Surf’s Up in Sabang, Cabugao

Sabanf Surf Scene

Yesterday was a great day to explore the second most northern town in Ilocos Sur. Only then did I discover that Cabugao is home to the newest surfing destination in the north. Through the twists and turns of the Salomague Road, with no signs, it was easy ending up in another village. The locals were helpful, however, in leading us to Sabang. To surfers, the quiet, less crowded Sabang is Kido’s Point, named after its pioneer surfer, Ronald “Kido” Cabasug.

Kido was trained by visiting Australian surfer, Rene Hodgens, in 1993. He continues to be the big influence in the growing culture in the fishing village where surfboards are paddled most, next to bancas. The swells from the north and south produce quality waves.

Sabang, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur

Kido heads the group of Sabang surfers known as Surfing Ilocos. A local competition around the coast  is slated this Saturday. They also teach beginners the sport. (For inquiries, contact Kido Cabasug at his number, 0905 778 4292.)

Next year, the group is again also assisting the Philippine Surfing Federation with a national event scheduled on January 28-February 2.

NeutralityOut to the SeaSurfing IlocosSt, Benedict Island, Cabugao, Ilocos SurBoard WalkSurf Lights

No waves, no glory. ‘Tis the season to get stoked in Sabang.

Cabugao SurfersYoung Surfer

The youngest, cutest surfer in Sabang.


I’d go boating to St. Benedict Island, a private island off the coast of Sabang, when the winds are down.

Other Points of Interest in Cabugao

St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur

At the side of the Cabugao Municipal Hall is the St. Mark the Evangelist Church.

Sunset at Salomague

Not too far from the surfing capital of Sur is the historically significant Salomague Port and fishing village. Salomague Port was the foremost entry point of the Japanese Imperial Army during the WWII Japanese Invasion.

BancaThrough the BoatSakada Centennial Memorial

The Sakada Centennial Memorial, situated in Salomague, was built in commemoration of the first Ilocanos who left for Hawaii in 1906 to work as sakadas in sugar cane plantations. In Ilocos, the old-timers and their descendants are commonly referred to as Hawaiinos.


Sundown at Pug-os Beach, known for its white pebble sands. Beach resorts can be found around the area.

*With special thanks to Barangay Captain Eduardo Cobangbang, Sr. Ronald “Kido” Cabasug and the friendly surfers of Sabang.

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Homecoming Queen


Happy to share with you photos from last weekend at the beach. Instead of us bringing balikbayan Ericke to places, she gave us her happy place. Lynne made us suman with lots of ladek to enjoy after lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort. All we did was laugh and relish her presence. Before sunset, we headed south to Bergblick for an early dinner. A day of precious moments.

Eugene and the WaveIn This CornerBrandon on BoardSandy BeigeIn ContrastPagudpud!InstaxKapuluan LunchBanterSun FunH2OEugeneBlue GreenSpacesFuji InstaxGirls of the Same Hair

I just have to be in a photo with Kapuluan Vista Resort’s Alma Oida. Girls of the same hair..

Light LeakBergblick DinnerThai Fish Carpaccio

Thai fish carpaccio at Bergblick. Appetizing! One platter isn’t enough!

SmilesClouds Over CordillerasPaint-Splattered Skies
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Holy Week Sightings: KA-BLOG’s Mico Aytona, sandboarding and other bloggables on Ilocos sand

3/31/2010 Mico Aytona shoots an episode for GMA Kapuso’s Ka-Blog, a teen magazine show. The Laoag Sand Dunes sandboarding/off-roading feature is scheduled to air on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM.

“Astig!!!!” was all he could utter after driving the mean machine on his own. Overwhelmed, perhaps.

Sandboarding, the new board sport on sand to try in Ilocos! Developed by the LEAD Movement.

A ladybugged tourist. I think she got ’em from here.

Chucked… or Converts? One and the same. Laid-back chic personified.

Now they can wear their scarves, which were ubiquitous on the streets  in 2007.

Fashionable size… MINI! Ewww, if you bring the whole bottle!!!!!

4/2/2010 I spotted the roving Havaianas team 🙂 They ended giving me one of those flip-floats.

Fit and fab Alma Oida in surfing mode. Surfing lessons in Kapuluan Vista Resort, anyone?

The most adorable reusable water bottle I spotted at the beach. It belongs to Red Dot’s fashion guru, Me-Ann Cua Macaraeg. It’s from Pylones (pronounced pee-lone), her fave store for the cutest knickknacks.

Photography gear envy! I have to get a DiCAPac SLR Pack Waterproof Camera Case for myself, too.

One of these surfboards belongs to ABS-CBN kapamilya Jericho Rosales.

Or, maybe, one of these. Surf’s up photos of Echo. *inserts* I had to check… he was on a purple one.

Henna tattooing by Tattoo de Iloco found at the Villa del Mar beachfront in Saud, Pagudpud.

Skin art masterpiece by no less than Janer Santos, The Premier Tattooist of the North, a PhilTAG member.

The leading handy phone dealer in Ilocos Norte, Vertext, also set camp in Villa del Mar. Mixing business with pleasure 🙂

I overheard that kapamilya  Enchong Dee and Victor Basa were on the other side of the Saud Beach stretch. Promise to post photos if Ericke was lucky.

Wishin’ you all a happy Easter and a bright summer!

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0932-358-7521. P2500/hour – maximum of 4 persons/jeep. Price includes 4×4 & sandboarding adventure.
Janer Santos Tattoo de Iloco contact # 09203466607
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