A refuge in Bauang, La Union: Maritoni Bali Suites and Villas


When I heard my neighbors Tony and Mary Teng were building a resort in La Union, it came as a surprise. They are in Laoag most of the time and extremely busy tending their businesses, two of which, the Hotel Tiffany and  the hotel’s famous Macy’s Diner. On second thought, their children are now able to help run their companies. It was Tiffany and Tracy who helped the dad put together Maritoni Bali Suites and Villas in Bauang.

The Tengs

The 4800-sq. meter resort was designed by Architect Rex Hofileña (he also designed Sitio Remedios). Almost complete, the 2 family-style villas are underway while all of the 28 suites are ready for occupancy. Not to forget, Richard Bumanglag, the Hotel Tiffany manager, shuttles back and forth to oversee details.

The family’s close friends in Manila and Ilocos traveled to celebrate the ribbon cutting and blessing of Maritoni. The portmanteau is quite cute and suits the laid-back motif. I personally love the idea that you can also make it a wonderful pit stop in between a long travel to the north, or an alternative home if you’re going to surf in nearby San Juan.

The suites are fairly sized, couple friendly, and has indoor as well as outdoor shower spaces (In fact, my favorite part of the room. See what I mean in photo below).

A pool awaits guests and the beach is just across the street.

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Maritoni Bali Suites and Villas
National Highway, Brgy Paringao, Bauang, La Union
Globe 0906 5947741 Smart 0929 1201884
PLDT Manila 02 370 9005 PLDT La Union 072 670 7478

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Ilocos Summer Preview

Ilocos Tomatoes

My summer has officially started with a road trip to La Union. I’m saving more exclusive space for the opening of the newest hideaway, Maritoni Bali Suites and Villas, owned by good friends Tony and Mary Teng, the same owners of Macy’s Diner and Hotel Tiffany in Laoag, just a little south off surfing spot San Juan.


Meanwhile, take a look at my new discoveries. Went with the guys to burn some incense at the Ma-cho Temple (in San Fernando) and headed to Halo-Halo de Iloko before going back home. However. Reny and I were not rushing, so we climbed up the Sta. Maria Church, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ilocos Sur. And then sunset at Suso Beach beckoned. The beach brought to mind memories of childhood travels with my mom and dad.

Ma-cho TempleMa-cho Temple. La UnionPicture 350PagodaMa-cho TempleShelvesOfficial First Day of Summer 2015CenterpieceOfficial First Day of SummerShower HeadssummerMango and Ampalaya SaladKilawen a Kalding ken ArarosipUntitledBuko Halo-Halo with Pandan Yema18th century Sta. Maria ChurchSta. Maria ChurchSta. Maria Church, Ilocos SurIlocosSuso Beach SunsetSunset StopBeachTrees and the Sunset
Photographed by Reny Tan and Blauearth
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Daing (Dried Fish) Vendors of Damortis


The sunny side of the National Highway in the Ilocos Region belongs to dried/smoked fish vendors and stalls lining the length of Damortis in Sto. Tomas, La Union. Call it any name you want, daing, tinapa, or danggit, a beaming Filipino breakfast like no other registers there and then. The specialization of Barangay Damortis in preserving bangus, espada, pusit, sapsap, dilis, alamang, basosong, monamon, padas and others radiates, especially with good government support by way of tangible projects such as a mariculture park, with a market in the Damortis Fish Port and Ice Plant, a research center and an institute offering diploma courses in aquatic technology.

I photographed one vendor, then there were four, and then everyone wanted to smile before the cam, hahah, and the ladies on the other side of the road didn’t want to be left out!

Manang TinapaTinapa, anyone?On the sunny side of the street
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