Edmaration vs BlauEarth | Make empanada, not war

Vigan Empanada

Opposite poles attract, I hit it off right away with Edmar Guquib, the blogger from Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We had the honor to tape (guest) for FoodPrints with Chef Sandy Daza in Ilocos Sur (still to be aired this May on the Lifestyle Network). Of course, an Ilocos Sur experience is not the same without the Vigan empanada, just like Ilocos Norte is not complete without the Batac, or Laoag, empanada. According to Bigueños, the yellow Vigan empanada traces its roots to tacos, introduced by the Mexicans during the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, while the Batac empanada, according to Nana Glory Cocson of Glory’s Empanada, her very own empanada creation inspired all the other orange empanandas in Ilocos Norte. Edmar and I both agree, each empanada is different from the other.

FoodPrints Ilocos Sur BTS

BlauEarth deconstructs Edmar Guquib aka Edmaration.

What is Edmaration all about?
Edmaration is a fusion for Edmar and admiration, a name coined by an old friend of mine when I was in college. I thought the name is cool and unique, so I used it to watermark my then photos uploaded on the now defunct social networking site Friendster. College friends started to call me Edmaration. I also used it to name my first ever blog, Edmaration. No longer about my college life, the name Edmaration is all about my blog now. Everytime people call me Edmaration, they are referring to the blogger in me and the blog they read. Edmaration is a travel blog I created to pen down my first motorbike adventures with my brother. However, I discovered later on that travel is a very broad realm, so it was hard to ignore the other wonderful experiences traveling could give like culture, heritage, food and people to name a few. Through Edmaration, I am able to share my stories, insights and my take on anything related to traveling.

What do you do apart from blogging?
I am a full-time nurse assigned to the Emergency Room and Outpatient Department. I also work in the Operating Room though it is not a part of my official designation. If I’m not in the hospital, you’ll see me singing videoke, traveling leisurely or eating empanada in Plaza Burgos.

Vigan empanada and okoy

I’m also a nurse. You’re The Town Explorer, how many miles have you traveled on your bike?
I measure qualitatively how far I’ve traveled. The travel memorabilia and souvenir shirts in my closet, as well as the scars, sun burn and skin abrasions I’ve earned show how far I’ve traveled in the name of adventure. The countless memories and thousands of photographs I’ve taken remind me that I’ve walked, trekked, ran, hiked, flew, sailed and road-tripped far and beyond.

How often do you post?
I don’t maintain a regular set of posts within a time period. There were months that I can publish 13-16 entries in 4 weeks time. Sometimes I don’t write at all. October 2014 to February 2015 was a major blogging hiatus of mine when I didn’t publish new articles due to personal reasons. However, I’m more than happy that I’m back in the blogosphere and I am aiming to post a minimum of two articles weekly. So help me God.

FoodPrints Ilocos Sur BTSFoodPrints Ilocos Sur with Chef Sandy Daza (photo with Edmaration)

Travel or food?
I consider travel to be very broad, so it can be narrowed down to subcategories. I don’t find traveling complete without trying and discovering the local food. It can represent a culture, a group of people or the destination itself.

Describe your hometown of Vigan
My hometown is indescribable. Though not perfect, it is a place that nurtures its citizens through culture and heritage, both the seen and the unseen. We Bigueños take pride in our culture and heritage. It is also culture and heritage that binds as together. While trying to preserve our heritage, the city, in return, has given us the opportunity to live, grow and succeed in a peaceful, culturally-rich community that stays strong and intact. The well-preserved ancestral houses are living testimonies that the citizens of Vigan care so much of the wisdom of our ancestors and the good values they wanted us and the next generations to have.

What to you is the best part of blogging?
The best part of blogging is when one day you wake up and your family, friends and your community are already very proud of you, regardless of your social status, and they realize you are a kickass blogger using your influence to spread hope, inspiration and… wait, uhm, world peace!

