Laoag’s Urban Horses Go Country

Kwentong Kuchero

The weekend scene along Ventura Highway in Talingaan-La Paz shifts gears with the inspired idea of setting up an outpost for the KKK. The what? Hello rustic! Kabalyo, kalesa ken kuchero of the Laoag City Calesa Association, led by Roel Respicio, offer a new one with nature kind of trip at the famed sand dunes of La Paz.

The Laoag Eco-Adventure Development or LEAD Movement, through President Reny Tan, are helping out promote the new adventure in Sunshine City Laoag to sustain Ilocano culture and tradition and augment livelihood of the tireless kucheros.

Ericke, her best friend Ivon Domingo (a LEAD Movement honorary baby) and I road tested first the horsey fun:) Check out Ivon’s gorgeous photos in her blog.

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The serene panorama of the Padsan River.

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Ilocos offroading and sandboarding were born in the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes — an adventure innovated by the LEAD Movement. Try ’em all or pick your peg.

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Call or text LEAD Movement (0917-8415155/ 0919-8735516) or Roel Respicio  (0999-6873803) for bookings. Can accommodate large groups.

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Museo de Bacarra: New Ilocos Norte Heritage Museum

Museo Bacarra

Happy to be back in the blog and to share photos of the latest museum in Ilocos. To be formally launched on the 24th of October is the Museo de Bacarra, created by the Local Government Unit of Bacarra through the financial assistance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is located at the St. Andrew Parish Church Compound, a stone’s throw from the Bacarra Leaning Bell Tower.

Bacarra, Vatican Town of the Philippines

It was Joy, our Bacarreño friend, who ushered Marianne, Joan and me to the museum. A wonderful discovery: “The Balikbayan Town” of Bacarra  is also heralded as The Vatican Town of the Philippines after having produced the most number of priests in the country following the introduction of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines.

Amidst all the antiquities from the past, the tour was pleasant, with soothing, happy Ilocano piano music in the background. We have to thank Vicky Bonoan and Armando Pasion, who acted as our educational tour guides. According to Armand, it took the initiators only two months to put together the entire collection.

Vintage SuitsKarison

Hahah, a karison!


We call that dulang.

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Well-preserved 19th century documents.

Century-Old Bilog (Boat)

It’s a century-old bilog (boat).

Museo Bacarra

There’s Vicky Bonaoan with us — shot by  Armando Pasion.

TunnelPhoto of La Residencia (Peralta ancestral home)

La Residencia is the ancestral home of the Peraltas, used as location for the Richard  Gomez-Dawn Zulueta-starrer Hihintayin Kita sa Langit. The house is not far from the museum.

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The leaning Bacarra Bell Tower, built during the Spanish Colonization Period.


We had a brief stopover at Ella’s for Ilocos empanadas before heading back home to Laoag. Empanadas are sort of Ilocos’ banner food product.

Ella's Crispy Empanada, BacarraEmpanada makerEmpanada PreparationBacarra EmpanadaIlocos EmpanadasPhotographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012