INCinema 2014: Excellence in Visual Media (EVM) Awards Winners



The Excellence in Visual Media (EVM) Awards is part of the INCinema project of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). INCinema features short films produced by the different ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines and abroad.

The awards night was held on October 31 at the Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria.

LIST OF WINNERS:

BEST FILM
First: Batangas - Ritmo ng Pangarap
Second: Southern California - The Golden Goal
Third: Cotabato South - Karangalan

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
First: Quezon City - Kailanman
Second: Metro Manila East - Repleksyon
Third: Tarlac South - Pag-asa ng Nagmamahal

Best Original Song for INCinema Jr: Central - Regalo
Best Film for INCinema Jr: Bulacan South
Best Actor: Metro Manila West - Joseph Camacho
Best Actress: Metro Manila West - Kimberly Cordero
Best Supporting Actor: Batangas - Ymboy Magtaas
Best Supporting Actress: Southeastern Seaboard - Angelina Knies
Best Child Performer: Batangas - Marc Aldwin Familara
Best in Promoting Christian Values: Batangas - Ritmo ng Pangarap
Best Director: Batangas - Carlo Ortega Cuevas
Best in Costume Design: Cotabato South - Karangalan
Best Production Design: Cotabato South - Karangalan
Best in Cinematography: Metro Manila South - Ang Tanging Pamana
Best in Musical Score:  Batangas - Dayo Ortega
Best in Editing: Batangas - Ritmo ng Pangarap
Best Theme Song: Laguna West - The Right One
Best Script and Story - Batangas - Ritmo ng Pangarap

A special award was given to the Ecclesiastical District of Leyte East for showing undeniable conviction and portrayal of abounding faith, love and hope. Despite the calamity they have encountered, the were still able to participate in this year's INCinema.


WATCH THE ENTRIES HERE:

BATANGAS (Ritmo ng Pangarap)

'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 Coaches and Hosts



COACHES


WATCH: Blind Auditions

APL.d.AP

We missed his antics in The Voice Kids, that's why this 2014, we are bringing him back! Black Eyed Peas' APL.d.AP returns to the Red Chair to continue his search for the best voices in the country!

APL works with international music-producers and other international artists since his Black Eyed Peas (BEP) days. While Hollywood is the ultimate dream for most Filipino singers, Apl dreams to bring Filipino music and the Filipino Voice to the rest of the world.

Lea Salonga

Her crystal clear voice became the voice of various famous characters in Disney and in broadway. She immortalized songs through her performances, earning her the prestigous Tony Awards. But more than making a name for herself, Ms. Lea Salonga brings pride to her country, and to her countrymen.

Known to be the strict teacher, artists are drawn to Coach Lea as they aspire to be technically skilled and hopefully follow her international success.

Season 1 Champion Coach- The Broadway Diva returns to her Red Chair to defend her title and fight for a two-straight win! Will her previous win bring the luck back to the table?

Sarah Geronimo

She has dominated both the music and the movie scenes. As early as 14, Sarah Geronimo proved that she is not only "the" most bankable performer of her generation, but she is at par to any of the other coaches.

The youngest coach of the bunch not only brought two of her artists to the Voice Kids Finals, but had the whole nation campaigning for both artists to win the title.

Sarah returns to her Red Chair--filled with determination that she cannot only win the respect of the younger generation, but any artists from all walks of life.

Bamboo

His songwriting skills produced some of the best-selling hits known by budding composers and rockers. Hardcore artists crave to belong to his team, so that they may learn the magic that spellbinds his audience.

In Bamboo's words, the first two season were just his warm-ups. Now that he  learned the ropes of the game, the strategies to win superb artists to his team, plus the fact that season 1 opened the doors to non-pop artists, Coach Bamboo is ready to claim this season!



HOSTS

Toni Gonzaga

1997, 13-year old Toni Gonzaga joined a talent search "Tanghalan ng Kampeon". Seventeen years later, the once-aspiring singer is now dubbed as The Ultimate Multimedia Star. From recording her first album produced in 2001, she got six more gold and platinum awarded albums; and five solo major concerts to date.

