Bods and Bubbles (Ilocos Norte let loose)

In the first ever fun and fab Ilocos Norte Street Party, presented by Governor Imee Marcos and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, in cooperation with Vertext Handyphones, bodies sashayed, eyes popped, hearts throbbed, hips gyrated, temperature fluctuated…

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A peek into the Museo Centro, the first green building in Ilocos

The Museo Centro, the first green building in the North, a contemporary inclusion in the  historical Museo Ilocos Norte compound, was broken-in for Panagrubuatan 2011, a Museo Tribal event featuring a painting and photo exhibit and tribal dances from the highland towns in the province.

The structure, made with recycled materials like reclaimed wood and bricks, is set to house posh establishments like pastry and coffee shops in the near future.

The new building gets spruced up for the pre-New Year event late last month.

Patrons of the arts, Governor Imee Marcos and neurosurgeon Dr. Joven Cuanang of Sitio Remedios in Currimao and Pinto Gallery in Rizal, in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Governor with distinguished guests.

Gorgeous in a red jersey dress, Manang Imee beams in the company of Bishop Sergio Utleg and Mrs. Araceli Drake, Director of  the Museo Ilocos Norte.

The green building gets all lighted up.

A stunning fusion of the old and the new.

Adams Mayor Eric Bawingan proudly checks out photos of his town.

Co-blogger Edwin Antonio, a member of The Ilocano Photogragraphic Society aka TIPS, with his photo shot in Adams.

One of the sold paintings that evening, an awesome painting of an Ilocano OFW.

I was eying this one, but  firstly, I don’t have a beautiful house, secondly and lastly, I don’t have money for a painting.

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Fresh from a photography session in Sarrat, at the Sta, Monica Church, these kids were about to leave our house when I saw them upon getting off a tricycle from the the Museo Centro. I wanted to let them appreciate the arts and culture thing, so I went back with them in tow

Remember Ivon Domingo, the young photographer? I asked Atty. Nesty Corpuz if he could grant us a photo-op, in lieu of his daughter, smart and lovely anac to Batac broadcast journalist Niña Corpuz-Rodriguez of ABS-CBN. Omg, Ivon not only posed with sir Nesty, she also received a flattering comment from Niña herself, on FB!! Oh, life! (Thanks, sir Nesty and Niña!)

Ericke reunites with IZEM owner/photographer,  Mr. Lito Villamarin, after about 15 years. Ericke’s cute portrait was used for IZEM’s window display for a time.

Posing with a portrait of Lola Ingga Acupan of Lola Ingga’s Tapuey in Adams. She’s one of the most photographed personas up north. She’s also a good friend.

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Tupig: Oldie But Goodie

On December 26, the Convento Ruins right across the St. Augustine Church in Paoay was transformed into an arena for the first ever TUPIG COOK-OFF in Norte. The best tupig makers in a showdown! What better way to honor this old-age tradition than by staging the convergence in the Christmas Season when tupig-making gets busiest — for carolers, noche buena, presents, pasalubong, etc.?

A variety of tupig was showcased, from heritage to new. The different towns  and cities of Ilocos Norte were represented.

One among the recipes on display.

New-age tupig ingredients: margarine, condensed milk and cheese.

Tupig ladies in festive dresses.

Matching table covers and aprons.

Perhaps, muscovado sugar was added to this one.

Strange but novel tupig with gamet (local nori seaweeds) from the Burgos group.

Ready to bungon (wrap).

The wrapped raw tupig mixture.

Pre-dug abot (hole) with live coals and stones over the galba sheet.

Tuno (grilled) –the traditional way to cook tupig, before pa-urno at bakeries and conventional ovens were invented.

Bacarra represented by RIC.

The sold-out mountain rice from the Nueva Era group. Mixing business with pleasure:)

Binagkal samples were shared. Also from Nueva Era.

Karioka aka binuelos and baraniw tea as well.

The event turned out to be an attraction to walking tourists.

Manila tourists.

More Manila tourists enjoying the samples.

Manang Imee got to award the winners, Currimao, 1st, Banna, 2nd, and Paoay, 3rd.

My personal favorite was Pinili’s, a sticky traditional tupig with black sesame seeds.

Congratulations to each and everyone!

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