Laoag Lantern Parade kicks off Christmas festivities

Laoag Lantern Parade 2014

The lighted Laoag sign was “transported” to the Tobacco Monopoly Monument for the annual Lantern Parade.

Laoag Lantern Parade 2014

Getting the first whiff of Christmas, promenaders and selfie addicts gathered at the Aurora Park to appreciate the artistry and colorful harmony that radiate from the barangays. Icons in the city such as the Laoag Bell Tower, the calesa, and the symbolic sun were made focal point in the show of parols. Lanterns were noticeably made of recycled and indigenous materials.

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This year, the Laoag City Hall giant Christmas tree is covered in snowy white leaves and adorned in silvery trimmings.

Dec 8 update: Here’s a photo of the lighted Laoag Christmas tree in changing colors.

The Laoag Christmas Tree 2014
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The Loveliness book from Two Lovely People

Loveliness The Book

A package arrives. I open it. Loveliness. It’s Ace and Kit’s self-published book of beautiful photos that capture their very heart and art.

I browse through the pages. I see the first line from a post in this blog.

“A match made in heaven. I’m referring to husband and wife team Ace and Kit Mandac’s mutual artistry and propensity for fine taste.” (Full story here).

Happiness is when you see something and a tear rolls down. I’m happy for Ace and Kit. And Ava. The words in the line are the most accurate words for the couple. I’m not exactly close to them, but respect and admiration for what they are, what they do, and how they treat people in an utmost professional manner, whether clients or not, has brought them close to my heart. Their good taste is more than skin-deep… the loveliness in them both.

Loveliness is about Inspiration and Dedication. It’s also about the couple’s journey as artists.

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Visit Ava’s on Gen. Segundo Ave (Bacarra Road), if you need to order a copy.

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Di Pay Pinagdapil


Pasencia, awan pay basi ken suka diay Bacsil!

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Sadiay Dayo ti Batac

The Kawar Master

The cultural aspect of a place one visits is as fascinating as the sights and food. I really don’t get it when the pa-sosyals look for what else but puro kasosyalan. In my eyes, nothing compares to the rawness of the countryside. I get mesmerized by unadulterated local scenes, I enjoy hobnobbing with ordinary folks, I like digging deep into that carinderia type of food as well, I need to fill my memory bank with vivid representations of the real world.

The Dayo ti Batac, where farmers meet to trade and barter their cows and carabaos, was able to satiate my craving for the neoteric, though it’s been there every Sunday morning for so long now. I got to photograph  the master kawar-maker (in photo above). I asked if there’s a special name for the chain or cow accessory and he answered, “It’s plain kawar.” “Not adorno?” I asked back. He smiled.


Dayo is the Ilocano word for visit.

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The local imapasar made with carabeef and papaitan by Luzminda’s is the specialty at the dayo eatery. I got to like it when we went to their main carinderia in Sinait last month. Impasar is also called sinanglao or paksiw depending on where you eat it.

I was actually hanging out with the FoodPrints production staff and host Chef Sandy Daza, and the dayo is one of the features of the Ilocos Norte episodes. Better check it out on the Lifestyle Network this Sept 7, 8:30 PM, if food adventure is your thing. They looove food and they’re fun to be with!

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