Rock my world

Earth's SurfaceThe anthracite-colored formations of Pagali.

There is more life in rustic localities than in the city.

In Burgos, where I ushered the TV Patrol Ilocos crew, we saw rocks of different types —  a showcase of the earth’s surface. We went to Palpalokada and it gave me a feeling of Utah or Arizona. We also visited the salt makers in Pagali and the surroundings were surreal… kinda Hawaii… I was thinking where might have all the black formations come from? A bit eerie, a sleeping volcano must be somewhere, but then it probably was part of the ocean’s floor. We also did a bit of spelunking in the newly discovered Aba-Aba Cave. From where we parked, the same parking area near the Tanap barangay hall, it took us only a 10-minute hike and violá, a beautifully decorated cavern was waiting for the ohs and ahs!  We commonly see rocks and stones as dull or dormant… we treat them pretty unfairly, but it must be in these creations that we can understand our roots… if only we open our eyes to the stories these rocks and stones are hinting at.

Read more about the newly discovered caves of Burgos in Burgos: Transformations through time, one among my favorite posts.

Dalyasat (cross over)Aba-Aba Cave explorationSpelunking in Aba-Aba CaveBurgos local spelunkersStalactitesAba-Aba Cave stalactitesCaving (Paspasurot)
I’m not quite sure if they’re gecko eggs.

Jhonfel's Bibingka, National Highway, Burgos, Ilocos Norte


We had bibingka (sticky rice cake laced with cheese and coconut) and coffee to warm us after a brief encounter with wild winds in Palpalokada.

April Rafales, TV Patrol Ilocos news reporter

More on the salt making community of Pagali up next.

I’m on my way to another adventure in Burgos. She rocks!

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

Connecting Ilocanos through tourism

I am honored and thankful to Miss April Chiang Rafales, who asked me to bring her to the newsworthy locales up in my list. The pretty and smart April is a new reporter of ABS-CBN TV Patrol Ilocos, a highly rated local news program. Special thanks also to Mr. Randy Menor and the TV Patrol Ilocos staff, especially to efficient cameraman Tim and driver Mulo. I had a fine day with them in the great outdoors of Burgos last Saturday. Last but not the least, I have to thank, again, the hospitable leader of Burgos in the person of Mayor Cris Garcia, who I think is now a converted adrenaline junkie. Dry fit clothing become him.

Ilocos was experiencing an inclement weather condition when I thought summer just started — might be a sign of global warming. Nonetheless, the gusty winds did not intimidate us from getting our game plan actualized. Horseback riding in Palpalokada, check, spelunking in one of the 150+ caves around Burgos, check,  and we had time left to visit the local salt-making community and Fish Sanctuary — all on a hurried day!

So as not to preempt the Burgos adventure on television, I’ll post photos next time.

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