Hello, dear readers! I’ve been keeping this a secret for the past 2 weeks until I was given the green light to enter the gates of the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City last Sunday. LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement was invited by Dateline Philippines on ANC to talk about, first and foremost, its sandboarding and 4×4 adventure offering, the vision, how LEAD is able to promote the not so ordinary thrill that is attracting tourists to Ilocos, and the other things pertinent to Laoag as a travel destination. Though how much I was wired thinking of bright studio lights and a no-take-twos kind of interview, I had to put my best foot forward being the LEAD Movement spokesperson. It saddens me that the late Manong Benny Arce, the LEAD Movement Executive Director, has to be permanently away during events such as this one, but at the same time, the good memories he left us inspire us all the more. He was a genuine LEADer, who was so generous sharing his vision and his time and effort for the advocacy of LEAD.
The live guesting at the ABS-CBN Newsroom, with Stanley Palisada and Caroline Howard as news anchors, turned out fun and not too scary after all. I owe it to my childhood friend and BFF Alma Ajero, her daughter Julia, and my son Eugene for lending me moral support. If you’ve watched it, please forgive me for the goofs. Will be posting a video of the longish interview when I see one.
I brought to the set our new sandboard custom painted by MJ Ruiz and favorite Ilocos products like Adams Bugnay Wine and Marianne Gaces Pasion’s Thought Journals.
Direk was so warm. I thought he’d scold me after I did the blunderous bye-bye-chair scene prematurely. Guest coordinator Janette was also very helpful. In behalf of LEAD, thanking each and everyone behind Dateline Philippines.