Written on the sands of Ilocos (Remembering Benny Arce)

The Running ManONE YEAR AGO

Manong Benny was very early for the Reuters shoot with Michaela Cabrera. He was running the sands of Laoag (La Paz), the rock of sandboarding and 4×4 sand dune adventure in the Philippines.  “This will be your chance to let your voices be heard.” I was emotive… he was cool as a cucumber.

The following week, before we even get to watch the NBC News Today video clip, he left the world in his sleep.

Reuters-LEAD Movement shoot in Laoag 3

A couple of multi-awarded and iconic foreign and local movies were filmed at the rambling geological monument. Picturesque, yes! Comfort-wise, it is the most unlikely place you’d spend your summer in. Benny figured out a gameplan to enhance Reny’s brainchild. On a paper, he created the bigger picture, he added the dune buggies (and not one camel), the zorb balls, the zipline, the cafes. A complete research paper.

They say good men die early.

We will forever remember his contribution to Ilocos Tourism.

Benny and RenyBenny Arce

No one will ever replace the late executive director, Manong Benny Arce, in the hearts of the LEAD Movement LEADers. His groove was an antiseptic to an otherwise earthy world.

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