Ilocos Norte’s best-kept secret is out. I first featured Palpalokada on rappler.com 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.
Ivon gets down to the Earth.I’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.Father 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 www.ivondomingo.blogspot.com, soon.
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