Make Your Own Havaianas turns 10

MYOH 2015 - Ilocos

Hau`oli la ho’omana’o, MYOH!

The MYOH 10 years commemorative pair is the best ever! Why is it so easy to love the Vintage Hawaii pair? Because it’s blue and blue is the most universal color I know:) It’s my most favorite color and any color becomes livelier next to blue. Also, because we say “Aloha” here more than anywhere else in the country. It’s safe to say Ilocos is partly the land of Hawaiianos and Hawaianas. And, of course, they are Havaianas, now a (essential) part of our daily lives.

So this is what happened on the first day of the MYOH 2015. I saw many of my dear friends. I had fun being in a photo with everyone. Aloha can mean a lot of different things. I like it more as a hello than a goodbye. Actually.

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Mahalo to Bernard and Me-Ann Macaraeg. Love the couple!

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Thank you, Havaianas!

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The carinderia with no name


Location: Don S. Hernando Ave. (near K’s Bakeshop or the buko roll store), Laoag

Specialties: Salpicao, imbaliktad, beef curry, pares

Ambiance: Streetside, nondescript.

Prices: 50-60 PHP for beef viands, 10 PHP for fried rice. Bone marrow is free (if you ask).

Verdict: If you’re tired of budget food like tapsilog, this is the place to go. If you are budgeting for two, like you have less than 100 pesos to spend, go for salpicao but get one more rice. It’s cooked in margarine, but that’s good ‘coz it’s healthier. On the spicy side, it is tasty with lots of garlic. Pares is supposed to be the star, but is getting eclipsed by salpicao and imbaliktad, says Eki, the young owner. 17-year-old Genesis says bone marrow is anti aging (laughs), so he asked for bone marrow (straight from the fridge) and added it to his hot pares and waited a bit for the bone marrow to thaw. Pares tastes like a cross between corned beef and beef stew. Even better with bone marrow. I ditched rice when I started my Javita diet, but cheated to enjoy the food. Definitely going back again.

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APEC convergence on renewable energy in Ilocos Norte welcomed by protest

Renewable Energy protest in Ilocos Norte - April 13, 2015

On opening day of the APEC-EGNRET new and renewable energy meeting in Ilocos Norte, the rising renewable energy capital in the country, a group of local multi-sectoral representatives show up at Laoag’s Aurora Park to protest the plunder of people’s resources and corporate greed; and to call on government to junk the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), or Republic Act 9136 of 2001, a law aimed to foster competition among power players and bring down electricity prices. But say the protesters, electricity cost in Ilocos Norte remains higher than the average in the country.

Renewable Energy Protest Rally in Ilocos Norte - April 13, 2015

Having opened its doors to non-local renewable energy investors, Ilocos Norte, as host to more private renewable energy corporations, has changed its landscape almost overnight, with the addition of even taller windmills, losing pristine areas and tens of thousands of trees, and is exposed to lose more while projects are underway.

A visitor in the North was overheard to have said, “The northern coastal district is turning into the Divisoria of windmills.”

Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corporation (NLUPC)The Northern Luzon UPC-Asia (NLUPC Asia) Corporation wind turbines in Pagudpud, shot a few months back.

Other demonstrators who joined in are indigenous peoples from far-flung barangays. According to Yapayao tribal chieftain Benny Aquinaldo of Caunayan, Pagudpud, part of the Northern Luzon UPC-Asia (NLUPC Asia) Corp. wind energy project stands on their ancestral domain. He adds, his tribe has not received compensation, except for 10 cows, 11 goats, one goose, one generator, one manual deep well pump and not one single livelihood. The renewable energy company has not implemented the memoradum of agreement (MOA) signed by the Yapayaos and NLUPC Asia, through the process of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) before the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Provincial Office, headed by Atty. Jesus G. Agbayani, reiterates tribal elder Marcos Domingo.

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Laoag City in One Day

The Fort Ilocandia Courtyard and Fountain

The Part 2 of Melanie, Raine and Ali’s Ilocos tour with me takes place in my hometown of Laoag. Like I wrote in Loving Laoag, the cover story of Mabuhay Magazine February 2015 issue, Laoag translates to radiance in the vernacular, hence the sobriquet “Sunshine City.” For not wearing a hat, I got mild sunstroke and had to beg off from another guiding trip for a friend and her friends today. Reminding everyone to drink lots of water and maybe overdose on citrus fruits and put on tons of sunblock and wear protective gear when in Ilocos, especially if you are heading out to the famed Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes. Btw, my group the LEAD Movement started the sandboarding adventure in Ilocos, so anybody interested can just contact me, even through the blog. I will answer all your queries.

The Fort Ilocandia’s courtyard with a fountain still looks so much the same. It is so perfect for an evening event. But because the Laoag Parklane Hotel is so very near my house, the girls made Parklane their home in Laoag, and my humble dining table theirs too.

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