Teacher Herdy asked Eugene if I wanted to join his MMSU Batac students for a National Service Training Program Civil Welfare Training Service (NSTP CWTS) cleanup activity in Davila, Pasuquin. I wasn’t able to go the first time, but last Saturday, I made sure I would be one of the volunteers. I’m happy that there are more people who are taking notice of the importance of our mangrove ecosystems. We need to take good care of these natural structures for sustainable coastal and marine resources and protection against typhoons and soil erosion. Let us not choke up our mangroves with plastics and other pollutants, neither cut off the mangrove trees.
The distinct finger-like roots of mangrove trees.
Mangroves are crucial to fight tsunamis.
Kudos to the MMSU Batac BS Computer Science and BS Math student volunteers and their class adviser.
More threats to the mangroves.
Making sure the garbage goes to the city landfill.
Si Manong naman. Nagmukha akong Senadora with verbal diarrhea after seeing the minibus driver empty the back luggage compartment of the garbage bags full of plastic trash the kids initially loaded. And where? Naku po! At the end of the narrow road leading to the highway. Pina-load ko nga uli.
Thank you to the Barangay Davila Officialdom headed by Barangay Captain Agoo.
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Ilocos Norte takes pride in its verdant surroundings and fine beaches. The southernmost town of Badoc, hometown of great painter Juan Luna, also boasts of Badoc Island, a surfer’s paradise. Go north and you will find the Coral Rock Formations — Currimao’s treasure — in Brgy. Pangil. The beach, very child-friendly, is a wonderful snorkeling spot. The next town, Paoay, is home to an idyllic beach in Brgy. Masintoc. If you’re yearning for utmost peace and quiet with just the relaxing sound of ocean waves, this is definitely paradise for you. A little up north in Paoay is Suba Beach and next is the more popular Calayab Beach near the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel in Laoag.
There are many undiscovered beaches in Laoag. La Paz, proximate to the sand dunes, is one. I could go on and on. My pro surfer friends visited once to explore surfing spots; they all agreed that Caaoacan is ideal.
North of Laoag, you can easily find delight in the fishing town of Pasuquin where there is a long stretch of sandy shores. Barangays Nalvo and Estancia translate to beach bliss. I rediscovered the beauty of Sexy Beach in Estancia just recently (click on to read an earlier post). And here’s a bonus — entirely for nature appreciation — an eco-tour at the Davila Mangroves. Please respect the place once you’re there and marvel at the distinct ecosystem — a sanctuary for juvenile ocean creatures. It was where we took-off for our incredible and unforgettable dolphin exploration adventure, which is possible only within the months of March to July. Also, a must-see is Kapurpurawan (sometimes spelled as Kapurpuraoan) Rock Formation in Burgos.
Not to be missed is The Windmills of Bangui, built by the Northwind Power Development Corporation, after which you can end your beach hopping in Pagudpud. If you can’t decide where to go, as there are many good choices… oh, I recommend visiting Saud, Blue Lagoon and Pasaleng, then decide where to chill-out the longest.
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