From the Philippine Islands — A Merry White Christmas

White Christmas... more fun in the Philippinesimage via DOT

White Sands

In my beloved Ilocos, the sands in Pagudpud lend an air of a beachy white Christmas. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunrise in BanniaranBanniaranThe Cabanas

Leehua, some friends and I did the honors of warming the first cabana of THE CABANAS, the brand-new place to stay in Sitio Banniaran near the Blue Lagoon area. A loft makes it possible to comfortably accommodate up to 8 people.  Breakfast was fine; clean roomy spaces and amenities such as flat screen TV, air-conditioning, hot/cold shower, loads of soft pillows, warm fleece blankets, firm mattresses and thick white towels made our stay cushy and warm. (Contact Espie or Geralyn for bookings at thus number: 0919 387 7528.)

The Cabanas 2The CabanaPancakesThe Cabanas' BreakfastPagudpud

Photo of Blauearth by Ivon Dominngo
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DOT and Globe seal tie-up to promote the Philippines

DOT-Globe MOA signing "It's More Fun in the Philippines" and Pinoy Homecoming

The Department of Tourism (DOT), Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) and Globe Telecom seal partnership through a memorandum of agreement to aggressively promote the new tourism brand “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” and the Pinoy Homecoming campaign, in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 181 “Declaring the Years 2011 to 2016 as the Pinoy Homecoming Years, in a prelude to the 114th Independence Day celebrations at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila, yesterday.

“Embodying the new voice for Philippine tourism, the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign is an open invitation for people to join in for a more heartfelt, interesting and complete touristic experience,” DOT Assistant Secretary/TPB Officer-in-Charge Domingo Ramon “Chicoy” Enerio III said. “It’s been making a lot of headway six months after its launch,” he added.

To fortify the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign, Pinoy Homecoming was designed to encourage overseas Filipinos, particularly the 2nd/3rd generation and their peers and colleagues from the mainstream, who are either relatives or friends to come and visit or invest in the country and avail of the incentive-based balikbayan program, wherein they can avail of various discounts from its many merchant partners, and be ambassadors of promoting the country to the world.

DOT-Globe Press Con

On the other hand, Ms. Rizza Maniego-Eala of Globe Telecom International Business Group announced that Globe is embarking on a multi-million dollar expansion project which includes top tourist destinations.

Synergy between DOT and Globe and the collective effort and involvement of the people will help sustain the momentum of the new integrated tourism campaign. Let’s all keep the FUN rolling.

Watch the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team’s Agawang Buko – It’s More Fun in the Philippines.

At the press con and launch, I got to meet and photograph fellow bloggers and print and TV personalities.
Rizza Maniego-Eala and ABS-CBN news reporter Jing Castaneda

Rizza-Maniego-Eala and ABS-CBN news reporter Jing Castaneda.


Shared a table with fellow bloggers Enzo Luna, Chuckie Dreyfus, Chuckie’s wife Eileen and Jonver David.

GMA News Unang Hirit writer Teng Agatep

GMA News Unang Hirit segment producer Teng Agatep.

Bloggers 2

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Berry, Berry Strawberry

Berry Strawberry

I happen to love anything strawberry.
Strawberry Shortcake, the greeting card character. The cutest!
Strawberry shortcake, the cake. Exquisito!
Strawberry parfait. A childhood paborito. (Laoagueños, remember Hot Stuff?)
Frozen strawberry daiquiris. Eeek, disco days!
Chocolate-dipped fresh strawberries. Mmm, Ghirardelli!
Fresh strawberry smoothie. Wee, I just had a tall glass:)
Hand-select succulent strawberries… it’s more fun in the Philippines!

Strawberry Picking (in La Trinidad Valley)

Thanks to the Cordilleras’ subtropical highland climate, Baguio has become synonymous with strawberries.

About 10 kilometers from the heart of Baguio (every Pinoy child’s dream destination) are La Trinidad Valley’s 66 hectares of strawberry fields, simply called the Strawberry Farm. Experience strawberry-picking to your heart’s content within November and May!

Guess what else is berry Pinoy in Strawberry Farm?

More strawberry than Cobunpue’s:)5 pesos per shot on the strawberry chair:)Strawberry Key ChainsHandmade strawberries.Strawberry Coin PursesHand Knitted Strawberry Mobile Phone Cases
La Trinidad sorbetero (ice cream man)…
Sorbetero (Ice Cream Man)
Strawberry sorbetes (“dirty” ice cream)…
Pinoy Strawberry Sorbetes ("Dirty" Ice Cream)
Strawberry-flavored Lengua de Gato milk cookies…
Strawberry Lengua de Gato
And taho with strawberries in syrup!
Strawberries in syrup (with taho)

The Classics
Strawberries by the basket…
Strawberries by the basket
Strawberries by the box…
Strawberry StandStrawberry MarketFresh Strawberries
Forever the pasalubong…
Strawberry Jam
Shades of strawberry…everlasting garlands.
Everlasting (from the Land of Strawberries)

On a side note, La Trinidad was our original destination. The Land Cruiser the men were supposed to check out was too pink. Kidding aside, I had fun photographing Strawberry Land in sixty seconds.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012