Not America’s song, folks, Ventura Highway is the road to the dunes, the famed sand dunes of Barangay La Paz, Laoag. Cesar A. Ventura built the road during his term as mayor of Laoag back in the early ’90s. I still have to ask him if he was inspired by the country tune to blaze a trail in the middle of nowhere. The sentiment — “Chewing on a piece of grass, walking down the road… Ventura Highway in the sunshine, Where the days are longer, The nights are stronger than moonshine… Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair… Alligator lizards in the air, in the air” — echoes the mood of the road.
Former mayor Cesar Ventura’s legacy affords convenient passage through the surreal desert for one and all. I heard a sizeable amount of his personal money went to the construction of the road. Truly grateful.
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