Ilocos Norte Celebrates the Re-Acquisition of the Malacañang of the North

Governor Imee Marcos and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte host the celebration of the the re-acquisition of the Malacañang of the North on January 1, 2011. The former Ilocos Norte residence of Ilocos Norte’s great son, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, is back to the Ilocanos after it was turned over by the Philippine Tourism Authority. Thank you to President Noynoy Aquino!

The PGIN property was filled to the rafters. Revelers were treated to a fun show and concert by the lake.

The party scene…

Governor Imee Marcos with true blue Ilocano, Manila-based fashion designer Edgar Madamba and Singaporean Pastor Brian Shah, adopted son of Ilocos Norte.

Fellow eco-adventurer and fine pianist Bishop Sergio Utleg and Laoag City Mayor, Michael Fariñas.

Enjoying the night…

Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta and other VIPs.

Fab Ilocana, shoe connoisseur Camille Fariñas-Mathay, one of Manila’s new breed of young socialites.

Cutie JR Fariñas and gorgeous fashion model/GMA Artist Center talent Ria Fariñas.

The Chinoys of Norte with Mark Chua.

Big brother of the Fariñas brood, Carlos, and Ericke.

Fire show.

Splendid fireworks! Happy New Year!

Concert by the lake.

Congratulations to Manang Imee for the rousing success of Baru A Rubuatan 2011! Cheers to a great start of the year!

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After the party, we went back to shoot the fabulous framed photos of The Mother of All Fabulousity, Madame Meldy, by Steve Tirona.

Ericke and lovely Lovely Abadilla, CSB Pre-Law graduate and San Beda Law stude

Alexa at the former room of sisters Imee and Irene.

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Celebrity Sightings in Ilocos

Commercial model/TV actor/poster boy Rye Fariñas at the Provincial and City Government Joint Christmas Party 2010.

Showtime Season 2 Grand Champion, The Laoag City Gymnastics Group in a rare live performance.

Michael, Matthew and Borgy Manotoc with their fabulous mom, Gov. Imee Marcos, at the St. Augustine Church in Paoay.

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The Zapp Family spends Christmas 2010 in Ilocos Norte

Spark Your Dream is a book written by Candelaria and Herman Zapp. It is an awesome story of an Argentinian couple living a dream life around the world. They travel the world in their wooden-wheeled 1928 Graham Paige limited edition. From Argentina to Alaska and many big cities and obscure towns, and to the Philippines… they are enjoying the warm hospitality of the Filipinos. “I am amazed,”  beams Candy. “Filipinos are extroverts.”

I asked what is the most unforgettable part of their journey. “The people,” says Herman.

The Zapps visit The Capitol of Ilocos Norte.

Manang Imee Marcos speaks fluent Latin.

Signing a book for Manang Imee, the 9th of the last books they brought with them to the Philippines. (Happy to have one!)

Spending a night at the Mira de Polaris Hotel of doctors Francis, Jr. and Gretchen Ranada.

After shoppin’ for necessities at the Robinsons Ilocos Norte. “In the Philippines, I am impressed that you have everything,” says Candy.

Their kitchen.

Lunch at Macy’s Diner, where they had steak, bagnet, spaghetti and banana smoothies.

The eldest Pampa. Pampa means plane:) His siblings are named Tehue, Paloma and Wallaby.

Off to Pagudpud for a Christmas Eve by the beach in Saud Beach Resort.

The Zapps love Ilocos. They feel comfortable leaving their car unlocked.

“I wonder how will it be when the children are bigger.”

“We’re taking it one day at a time. We never plan.”

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