Selfie with Edmaration (photo by Edmaration)Lampong (photo by Ali Co-CallejaAt Calle Crisologo with Edmaration

FoodPrints BTS photos by Edmar Guquib, Alina Co-Calleja, Melanie de Leon and BlauEarth
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Young Ilocana Blogger/Writer/Photojournalist Ivon Domingo bags Philippine Quill Award of Excellence

Ivon Domingo-Quill Award

A blog post entitled “Understanding the Philippine’s Power Supply Chain, at Bakit wala kaming kuryente eh hindi naman binagyo ang poste sa (tapat ng bahay) namin” wins Ivon Claire Domingo the Philippine Quill Award for Excellence, under Communication Skills (Writing) Division. Given by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, Quill is the Philippines’ most prestigious and relevant award for business communicators.

Ivon Domingo-Quill Awards

Ivon takes very good photos, in fact, her photos have been published in publications, took up journalism at UP, and according to her blog blurb, has lived alone and nomadic since 16, has had 9 home addresses, made permanent residence in 6 cities and had 6 legit jobs in less than 4 years of catapulting from one industry to another.

BlauEarth asks Ivon, how does it feel winning a Quill for a blog post that was steered to answer basic ranting about “basic” kuryente on social media? “(Uhm), well first, it came as a surprise to me, being that I did not really write it to win an award. It was not my goal. I just wanted to enlighten people in the way that I can (writing), using the resources or channels available to me (my blog), at a time when information was direly needed. I guess it also was, to me, an affirmation that people do read what I write afterall (ha ha!), and that blogging is not just a form of vanity but it can actually be utilized to inform, educate and enlighten, as long as the intent is sincere.”

Congratulations, Ivon!

Photos courtesy of ViewFinders Keepers
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Style File: Ericke Tan, fashion insider/blogger/stylist/environment advocate

For my latest Style Files, I’m featuring my alter ego, Ericke Tan. She raids my closet and wears some of my things better than I do. A couple of weeks ago, she traded her new pair of sunnies for my eco-bag. The sunnies were actually more me. But she can be my worst critic. I listen anyway because I admire her fearless fashion sense.

Like any mother and daughter, perhaps, we know each other only to a certain extent. There are certain things in this world that we don’t talk about no matter if we live in the same house.

Now’s the chance:)

What’s the first thing you do as soon as you wake up?
Check my phone then take another 5-minute nap:)

What did you want to be while growing up?
My earliest memory was that I wanted to be a vet. But that’s when I thought vets had to deal with dinosaurs.

What’s on your playlist?
Indie music along with oldies but goodies like classic No Doubt and Garbage.

Where do you often eat out with Alvin [Alvin is the boyfriend]?
He cooks for me most of the time, but Saramsam and Bistro 51 are our go-to places.

What’s your fave dessert?
Oh my… I can live off sweets. That’s like asking a mom who her favorite child is. I guess French macarons because I don’t get them often.

And your favorite fruit?
Watermelons!

What are your three favorite beauty products?
MAC Scarlet Ibis, Majolica Majorca lash extension mascara and fluid liner.

Heels or flats?
I prefer heels, I feel sexier and more confident in heels. Let’s face it, I need the added height. But I’m working in flats because I have to walk around a lot.

What’s your typical work day?
I usually don’t have enough time to dress up before going to work, so I usually keep it casual. I have to be at this office by 8:30am, browse the internet for upcoming trends, check emails, meetings and go to Red Dot every so often.

Who is your style icon?
Anna Dello Russo, she does a sophisticated take on the “I don’t give a shit, this is what I want to wear! style”.

Your favorite fashion moment?
When Björk decided to wear that swan dress for the Red Carpet! Tell me it doesn’t put a smile on your face when you remember it.

What is your signature style?
I’m always in short shorts and breezy blouses with stacks on stacks of accessories. Haha!

What’s the one thing you would never wear?
PLASTIC BRA STRAPS! I don’t get them, they’re not invisible at all!

What’s the most abused item in your closet?
This ugly bronze glitter dress I got from the ukay. It looks like an old lady’s costume for Halloween, dressed as a pirate. I still haven’t figured out why I bought it.

Is there anything you’d want to change about yourself?
I wish I had more patience to learn things.

What’s your fashion advice to girls your age?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Wear whatever you want as long as you’re comfortable.

How do you see yourself ten years from now?
Living in a beach somewhere. Seriously. My friend Ivon and I plan to register for a bank account called Ericke and Ivon’s Beach House.

Tell me the last thing you do at night.
Same thing I do before waking up. I check my phone.

Photos via Ericke Tan and Ivon Domingo’s facebook accounts.
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