Kapuluan in Pagudpud, the common denominator

We keep going back to this little piece of heaven tucked away in Balaoi, Pagudpud. We were there, again, yesterday.

Ambassador of surfing, actor Jericho Rosales and Pure Power Gabriel Valenciano were staycationing for the Holy Week. They hit the beach for some action.

I didn’t mind the sultry sun… the view was great!

Champion surfer Nikki de la Paz was impressive.

Another excellent surfer, architect Buji Libarnes, in red, was having a swell time. I guess everyone had positive vibes. Did I mention he designed the resort? The best choice, I think… someone who loves the beach and truly understands the whole surfing lifestyle.

Kapuluan’s very sweet and nice Alma Oida joined in.

Alma’s husband, Mike, is out to get his adrenalin fix. Both of them attend to the kitchen, their very own organic garden, their guests, the operations, and still find time to ride the waves.

This pair of Sperry Top-Siders caught my attention. I wonder who owns them?

He was taking photos of the surfin’ bunch. I asked if he is a photographer… he is more than that…

He turns out to be cinematographer Ricardo Jose “DBoy” Trofeo.  We talked about Lensbaby, Holga and Diana, Hasselblad, Panasonic LX-3, Leica, Nikon and Cannon, paperweights, Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese, my camera viewer’s dirty protector and a lot more. His mother is a Rivas from Vigan. “Quiet” is how he described Northern Ilocos. Such a pretty straightforward but humble person… he directed the photography of  quite a number of films such as Nobody, Nobody but Juan.  He wouldn’t tell me; I had to search the net when I got home 🙂

Here’s a larger view of Echo.

Do you recognize this lady?

All geared-up here.

Ahh, BB Gandanghari! My family and I love her!

Love these guys, too. Thanks to Echo and Gab for being so nice.

My first shot of Echo

More on Kapuluan in my next post… hittin’ the sack in a while. It’s 7:18 am.

Previous posts on Kapuluan… here… and here.

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Beach lovers… shake those piña coladas in Ilocos!!

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.

You can always leave a message at the comment box if you wish to inquire on accommodations. I’d love to answer you back, as it is what this blog is all about… and, perhaps, what I do best.

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