After achieving so much, Toni Gonzaga gives back to other aspiring artists by giving them encouragement in The Voice of the Philippines.
 
Luis Manzano

He may not be an award-winning recording artist but given his history, Luis Manzano knows how to deliver award-winning recording performances like his mom, Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, and his hosting energy from his dad, Mr. Edu Manzano. 

Luis, in his own rights is recognized by major award-giving bodies including PMPC Star Awards as “Best Talent Search Program Host” and Yahoo! OMG Awards for “Favourite Male TV Host”.

With a mix of good comedy and credibility, Luis is one of the most sought after hosts in the industry today.
 
Alex Gonzaga

Known for her natural knack in comedy, Alex Gonzaga can tickle your funny bones whether she’s acting or hosting. What makes her an effective host is her ability to give light, yet practical advice even in the most serious drama.

Alex joins Robi Domingo as Social Media Correspondent to bridge exciting news to the online community.

Robi Domingo

After joining a reality TV show in his teens, Robi Domingo proved that he is more than just a teen sensation. Robi evolved from a cutie heartthrob to one of the most sought-after host of his generation after hosting some of the network's biggest reality shows.

His passion and knowledge in music lead him to MYX as one of their top-rated VJs.

This 2014, Robi Domingo returns to The Voice of the Philippines to deliver in-depth information about the show, the artists, coaches and other latest-happenings to the online community as a V-Reporter.


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James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Julia Barretto, Inigo Pascual topbill ‘Para sa Hopeless Romantic’

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO


James Reid and Nadine Lustre will soon be working on another movie, which will be their third big screen project together in just one year.

It was revealed that the Kapamilya love team will headline the movie adaptation of the book “Para Sa Hopeless Romantic,” which was originally written by Marcelo Santos II. Aside from Reid and Lustre, Julia Barretto, Iñigo Pascual, Shy Carlos and AJ Muhlach.

"Para sa Hopeless Romantic" is about five different characters who have experienced the ups and downs of relationships yet remain hopeful to find love - a person who hopes for his beloved to come back, a person hoping and waiting for his destined one to come, a person scared of falling in love again, a person who tries hard to forget his old flame, and a person who hopes for a happy ending for his lovestory.

Lustre will play the role of Rebecca, the girl who loves to write lovestories with sad endings, which was caused by the sudden decision to break up by her boyfriend, Nikko, which will be portrayed by  Reid.

Meanwhile, Barretto and Pascual will play the roles of Maria and Ryan, who are the characters in the story Rebecca is writing.

Carlos will play the role of Jackie, the bestfriend of Rebecca. The young actress is to be partnered for the first time to Muhlach who will portray the character of RJ.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Lustre said their upcoming film is a little bit more serious compared to their first two movies "Diary ng Panget" and "Talk Back And You’re Dead."

The two said they cannot wait to work with Barretto and Pascual.
Barretto said she is amazed that she and Pascual will be working on a movie together 10 years after her aunt, Claudine, and Pascual’s father, Piolo, teamed up for the 2004 Star Cinema film “Milan.”

The teen actress said she and Pascual have already done a number of workshops together and she is happy to have found a new friend in him.

This will be Barretto’s first movie project, while this will be Pascual’s second film.

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WHERE IN ILOCOS NORTE: The 'Tan-ok ni Ilocano' Tour



Heading north? From Badoc to Pagudpud, allow yourself to be infatuated by the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders of the province of Ilocos Norte.



BADOC

Badoc town houses the Sanctuary of the Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the La Virgen Milagrosa. It was sent floating in the sea by missionaries operating in secret in Japan, along with the Miraculous Statue of the Black Nazarene, Santo Cristo Milagroso, of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

CURRIMAO'S PLAYA TROPICAL


Built in traditional Balinese style, relax in truly fabulous settings that celebrate your privacy with charming thatched roof villas, private pools, unique garden bathrooms and exquisite interiors featuring Balinese art at the Playa Tropical Resort Hotel. Enjoy heavenly views from the swimming pool that looks out at the ocean. This exclusive resort reflects the wonderful romance of Bali.

