Ang buhay ay color color lang

At a meeting in LA yesterday, I heard Leni was set to file her CoC for president. Pacquiao, Marcos Jr., Ping, and Yorme Isko have already made theirs official. When I arrived home, news of her filing were all over the net. Pink, suddenly, was trending. Not BBM’s pink shirt nowadays, but Leni’s new yellow. The rebranding is refreshing. For having the courage of her convictions, she deserves more the girl power pink.

News from my city of birth, Laoag, was getting interesting too. The same old political parties running against each other now include first time politicos and surprisingly a seasoned one I thought has already retired from the political arena. I noticed the newbies are mostly from the business sector. Just a thought that crossed my mind, let us all pray for economic recovery for the greater good and not for a politician’s own personal enrichment, especially during these turbulent times.

Like I said in my last post after the May 2019 elections, anything can happen before the May 2022 elections. The Keon and Lazo pairing is now officially off. Both are running against former mayor CVF. Manong Rudy’s eldest son Carlos is Chevylle’s running mate. Marcos Jr.’s heir, rookie politician Sandro, officially attempts to snatch the Ilocos Norte District I congressional seat from incumbent Rudy Fariñas’ daughter Ria, who has shown she can stand on her own.

Among the reds, the pinks and the greens, the only noticeable yellow I saw was the shirt of Manong Puco Aurelio when he went to file his CoC for Laoag City Councilor as an independent candidate.

Best of luck to all the candidates! Please make it clean, and color the future bright.


Laoag’s festival in the desert

Ericke was imagining a Coachella vibe when we were brainstorming for the Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition to the point of saying “fauxchella” everytime we were discussing details. It wasn’t hard to relate, Laoag is also known as “The Sunshine City” while Coachella, the “City of Eternal Sunshine.” If Coachella has the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, we dared dream of staging Laoag’s very own sandboarding event in the desert:)

Sandboarding is relatively new in the Philippines. Innovated by the LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement in August 2009, it is the latest attraction in the Ilocos Region. To put it to the next level, LEAD partnered with the City Government of Laoag, headed by Mayor Michael V. Fariñas through the City Tourism and Social Concerns Office chaired  by Mrs. Chevylle V. Fariñas, and Havaianas, in organizing the first ever sandboarding event in the country.

The scorching heat did not deter the stoked 49 participants from the towns of Vintar, Bacarra, San Nicolas, Laoag City and Barangay La Paz to sign in for the Freestyle Category and Time Trial Race of the competition.

Corona impeachment trial prosecutor Ilocos Norte Rep. Rudy Fariñas and his family went dune bashing around the dunes. His eldest son Carlos, a certified triathlon athlete, was there to act as chairman of the the board of judges. Members of the board were extreme downhill biker/chef/restaurateur Jackie de la Cruz, Red Dot’s Data and Operations Manager Bernard Macaraeg and all the way from the country’s fashion capital, Manila, fashion stylist/illustrator/multimedia artist/travel junkie Julie Villaseca and Anthology Shoes Creative Director Karrots Nazareno.

GMA News 11 I Love, Pinas! host Carlo Lorenzo and production staff shot portions of the sandboarding competition.

Pretty emcee, Miss Laoag ABC 2009 Joyce Ann Red Custodio.

Fab Ilocanas Me-Ann Cua-Macaraeg (second from left), Angel Alvarez Lao, Mary Ann Liu Ang, and Ilocana by heart Batangueña Teenie Umali-Fariñas.

San Beda Law student/dirt biker RJ Fariñas.

Kapuluan Vista Resort owners Mike and Alma Oida, daughter Bo and new baby.

Cousins Sean and Carlos Fariñas

Gorgeous-looking couple Raffy and Teenie Fariñas.

Flanked by two Ilocos Times journos:)

And then branding Ajo passed the cold water:)

{Judges: clockwise, Carlos Fariñas, Bernard Macaraeg, Karrots Nazareno, Jackie de la Cruz and Julie “Ishii’ Villaseca.}

La Paz Barangay Association President Barangay Captain Jeff Fariñas (in white) with older brother EJ and cousins Sean, Carlos and cousin-in-law Janina Medina-Fariñas and co..

To be continued.

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Photography by Marianne G. Pasion for LEAD Movement. Visit Marianne’s blog.
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