The game-changing Laoag sandboarding on its 9th year

The LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement kids, who helped put the Laoag Sand Dunes on the adventure map, now grown-ups, in a more adultish vid.


So many changes since that trial ride on August 2, 2009 in La Paz. A co-op has brought together LEAD, the originators of sandboarding in the Philippines, and all the other operators who came after LEAD, for a common good, which is to boost tourism in Laoag City and the rest of the North. The expansive dunes which also cover parts of Paoay and Currimao make Ilocos Norte extraordinary. Have you had your own sand adventure yet?


Playing With Big Boys

GoPro Hero3

Adventure is fleeting. Sometimes we need something to stimulate our mind, relive those awesome moments all over again. Cameras were invented to make us see every spontaneous detail, tiny or great, relevant or irrelevant, such as the color of the sky, the movement of water, the bend of a tree, that life-threatening swerve for instance. — put together, those tiny details complete the picture.

GoPro  Hero3

But what about the restless adrenaline junkie who wants to play and record his feat at the same time? A handsfree GoPro camera can be a wonderful fix. Ericke simply knows what to send the boys. For the techies, the Hero3 has a 12 MP sensor capable of capturing 4K digital video at 15 fps, 2.7K video at 30 fps, 1440p at 48 fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120 fps and WVGA at 240 fps. The lens is fixed and it doesn’t have a viewfinder, though you can check the view through your phone ‘coz it’s built with WiFi.  The video below is just a test case of the HD quality.

GoPro Test Drive

While imaginativeness is needed the moment you click a handheld camera, a GoPro makes you see all within the 170-degree angle if you’re mounting it good. There are various mounting accessories you can purchase depending on the activity you will be recording. It’s shockproof, lightweight that you can carry it on your head. A waterproof case can likewise be purchased to protect the cam while filming extreme water fun.

Enjoy photos of the boys taken with my D90. I hope you are starting  your week good.

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The Soul of Seoul in Laoag

The Soul of Seoul in Laoag

“How’s Korea?”

“Do you mean the war?”


“No one really cares.”

That’s coming from Benny Song, the Korean Department of Tourism guy who came to Ilocos with travel and lifestyle bloggers from Seoul. They are in the Philippines to tour the key tourism destinations.

Light My FireLawag Lamp

Travel Ilocandia’s Angel Lao, through the DOT Philippines, arranged the sandboarding and 4×4 adventure with the LEAD Movement, and their entire Ilocos tour which they say they are enjoying tremendously.

Angel released her symbolic lawag (brightness) lamp in the sky to make their Laoag stay more memorable. Yeah, baby, light the fire…

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(Collage courtesy of  Angel Lao)

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Rappler journos spell fun at the Laoag Sand Dunes

4WD Thrill

After wrapping up the #MoveIlocos event at the Northwestern University last week, I let the hardcore journalists of Rappler live through Laoag’s signature sand adventure via Lead Movement‘s own brand of hospitality.

Watching the editors outside of the newsroom, hanging  loose in the truest sense of the phrase, gave me a sense of exoneration.

Rappler journos go off-roading with the LEAD Movement

Before letting my guests ride the rough stuff, I’d rap my regulation safety spiels like a flight attendant and end it by reminding them to scream their lungs out. Rappler managing editor/book author Glenda Gloria affirms, “What a stress-buster!”

Heheh, Glenda, Zach, Chay Hofileña, Paterno Esmaquel, Voltaire Tupaz and Patricia Evangelista wouldn’t show me the incriminating footage of their 4×4 adventure. Unfortunately the Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa, wasn’t able to join in the fun.

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– Patricia Evangelista and Josh Villanueva in comedia mode at the Museo Iloco.

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