The Buko Roll and Lechon Bread craze hits Laoag

Buko Roll

K’s Bakeshop and Delicacies, originally from Tuguegarao City, arrives in Laoag, offering fresh ways to love bread. Karen Bayog’s twist to the buko pie, a bread roll filled with glazed young coconut meat, is attracting even rich kids I know who eat more sosyal pastries. I tried it myself and found it unique. It’s almost like fresh from the oven pan de coco, but with more bite and oomph. The healthier lechon (hahah, budget lechon), is sweet bread formed in the shape of a pig. A tad sweeter that panaderia monay, says Louie, the manager I suppose.

Their cookies are supersized. Custard cake comes also in mamon size. They accept orders for customized rolls and cakes. Though located west of the business district of Laoag, it is close to the bus terminals, particularly RCJ, Fariñas Trans and Maria de Leon and government offices. They are open 24 hours a day, so K’s Bakeshop is a welcome relief to many.

I saw my favorite moon cookies, you know those plain, crumbly old-fashioned cookies.

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K’s Bakeshop and Delicacies Don. S Hernando Ave., Laoag City. (Located near RCJ Terminal.)

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The bridal car

Bridal Car

On 12-13-14, friends of our family, April Ong and JC Castro, wedded in style as these pics (I chanced upon on the bride’s Facebook timeline) will prove. The 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe, owned by JC’s late paternal grandfather, Dr. Jovencio Castro, was the perfect choice for their vintage chic inspired wedding at the St. William Cathedral aka Laoag Cathedral.

As a Tom Cruise fan of the 80s, how can I forget the red car? The Chevy Fleetline figured prominently in the Academy Awards Best Picture war film, Born on the Fourth of July, shot in part in Laoag City. (Check out 6/9 video clip with Tom Cruise and Willem Dafoe below.) That happened decades before JC and his brother JR restored the car into gush-worthy immaculate condition.

In love and war, in sickness and in health.

Best wishes and congrats, April and JC!


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In a sense historical, the 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe in an epic scene from Born on the Fourth of July.

Born on the Fourth of JulyScreen grab from on YouTube

For the specific clip with the exact Chevrolet Fleetline car used in the movie, browse through the playlist to 6/9.

Castro-Ong Wedding photos (first two photos) by Paolo Feliciano Photograhy
Prenup photos by Marianne Gaces Pasion Photography
Photos courtesy of April Ong-Castro

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Laoag Lantern Parade kicks off Christmas festivities

Laoag Lantern Parade 2014

The lighted Laoag sign was “transported” to the Tobacco Monopoly Monument for the annual Lantern Parade.

Laoag Lantern Parade 2014

Getting the first whiff of Christmas, promenaders and selfie addicts gathered at the Aurora Park to appreciate the artistry and colorful harmony that radiate from the barangays. Icons in the city such as the Laoag Bell Tower, the calesa, and the symbolic sun were made focal point in the show of parols. Lanterns were noticeably made of recycled and indigenous materials.

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This year, the Laoag City Hall giant Christmas tree is covered in snowy white leaves and adorned in silvery trimmings.

Dec 8 update: Here’s a photo of the lighted Laoag Christmas tree in changing colors.

The Laoag Christmas Tree 2014
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Just In at Red Dot | Happy Skin

Happy Skin

Who would forget Kris’s Valentine Kiss on the front page of a daily? It’s the good reviews, however, that keep on bringing girls to Happy Skin, the beauty brand developed by Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, authorities on skin and beauty.

Rejoice, Red Dot in Laoag is the newest home of the original Filipino cosmetic brand. Happy, they have testers!

Happy Skin

I like the texture of Shut Up & Kiss Me. Found pretty pinks, peaches, berries and nudes. I stay away from nude nudes, so I’m always on the hunt for happy neutrals for everyday wear.  Happy Skin had the Asian skin in mind, I guess, so you’ll love any of their foundation basics, just as I love Soft Beige, both the powder and creme. But it’s the Zit Zapper Second Skin Cream that I’m more excited about. Tried it on and after 4 hours (while blogging), the whole thing is still on. It turned dewy, but not at all oily. It’s supposed to work well for oily and sensitive skin.

Check out the Happy Skin counter. My friend Mara Manuel and other makeup artists will give tutorials this weekend. You can inquire at Red Dot for specific dates.

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