machines, sportsmanship and camaraderie.
For making the Tough 20 of the NAsFOR event, the duo were awarded certificates and goodies from Colt 45 and ASG-Ultra Lube MFR Motor Oil. A big congratulations to all the event organizers and participants.