You will enjoy access to the Infinity Pool and unlimited usage of garden and floating huts. The calm waves and fine sand provides the best condition for water sports such as Kayaking, Pedal Boating, Paddle Boarding and Skim Boarding.

For reservation and booking, contact them through (+63) 917 570 0223 or (+63) 670 1211 or email us at stay@playatropical.com.ph.

Deluxe King for 2 persons and Deluxe Double rates are P3,800 for 1 night. They also have a room for 1 person - Premier, Suite with Bathtub, Suite with Jacuzzi - for P4,000, P5,800, and P6,500 respectively. The Casa which has 2 floors occupancy for 5 persons is P12,500 for 1 night.

PAOAY

Paoay town is gifted with one of the most unique churches in the world and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Places to see



The Church of St. Augustine, more popularly known as Paoay Church (Virtual Tour HERE), is an impressive example of the classic baroque style and reputed to be “earthquake proof” by using coral bricks that were sealed with a combination of limestone mortar and sugar cane juice.

Once the official residence of the Marcos family whenever they were in Ilocos Norte, the Malacañang of the North is now a museum showcasing Marcos memorabilia. It promises not only interesting memorabilia to visitors’ eyes, but also a picturesque view of Paoay Lake.

Where to eat



Try local delicacies like the pinakbet pizza and the longganisa pizza, both served at Herencia Café near Paoay Church.

BATAC

Batac is one of the 2 cities of Ilocos Norte. It is known as the "Home of Great Leaders", as it is the hometown of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, founder of the Philippine Independent Church or Aglipayan Church Gregorio Aglipay, and "Father of the Philippine Army" Gen. Artemio Ricarte.

Places to visit

The Marcos Museum and Mausoleum is where the glass-entombed, preserved corpse of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is found. The Museum holds the memorabilia of the late President, from his stint in the Armed Forces down to his presidency.

When it comes to Empanada, Batac offers the best. The Batac Riverside Empanadaan is a showcase of the most famous product of Batac and a hallmark of tourism promotion. A home of Batac's array of products, gift shops, food stalls offering mouth watering treats like empanada, miki, longganisa, pusit, barbecue and others.

SARRAT

Sarrat is a historical town being the birthplace of Marcos. It is also where the 'wedding of the century' between the youngest child of Marcos, Irene, and Greggy Araneta, scion of the famous Araneta clan.

Places to see

The birthplace of Marcos has been converted into Marcos Museum, which displays the antiques and personal collections of the former president and these lure all visitors.

The nipa hut cottages along the banks of the Padsan River located at barangay San Joaquin. These nipa huts are seasonal: built around December purposely for the summer season and are dismantled at the start of the rainy season.



Do you want a place to relax and unwind? The REEER Dragon Fruit Farm and Resort is a perfect place. With pools and cottages, the resort gives you a view of the wide dragonfruit farm.

For inquiries, call Engr. Esmeralda Castillo - 09998814804.

NUEVA ERA ECO-CULTURAL PARK



Do you want to stay overnight in a tree house?  The park features villas, performances and cuisine inspired by the old ways of the indigenous peoples group called Tingguians who live in the area.

For reservations and more information, contact Nueva Era Tourism Officer Ria Rivera (0915) 2582512.

SAN NICOLAS



Enjoy your day at the Valdez Center where the Robinsons Mall, 365 Plaza, Freddo, and Balai Condominium stand. You may also try Bon Appetea and Tribeca coffee shop. Bon Appetea is a tea bar with an array of tea drinks and Belgian waffle sandwiches to choose from. The place has a young vibe. Tribeca, the corner coffeeshop in 365 Mall, offers pasta, tea and coffee. There are more pastries to try at the coffee shop. Both shops have affordable and reasonable prices.


