Fiesta del Mar Summer Fun: Narvacan raises its game

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Remember my very own adventure (hahah, tricycle adventure) in and out of NOAH, in institutional parlance, the Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub, a tourism complex in Bulanos in the Southern Ilocos town of Narvacan, which centers on eco-adventure activities, primarily the 280-ft. via ferrata along the walls of Bantay Abot (again, not to be confused with the Bantay Abot Cave in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte) and river and sea adventure thrills?

From its caterpillar stage, Narvacan’s tourism project has morphed into a butterfly, staging sports events and attracting extreme sports enthusiasts.

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Among the activities of various genres in the line-up for their summer sea festival, dubbed Fiesta del Mar, was the Narvacan Mountain Bike Challenge, consisting of DH, Enduro, XCO and Fatbike races, attended by top Filipino riders, among them JR Barba, Jeric Farr and Parabanne Mendoza, international downhillers and XCO bikers from as far as Slovenia and Indonesia and local mountain biking enthusiasts.

The number one advocate of eco and adventure tourism in his town, young and dynamic Mayor Zuriel Zaragoza was visible throughout the events.

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To calm down the adrenaline rush, on the first night of the weekend races, everyone was treated to the mellow music of the Freestyle band surrounding the Bulanos Beach, harmonizing with the rushing waves from the West Philippine Sea.

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