Laoag City in One Day

The Fort Ilocandia Courtyard and Fountain

The Part 2 of Melanie, Raine and Ali’s Ilocos tour with me takes place in my hometown of Laoag. Like I wrote in Loving Laoag, the cover story of Mabuhay Magazine February 2015 issue, Laoag translates to radiance in the vernacular, hence the sobriquet “Sunshine City.” For not wearing a hat, I got mild sunstroke and had to beg off from another guiding trip for a friend and her friends today. Reminding everyone to drink lots of water and maybe overdose on citrus fruits and put on tons of sunblock and wear protective gear when in Ilocos, especially if you are heading out to the famed Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes. Btw, my group the LEAD Movement started the sandboarding adventure in Ilocos, so anybody interested can just contact me, even through the blog. I will answer all your queries.

The Fort Ilocandia’s courtyard with a fountain still looks so much the same. It is so perfect for an evening event. But because the Laoag Parklane Hotel is so very near my house, the girls made Parklane their home in Laoag, and my humble dining table theirs too.

IlocosRort IlocandiaFort IlocandiaFort IlocandiaLaoag "La Paz" sandboardingOffroading in La Paz, LaoagLaoag Sand AdventureHorse MobileRed DotYou know how girls are.Laoag Sinking Bell TowerLaoag Parklane Hotel

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OOTD: Easy Breezy Boho Saturday


I scored some items with ethnic vibe at Aldevinco in Davao. The patchwork bag I bought for only 200 pesos, roughly 5 dollars.

Enjoying the last sunny weekends of May in Ilocos. I hope you are having a beautiful weekend, everyone!

Boho SaturdayBrick WallLaoagNeutralLaoag Street
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A walk down memory lane


The best years of my life were spent on the block.  I was baptized in this church. The St. William Cathedral.  It looks quite different now. The saints are still there, but the beautiful ceiling murals that I used to stare at as we heard mass when I was a child up to my teens are gone. My dad donated some money for the renovation of the roof and ceiling, so I blame him a little for giving only enough to buy one color paint.

St. William CathedralSunday MassHoly Spirit Academy of Laoag

This was my school from elementary to third year high. It used to be an all-girl school. Naughtiness is the first thing that comes to my mind when I see this antique school building. Slightly and slightly not. The school principal summoned my parents only twice, hahah, omg! Once for teasing Maristela for her kitschy sweater and one last time for a disappearing act. LOL A very complicated story so let me segue into the next paragraph.

ChurchyardLaoag Sinking Bell Tower

The Laoag Sinking Belltower was witness to all the drama of the Holy Spirit girls and the old  Divine Word High School boys. Yay!

St. Willian ParishSampaguitaParking LotCotton Candy ManAiryCotton CandyCotton Candy Love

LoboReligious ArticlesSidewalk WaresSunglasses StandF.R. Castro Street, LaoagTirador (Palsiit)

Slingshots are called palsiit in Ilocano and they’re handmade. I used to see them at Rolly’s, an arts and crafts store where I bought materials for school projects. I miss that store! I pass by the store at least three times a day til my last day at the Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag.

Mall manen...

There’s another superstore being built. I live on the next block, so my neighborhood is imaginably the next big traffic fright.

Fish catch of the day — fresh — what you don’t get to see at the big superstores! There’s nothing like bukto et alia!

FisherfolkBuktoCatch of the day
Fish on the streets

Laoag is getting citified very rapidly. I’m not sure if people are ready to suck in the new lifestyle. I used to love the maaliwalas-feel of my neighborhood even though it is tucked within the commercial area. There are mornings when I wake up to blasting baduy jingle that plays repeatedly the whole day. Really annoying especially to someone who has found home in a city that’s unique now fast losing its character and soul.

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