LAOAG

The 'sparkling gem of Ilocandia' is the provincial capital which is laid out in Greco-Roman style.

Where to stay 


The only 5-star deluxe resort hotel in northern Philippines sprawling over 77 hectares of land amidst gentle sand dunes and pine forests with a sandy beach facing the South China Sea, Fort Ilocandia Hotel and Resort is located in the heart of the city of Laoag. The Casino Filipino is open and assisted by multilingual attendants. Its Shopping Arcade is just around the corner for you can get all you want and buy presents and souvenir for your friends.

For reservation: 09228505482, 09167720001, 0916-4858232, 0917-6926831,  0916-4348458

Room rates: Standard Single/Double - P7,000; Deluxe Single/Double - P9,000; Deluxe Twin - P9,000


Places to see

Ride a 4x4 to get to the La Paz sand dunes in Laoag, get on a sandboard and cruise down the steep mountain of sand. Hollywood films “Born on the Fourth of July” & “Mad Max” as well as local classics “Himala” & “Ang Panday” were all shot here.



Originally designed as the Administrative Center of the Tobacco Monopoly in Ilocos Norte during the reign of Spain over the Philippine Islands, Museo Ilocos Norte now serves a noble purpose – a repository of GAMENG, the vast cultural heritage of the people of Ilocos Norte. The museum was primarily designed to instill a sense of pride for the roots of the young Ilocanos, Yapayaos, Itnegs and other citizens of the province. It aims to create, among both the young and old, a feeling of belonging for their ancient homeland.

Where to eat

Dine at La Preciosa, a charming old house in Laoag City with must try favorites - crispy bagnet (deep-fried pork belly), poqui poqui (egg, eggplant, tomatoes and onions) and the ever popular pinakbet (assorted vegetables sautéed in fermented fish paste).  Contact Info: 077-773-1162

Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant carries the same old world charm. It offers a unique gourmet blend of international and Ilocano served at affordable prices. For details, call: (077) 771 5825

A cool place where you could unwind while thinking of taking delectable choices of international and native Ilocano dishes - be it buffet or A la Carte, Cafe Ilocandia is the main coffee house of Fort Ilocandia.


At Red 8 Asian Restaurant of Fort Ilocandia, you will discover the tastes of Cantonese flavors and Korean. It's a seafood restaurant offering a variety of dim sum, noodles, congee and other light specialties.


Palms Bar at the Fort Ilocandia offers their assorted drinks and aperitifs while surprising you with delectable variable delicacies for fine dining or snacks. Get thrilled with their billiard tables or watch the seasonal sports competition on TV while unwinding.

Johnny Moon Cafe is famous for its fusion of traditional Ilocano dishes and Western cuisine, and its quirky interiors inspired by the works of Juan Luna. The cafe is located at La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center in Laoag. Call 077-7715636 or 077-772-1211 loc 119 for inquiries.

 


Papa Pau's Diner offers Ilocano fusion dishes like PPP (Papa Pau’s Pancit with Ilocos chicharon), Sizzling Squid stuffed with Ilocano longaniza, Paulina’s Crispy Pata a la Bagnet, and Pinakbet with Bagnet. Their boodle feast, which starts from P850, is a must try. They also have seafood fiesta at P1,500. Papa Pau’s Diner can accomodate 50 people for functions and parties. They also have a porch dining area which can sit 32 people. You can find them in Laoag at Rizal corner D.M. Castro Street. Call (077) 677 1073 for details.




Inspired by a 50's diner, Macy's Diner offers a wide variety of food from traditional Filipino dishes and American favorites. The ceiling has names of famous landmarks in the US and some well-known artist and singers. As a whole, it looks like Baguio City's 50's Diner. You may try Macy's bestsellers like the green tea ice cream and fried ice cream. You may call (077) 770 3551 or visit them at Gen. Segundo Avenue.

