The game-changing Laoag sandboarding on its 9th year

The LEAD (Laoag Eco-Adventure Development) Movement kids, who helped put the Laoag Sand Dunes on the adventure map, now grown-ups, in a more adultish vid.


So many changes since that trial ride on August 2, 2009 in La Paz. A co-op has brought together LEAD, the originators of sandboarding in the Philippines, and all the other operators who came after LEAD, for a common good, which is to boost tourism in Laoag City and the rest of the North. The expansive dunes which also cover parts of Paoay and Currimao make Ilocos Norte extraordinary. Have you had your own sand adventure yet?


Leo Doctor Makes Screen Stretching Easy and Simple


I came across this curious invention recently. The inventor says, he has sold his 96th unit as of late.

If you happen to be in the silk screen printing business and haven’t found the simple solution to easy, efficient, low wastage screen stretching, this might be the tool for you. An original creation by fellow-Ilocano Leo Doctor, from Pasuquin, affordably priced at P4000-, delivered  right to your doorstep.

Leo says it is very user-friendly and adaptable to various screen sizes.

Check out how it works in the video.

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GoUNLI25 with Unli Viber Chat! Hello!

I’m stoked whenever I watch the Globe GOUNLI25 ad on TV.  The ex-LEAD sandboards are everywhere and the final scene is just so coooool! Manong Benny Arce must be smiling in heaven!

Sent to Manila were original LEAD boards with original footmarks, straight from the La Paz Sand Dunes. LEAD Movement, the innovators of sandboarding in the Philippines, love it that they kept the well-worn look . Go Globe, peeps!

Globe Sandboards
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Benny Arce’s Footprint in the Sands of Ilocos Norte

Before the rainy season arrived, the LEAD Movement was blessed with the opportunity to tell their humble story of pioneering the Ilocos Norte tourism mainstay in the Philippines — sandboarding and off-roading in the distinct rolling sand dunes of La Paz, Laoag  — via Reuters, the international news provider.

How the LEAD Movement wish Benny Arce left us later, just a little later to watch himself tell the world his dream as a LEADer. Benny Arce passed away in the early hours of May 15. Please watch the video and say a little prayer for the fine guy.

Reuters-LEAD Movement shoot in Laoag

LEAD Movement Executive Direstor Benny Arce said: “It would be nice to be called, the Laoag as the sand boarding capital of the Philippines. And maybe we can’t claim that for the whole world, maybe we could say, one of the best in the world.”

It will be remembered  that Manong Benny Arce worked so hard for a sand adventure park blueprint that was submitted to both the provincial and local governments. After one full term, we never got an answer from the leaders.

I quote young LEADer Ericke Tan, “Tito Benny Arce, your memory lives in every sand board track, every foot print and in every grain of sand in La Paz.”

Our heartfelt thanks to Thompson Reuters television producer Michaela Cabrera and cameraman Pedro Uchi. View this travel news feature on the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes posted on

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Check out the LEAD Movement (The innovators of sandboarding in the Philippines) website. For sand adventure inquiries and booking, contact Reny Tan 0919-873-5516, 0917-841-5155 Facebook page.

Video via NTD Television on YouTube
Photographed by Sean Arce, Angelo and Blauearth
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