REPRISE: The Philippines’ First-Ever Sandboarding Competition in the Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes

You can watch Laoag City’s very own festival in the desert in this video produced by Red Dot Stores.

GMA News 11 I Love, Pinas! host Carlo Lorenzo and production staff shot portions of the sandboarding competition.

May I reiterate that the first-ever sandboarding competition was held in the Laoag Sand Dunes, a National Geological Monument that occupies a part of La Paz, Laoag City. If you happen to have watched GMA NEWS 11 “I Love Pinas” Paoay episode, on March 15 midnight, I personally find it rather confusing that footage of an official Pamulinawen Festival event found its way into another town’s own feature and not the I Love Pinas Pamulinawen Festival episode which was aired a week earlier. I called the attention of the crew at their office. I hope they made the necessary changes since they are also airing the show abroad. In fairness to the host city, Laoag, and organizers and presentors of the Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition, the Sandboarding Event rightfully belongs to the SAND DUNES OF LA PAZ IN THE DESERT OF LAOAG WHERE SANDBOARDING IN ILOCOS TRULY ORIGINATED.

*Read the very first feature of Sandboarding in Ilocos Norte in the LEAD Movement blog.

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Laoag’s festival in the desert: Celebrating sandboarding

In the Land of the Sand, Ilocos, 180s and flip turns and failed 360s were displayed to the amusement of a fun-and-sun-loving crowd in the desert of La Paz, Laoag. Kabobs and “sand”wiches with Havaianas Spike were the flavors of the day. (View an earlier post about the first ever Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition here.)

Race LEADers - Sandboarding consultants Marc Nicolas and Mark Manangan.


Time Trial Race Winner Marky Miranda

Mr. Carlos Fariñas awards Freestyle Category Winner Lou Dave Sanquina

Congratulations to the Winners of the First Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition!!! Freestyle Category: 1st – Lou Dave M. Sanquina, 2nd – Jay Clavel, 3rd – Emma Manuel Time Trial Race 1st – Marky Miranda, 2nd – Eugene Tan, 3rd- Harry Yumul

Update: The third and final category is scheduled on Saturday, February 18, 2012, 9 o’clock sharp. Meeting place: Macy’s Diner, 8 o’clock sharp. Check out the wall of Ilocos Sand Boarding on Facebook for complete details.

The event was presented by the LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement, the City Government of Laoag and Havaianas.


The LEAD Movement extends its gratitude to the following: Mayor Michael V. Fariñas, Mrs. Chevylle V. Fariñas, Havaianas, Red Dot, Ms. Mary Ann Cua-Macaraeg, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Apostol, URC, North Solid 8, Shop&Go, Ms. Lee Hua Lu, Choco’s Lechon Manok, Mr. Dexter Castro, Mr. Sammy Blas, Barangay Captain Jeff Fariñas, barangay officials of La Paz,, Suvtuv, Mr.Rainier Kau, Mr. Carlos Fariñas, Ms. Karrots Nazareno, Ms. Ishii Villaseca, Mr. Jackie de la Cruz, Mr. Bernard Macaraeg, Mr.and Mrs. Ace Mandac, Mr. Ajo Rumbaoa, Mr. Kriss Nicolas, McShine Customs (MJ, Mave, Adonis and Cherilen), Ms. Marianne Pasion, Ms. Joyce Ann Red Custodio, Mr. Rommel Felipe, GMA News 11 I Love, Pinas!, Core TV Vigan, bloggers, guests and participants, and to all those who’ve helped in one way or another make the Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition a success.

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Photography by Marianne G. Pasion for LEAD Movement. Visit Marianne’s blog.
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