MUSEO DE BACARRA

Bacarra, locally known as the Balikbayan town of the Philippines, has more to offer than its crownless bell tower and rustic surrounds. This third-class municipality, locally known as the Balikbayan town of the Philippines, has more to offer than its crownless bell tower and rustic surrounds. Museo de Bacarra is devoted to the town's religious icons from former priests to age-old images and church relics including baptismal archives that date back to 1702. Adding mystery to the museum is an underground staircase found behind the old convent and known to locals as the “secret garden.” At the bottom of the brick staircase are three tunnels, which old Spanish records said lead separately to Bacarra River, the tower and the church altar.

PASUQUIN'S BISCOCHO

If you can, get the anise-enhanced biscocho at the Pasuquin Bakery. Biscocho in Spanish means biscuits and in the Philippines, it’s typically day old bread that is toasted, buttered and sugared. A trip to Pasuquin will not be complete without buying their famous product.

BURGOS

Burgos town is one of the jewels of the province. Mountains are full of trails, rivers and waterfalls.

Places to visit



Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Virtual Tour HERE) can either be the most romantic or the eeriest backdrop you’ll get to see in Burgos. Make sure to climb all the way to the top to see the panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea coastline.



Standing at the edge of the sea, this massive rock formation is easily accessible via a horseback ride which costs P100 per person. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Virtual Tour HERE) got its name from Iluko word puraw which means white.


After visiting the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, you will see a sign "This way to Kaangrian Falls." It is a multi-tiered stair like formation with the water cascading on every step until it drops to a pool below. Kaangrian literally means smelly place in English.


(Left to right) Dr. Conchita Gonzales, Dean of the Northwestern University - College of Business Education, and Mrs. Edita Aguinaldo-Dacuycuy, Founder of REFMAD

Make REFMAD Farms Dragon Fruit Plantation and Resort as a side trip and you will meet the 'dragonfruit lady' Edita Aguinaldo Dacuycuy. The 10-hectare Refmad Farms is planted with 15,000 dragon fruits, producing 30 to 50 kilos per year for every post hosting the plants. Dried dragon fruit flowers are made into lumpia, empanadita, dumplings and burger patties and served at the café. They also have farm-baked cupcakes and cookies and ice cream.

BANGUI'S WIND FARM



On your way to the white sand beaches of Pagudpud, don’t forget to stop by Bangui. 20 wind turbines arranged on a single row along Bangui Bay is truly a sight to behold. The windmills are larger than life, standing at over 200ft. It is also important to note that the Bangui Windmills at Ilocos Norte is the first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia and the first source of clean energy introduced in the Philippines. The windmills that were meant to harness clean energy have also become a source of sustainable tourism in the province.

PAGUDPUD

Pagudpud, meaning "place to rest one's feet," lies at the northmost tip of Ilocos before turning into the Cagayan Valley.

Places to see



Rent a bike or a scooter and drive along the French Riviera of the North, the Patapat Viaduct. This elevated concrete highway that connects Ilocos Norte and Cagayan Valley region is a mix of scenic nature and modern infrastructure that blended beautifully together.


At the end of the long and winding scenic Patapat Bridge, is a spot where motorists stop over for souvenir items and cool down at three mini waterfalls which are said to gush out miraculous water with healing powers, the Paraiso ni Anton.


Located right after the Patapat Bridge and before Paraiso ni Anton, Agua Grande is a picnic park with a stream of cold running water from the mountains that leads to the sea.

Looking for an adventure while in Pagudpud? Put on your trekking gear, hire a guide and hit the trail to one of Pagudpud’s waterfalls, the Kaibigan Falls. The trek will for sure be worth it once you take a dip in Kaibigan’s cold pool.


Pagupud is home to Blue Lagoon and Saud Beach. Blue Lagoon is once a secret cove now slowly gaining attention from international tourists. Dubbed as the "anti-Boracay of the North," Saud Beach boast of beautiful white beach backed by rows of coconut palms.

