Kapuluan in Pagudpud, the common denominator

We keep going back to this little piece of heaven tucked away in Balaoi, Pagudpud. We were there, again, yesterday.

Ambassador of surfing, actor Jericho Rosales and Pure Power Gabriel Valenciano were staycationing for the Holy Week. They hit the beach for some action.

I didn’t mind the sultry sun… the view was great!

Champion surfer Nikki de la Paz was impressive.

Another excellent surfer, architect Buji Libarnes, in red, was having a swell time. I guess everyone had positive vibes. Did I mention he designed the resort? The best choice, I think… someone who loves the beach and truly understands the whole surfing lifestyle.

Kapuluan’s very sweet and nice Alma Oida joined in.

Alma’s husband, Mike, is out to get his adrenalin fix. Both of them attend to the kitchen, their very own organic garden, their guests, the operations, and still find time to ride the waves.

This pair of Sperry Top-Siders caught my attention. I wonder who owns them?

He was taking photos of the surfin’ bunch. I asked if he is a photographer… he is more than that…

He turns out to be cinematographer Ricardo Jose “DBoy” Trofeo.  We talked about Lensbaby, Holga and Diana, Hasselblad, Panasonic LX-3, Leica, Nikon and Cannon, paperweights, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese, my camera viewer’s dirty protector and a lot more. His mother is a Rivas from Vigan. “Quiet” is how he described Northern Ilocos. Such a pretty straightforward but humble person… he directed the photography of  quite a number of films such as Nobody, Nobody but Juan.  He wouldn’t tell me; I had to search the net when I got home 🙂

Here’s a larger view of Echo.

Do you recognize this lady?

All geared-up here.

Ahh, BB Gandanghari! My family and I love her!

Love these guys, too. Thanks to Echo and Gab for being so nice.

My first shot of Echo

More on Kapuluan in my next post… hittin’ the sack in a while. It’s 7:18 am.

Previous posts on Kapuluan… here… and here.

All photos by Blauearth  Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

8 thoughts on “Kapuluan in Pagudpud, the common denominator

  1. hey there nice photos.when you getting your lx3 let me know will help you.this is my cell no….takecare always.hope to see you sometime.

    • Oh, Hi!! I will be needing your help on photography matters. Seems I’m a photojunkie na.. but one who just clicks and clicks 🙂 TC… I’m renting your movies when I get back home. Off to Isabela.

  2. On my annual leave, I flew all the way from Kuwait to Davao and then Manila to get on a road trip w/ a dozen more friends towards Ilocos Norte that ended up at Kapuluan Vista. I have to tell you it was the longest yet best ride of my life to date.

    First thing we did in Vigan was eat papaitan at 7 in the morning. Went around Vigan, saw Marcos, saw beautiful rice fields and ate ilocano delicacies to my hearts delight (I’m half ilokana half bisaya).

    My take on Kapuluan Vista? If I have to choose between any 5 star resorts in Bora and Kapuluan? I’d choose the latter down pat. I love how they run the place, the owners are really friendly (swam with us and their kid once), they let us play with Drew to our delight, and they serve the most delish foods!

    When I go back in Pinas, I’m planning to do some R&R again in Kapuluan, my friends gets tired of me gushing about the place but I don’t care =)

    • I agree with you 100%. If Kapuluan didn’t exist, I’d probably just pitch a tent somewhere in Masintoc. In perfect harmony with the environment — the best thing about Mike and Alma. Drew is soo adorable!!


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