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Sports icon Dyan Castillejo and prominent TV host Marc Nelson were in Ilocos recently to shoot for Sports Unlimited’s upcoming episodes. At the end of a via ferrata adventure in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Sports Unlimited proceeded to the capital of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City, where they were led to the capital of sandboarding in the Philippines for the uniquely Ilocos thrills, with no less than the pioneers of sandboarding in the country, the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement, simply known as LEAD.

Dyan and Marc are not new to La Paz. Sports Unlimited was the first sports and adventure show that featured the iconic Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes more than a decade ago. A couple of LEADers were among a group that hosted Sports Unlimited for that first ever local sand duning adventure on Philippine television, which later evolved to a creative palangana, yes, a batya adventure, if you will recall. And then came the trending sandboarding culture introduced by LEAD Movement.

Very pro to the core, the duo tried every imaginable trick on a board. The younger members of LEAD were so amazed.

Catch Sports Unlimited every Saturday evening on ABC-CBN with replays on the ANC Channel.

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With special thanks to Sports Unlimited, Dyan and Marc, Gene and the rest of the crew.

Contact LEAD Movement:  Reny Tan 0919-873-5516 /0917-841-5155 or Nicole Arce 0917-523-0331 Like Ilocos Sand Boarding on facebook.

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Presidential sister Kris Aquino explores Ilocos

Presidential sister Kris Aquino visits the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes, part of the Vigan-Laoag feature on KrisTV

Friday last week, we received a call from KrisTV informing us that they were coming over to shoot sand adventure at the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes. Reny, the LEAD Movement President (of the NGO that innovated sandboarding in the Philippines), asked if Kris Aquino would be coming over, and we got a “yes.”  Initially, I thought it was a prank call. Weirdly, we get one of those crazy calls every once in a while. After an exchange of emails with KrisTV researcher Cyrill Tajanlangit, I was still sort of speculative until Wednesday pm when two of Kris’ close-in security aides visit Reny at our home. Don’t get me wrong, of course, we appreciate protocol, after all Ms. Kris is a presidential sister and the undisputed Queen of All Media. Elation sets in.

So real, Ms. Kris Aquino tours Ilocos. Watch out for the airing of the Vigan-Laoag feature on ABS-CBN KrisTV. Its new timeslot is 8AM.

We were more than pleased to have the show’s special guest, the irrepressible John “Sweet” Lapus, on a LEAD Movement sandboard. We watched him go through an emotional roller coaster ride — from a state of frenzy to pride and exhilaration. At the end of the descent, he yelled, “Bongga!” (A Filipino term that means fabulous or awesome.) He heaves a sigh of relief  and adds, “Bandang gitna nakakalula. Pero ang sarap, Kris!”

Sweet, Bimby and Kris AquinoJohn Lapus gears up while Kris Aquino and Bimby watchJohn "Sweet" Lapus on LEAD Movement's sandboardReady, set, go!"Nakakalula...""Bongga!"Kris Aquino and Bimby

With Bimby in tow, mom Kris goes back to offroad with Junior Fariñas, youngest son of 1st District of Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo ‘Rudy” Fariñas.

Kris Aquino tries offroading at the Laoag La Paz Sand DunesDarla Sauler and LEAD's Benny Arce

Entertainment writer Darla Sauler with LEAD Movement Executive Director Benny Arce. In the photo below, with KrisTV segment producer James is LEADer MC Manangan.

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Everything went on very quickly. Stole the moment. Sorry, high noon heat!

With special  thanks to Ms. Krs Aquino, Sweet Lapus and KrisTV.

Our LEAD Movement, sandboarding innovators in the PhilippinesHappy to be a member of LEAD Movement, the innovators of sandboarding in the Philippines

No blinking now. Proud Ilocano moment. LEAD, which stands for Laoag Eco-Adventure Development, conceptualized sandboarding in 2009 in hopes of attracting more tourists to Ilocos Norte.  Although Reny likes to call it a backyard project, we aimed to market the unproductive, idle vast centuries-old sand dunes for niche tourism helping the essential trickle-down effect. It was a long and ardous road.  Those who have followed the blog early on are familiar with that road. It’s almost as old as BlauEarth. We never thought sandboarding would reach this far, this big. We’re moving on to a new adventure. In the works…

On a personal note, I wish to extend my thanks to all those who’ve helped the group in one way or another, to the media for the exposure, and to all those who found hot Ilocos sand adventure cool.

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Also to the LEAD Movement sandboarding team who never tires. And to you, lovelies, who follow the blog, like my posts, and keep me inspired writing about anything under the Ilocos sun. Can I say, you give meaning to my world?

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