Where to eat


Hannah’s Resto preserves the comfort and intimacy of the traditional Filipino family kitchen. It operates in the way a mother prepares for that long-anticipated weekly family gathering: always prepared to serve the all-time family favorites so as not to be missed; excited to serve variations every now and then to satisfy her beloved family; and flexible to prepare something to satisfy a family member’s whims or desires.


The Blue Bar is the ultimate place to party all night long to cap off a fun-and-adventure-filled day. Enjoy the cool ambience, groove to the pulsating party music and exciting lights, and enjoy great selections of food and drinks.

Where to stay



Nestled among endless turquoise waters and powdery white sand in Pagudpud is a seven-hectare exclusive paradise that is emerging to be the crown jewel of Ilocos Norte.  Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center is a tranquil escape for weary urban dwellers and a thrilling adventure for those who want adrenaline rush. Situated right along the shores of the famous Blue Lagoon, Hannah’s is blessed to be in the part of Pagudpud where the sand is as fine as powder and the shallow beach is as clear and blue as the skies above.

Hannah’s zipline, which spans 1.2 kilometer, is reportedly the longest over the water in the whole world. You may also try water sports like banana boat, pedal boat, speed boat, surfing, jet skiing and surfing. Explore around the resort, the beach front, and the exciting trails to Surfville and Dos Hermanos islands via an adventurous All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) ride. This ultimate ride will take you on steep hills, rough and bumpy terrains that will definitely provide the thrills and challenge your focus and balance. Try trekking to experience the majestic view of the Blue Lagoon, the West Philippine Sea, and the verdant mountain ranges.

You may reach them at (0928) 5206255 or +632-8061477 

Deluxe Villas are located across various locations. The rates and capacity (2-4 persons) depend on the location. Daily rates for regular season starts from P3,300, peak season starts from P3,850. Dormitories are perfect for groups who want to share each and every moment of their stay together and for those do not mind sharing with other guests. Dormitory A (maximum of 22 persons) and B (maximum of 8 persons) are P900 per head for regular season and P1,200 for peak season. Dormitory C (maximum of 12 persons) is P700 per head for regular season and P900 per head for peak season. It also offers Family Suite and Executive VIP Suite with a capacity of 6-10 persons depending on the type. Rates start from P7,500 for regular season and P8.250 for peak season. Superior Room and Ocean View Room can both house a maximum of 5 persons with a regular rates of P6,400 and P7,700 respectively and P7,150 and P8,250 peak season rates respectively. Experience luxury in one of the Ocean View Premier Suites which can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons for P16,500 and P19,800 regular and peak season rates respectively. Absolutely, everything is provided in the Presidential Suite which can house a maximum of 8 persons for P16,500 and P22,000 for regular and peak season respectively. 

For the Facilities And Services Rates, click THIS.


HOW TO GET THERE

By Air. The easiest way to access Ilocos Norte is by a 45-minute Manila-Laoag daily flight via the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

By Land. Several bus companies such as Partas Trans, Fariñas Trans, Florida, Maria de Leon, Autobus and RCJ bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route. These air-conditioned public buses, most of its stations found along Cubao or Pasay, will make your 8-10 hour travel a relaxing journey.

ILOCOS NORTE TOURISM OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION

Ilocos Norte Tourism Office Provincial Capitol +63-77-772-1211 loc 119 + 63-77-770-4242 www.ilocosnorte.gov.ph ilocosnortetourism@yahoo.com paoay.kumakaway@gmail.com

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

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Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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WHERE IN ILOCOS SUR: The 'Tawid ni Ilocano' Tour




Ilocos Sur is a place where traditional world and new world meet. Planning a trip of your own? Check out this trip from Tagudin to Sinait, from heritage cities with cobblestone streets to old style towns with rich history.



TAGUDIN

This town has a rich history and played a major role in the Battle of Bessang Pass. The decisive Battle of Bessang Pass started in this municipality, at Bitalag.

