The Laoag Sand Dunes By Heart


The Bantay Bimmaboy of our childhood grows with age. But better. In August 2, 2009, a new culture was born. This sandy part of Sunshine City Laoag blossomed into the first ever playground for Ilocos’s indigenous sandboarding and offroading adventure. I think writer Eleanor Leyco of View Travel and Lifestyle magazine October 2013 edition got her geography all wrong when she wrote “Paoay [a town south of Laoag] is the only place where this kind of natural sand formation exists.” In the spirit of fairness, Ilocos sand adventure was born in the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes.

I had a blast with local kids last Sunday. My dear Raine Calucag brought along Norman Cualteros to enjoy sunshine before he gets swamped at his post in the Senate this week.

Brought Alexa for her first 4×4 adventure. I never even noticed she hasn’t rode the toughest FJ40 on earth (hahah, still hunky after 4 years of continuous service). Eugene and his elementary friends were also there. Nina Luis helped me relive memories of our first 4×4 rides in La Paz pre-sandboarding era.

MomentumPhoto by Raine

Norman, the hardcore sandboarder:)

Photo by Raine

Raine’s photos of us are cool. You might want to check out her glossy blog named Soveraine. We are planning on our next adventure with Marianne Pasion, another talented young photographer in Ilocos.

Miss you, Raine!

Light, Cameras, ActionPhoto by RainePhoto by RainePhoto by RaineLa Paz Sand DunesPhoto by RaineThree is a CrowdMutedScreamReunionBacklitIn the Middle of Nowhere 2In the Middle of NowhereTender SunsetPhoto by Raine
Photos by Raine,  Norman and Blauearth
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

In Memory of Former Laoag Mayor Cesar A. Ventura

Ventura Highway Cruisin'

A few days ago, Ava Ventura, daughter of Cesar Ventura, left a comment in this old post. Though Ana Ventura-Remigio is a FB friend, I think I’ve never met her sister Ava. In my lifetime, I’ve talked to their dad only once, at a kids’ school program when he was still mayor. The former mayor of Laoag City left to be with his creator today.


Before sand adventure in Ilocos (La Paz, Laoag, to be exact) became a big hit, the dirt road leading to the Devil’s Drop, where most of the action takes place, had a sign that read Ventura Highway (check out the old post for the street sign post). This year, the road built by the late Cesar Ventura has already been improved to the tune of millions, but the beat-up Ventura Highway sign was never replaced.

When I was researching for the old post, I couldn’t find any article connecting to the Ventura project. I followed my instincts.  Why is it so hard for other people to give credit where credit is due?

Ventura Highway

Times may change, but history can never be altered. To many of us who have regarded La Paz as our weekend home, the legacy of the late former mayor Cesar Ventura remains.

Thank you, sir, for your vision of the La Paz Sand Dunes.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013