Palpalokada, Burgos: A photographer’s paradise

BTS: Ericke-Ivon fashion shoot in Palpalokada, Burgos (2)

Ilocos Norte’s best-kept secret is out. I first featured Palpalokada on on March 6, and surprisingly, it was the number 10 story on The wRap Your World in 10 March 7, 2012 Edition.

I later posted another story here in BlauEarth and since then, I’ve been receiving emails with all sorts of inquiries about the place which Mayor Cris Garcia introduced to us in an exclusive fam tour.

Three Sundays in a row, we were there to take photos. I tell you, time is never enough… there’s just the superabundance of natural beauty!

Last Sunday, Ericke invited her soul sister, photojournalist Ivon Domingo, to go with us to Palpalokada. OMG, you should have seen Ivon’s face as she got nearer the stage-like  edge of ‘paradise’… naloka, literally! If I heard her right, she  muttered, “kayat kon sa nga iyimot.” Understandable, that was also my initial reaction when I saw the place. It’s more of  fear of losing Palpalokada to exploiters and capitalists. I pray I didn’t commit a grave mistake by featuring this national treasure… keeping my fingers crossed.

BTS: Ericke-Ivon fashion shoot in Palpalokada, BurgosPalpalokadaIvon Domingo, young Ilocano photojournalistIvon gets down to the Earth.The blau-est backdrop I could ever find in IlocosI’m nearing my 4th year of blogging; hence the new look of my blog inspired by this photo. My friends Edna and photog Marianne Pasion suggested I should use this, but then I couldn’t just crop out that beautiful sky. It’s a good thing I realized I have a wonderful alternative, shot by Marc Nicolas the very first time we visited Palpalokada.RestIvon and ErickeEricke and IvonIvon and her museHikerTrekking in Palpalokadabeach forestIn bloomFather and daughterFather and daughter.

(Ericke’s own yellow Convertible Wrap Dress was designed by Ilocano fashion designer Jaynny Lao, who was featured in Style Files in this blog just recently. Check out her multi-way dress here.)

Watch out for the Ivon-Ericke collaboration on their  respective blogs, surprisinglykitsch and, soon.

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

Romancing Ilocos Norte (by Ivon Claire Domingo)

The model and fabulous young fashion photog, Ivon Domingo. She ought to be in photos herself.

Ericke says of Ivon, “She marches to the beat of her own drum.” Her other name is Beb. Why Beb? Nabebebang daw ang mga guys.

Ivon is a leader in her own right. The pretty photographer from San Nicolas is currently a UP Baguio student taking up Journalism. She has worked as an intern at the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company.

Location: Sta. Monica Church, Sarrat and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Model: Ericke Tan. Styled by Ericke Tan. All photos by Ivon Claire Domingo