As happy as a sandboy in La Paz

Interesting places will always have a place in the hearts and minds of the intrepid travelers. Amid terror threats and travel advisories, the Philippines manages to draw visitors from various continents. Sandboarding and dune bashing at the dunes of La Paz (in Laoag) is gaining ground as a must-do attraction in the Ilocos region. As the new Department of Tourism slogan says: It’s more fun in the Philippines!

We, Filipinos, do love Happy Facesツ

One of the exchange students from the Korea Ulsan Namgu Shinjeoung-Dong Wolpyeong Middle School, currently enrolled in a speech development course at the Ilocos Norte National High School Special Science Class, affirms, “this is a priceless experience,” referring to the sand dune activity hosted by the non-government organization LEAD Movement, who created the sandboarding sport in the Philippines in 2009. During last year’s holidays, visitors from all over the Philippines likewise flocked to the La Paz dunes, the most suitable place for such sand activities in the country.

Being a member of the eco-adventure group that advocates responsible tourism and helps in ecotourism and community based rural tourism development, I am pleased as punch seeing the fruits of our labor — the trickle-down benefit sandboarding brings. And with more sandboarding outfitters following the LEAD, we at LEAD Movement  say “Merry Sandboarding! With big thank you for your support, guys.”

View “Sandboarding sa Ilocos Norte, nauuso” featured on GMA network’s Saksi evening news program (click here).

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

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