Places to visit

The first sundials were constructed in Tagudin in 1841 by Father Juan Sorolla. The only sundials used by the Spaniards during their era in the Philippines, Tagudin sundials are still in use and considered to be accurate.

The Amburayan River that runs from the mountains of  Benguet and into the South China Sea serves as a natural boundary for La Union and Ilocos Sur. The bridge spanning across the river is called the Amburayan Bridge which connects the two provinces of La Union and Ilocos Sur. The river is the setting of the famed Ilocano epic entitled Biag ni Lam-ang.

CERVANTES TOWN AND ILOCOS SUR'S "LONGEST BRIDGE"

Although the Aluling Bridge only spans 180 meters, it has been dubbed the 'longest' bridge in Ilocos Sur as it took 36 years and six Philippine Presidents before it was completed. The bridge is constructed along the Suyo-Cervantes-Sabangan Road crossing the Abra River and connecting the towns of Cervantes in Ilocos Sur and Tadian in Mountain Province. Cervantes town is considered as the 'Summer Capital of Ilocos Sur' due to its proximity to Mountain Province and Benguet.

GREGORIO DEL PILAR'S SIBOL HOT SPRING AND NAMEMPENGAN FALLS AND CAVE

Formerly named Concepcion, the town was the site of the Battle of Tirad Pass where General Pilar fought to the death against the Americans. Get fascinated by the Sibol hot spring and seven bowls, Namempengan falls and cave, Mt. Peg-an Camping site and the Tirad Pass Museum and handicraft center.

FERIA DE CANDON FOUNTAIN

Located at the city plaza of Candon, Feria de Candon Fountain is the newest attraction of the city designed by a Korean-based company.

SANTIAGO COVE

White sandy beaches and coves can be found in Ilocos Sur. One of them is the Santiago Cove in Sabangan village which has a perfect crescent-shaped shore. Just beside the fine sand beach of Sabangan is the Marina Beach Resort.

SAN ESTEBAN

Formerly known as Cabagbagototan, San Esteban is a serene seaside town with a scenic locale and some Spanish era and World War II history.

Places to visit

The oldest landmark in San Esteban, Moro Watchtower is an accredited tourism site as declared by the Philippine Tourism Authority. The old folks say that this was a vanguard against approaching pirates during the Spanish times.

What used to be an area used by the US military during the World War II, Apatot Beach is frequently visited by foreign tourists and local visitors.

SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria town is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. It lies in the central part of the province.

Places to visit

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, known to everyone as Sta. Maria Church (Click THIS for a Virtual Tour), is an 18th century brick church that sits on top of a hill, much like a fortress. From the highway, you simply have to climb 86 steps. Walk around the church and you’ll find an even older chapel and cemetery.

The tale of Angalo and his wife Aran is one of the few tales in Ilocos mythology, which also includes the Epic of Lam-ang. Angalo’s footsteps are said to have created a gigantic pool that leads to Pinsal Falls—a cascading blanket of water that flows into pools that feed the rivers of Sta. Maria. It is the largest waterfalls in the Ilocos Region. The grandeur and pristine beauty of these falls has long been attracting foreign and local tourists. Crystal clear water cascades down to two natural pools where visitors can frolic during hot summer.

NARVACAN

The beauty and serenity of the Home of the famous and delicious Bagnet of the North will keep you coming back to the historical town.

Places to visit

If you’re tired from driving, take a break here and take in the view of the sea. The Sulvec town hosts to many natural landmarks like the Immagamang. Atop of the rock stands the statue of Virgin Mary where local and international tourists pay their pilgrim almost every day.

The old Spanish watchtower made of bricks and lime was used by the Spaniards in guarding the locality of against the pirates who marauds the residents. It was also used as a light house to guide the fishermen during night time. The watchtower and the Immagamang were favorite film locations of famous action stars in the country like Fernado Poe Jr. and Ramon “Bong” Revilla.



Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH), better known as Narvacan Tourism and Sports Complex, offers a 520–meter zipline, 280–meter vertical via ferrata, and a 100-meter rappel line.  To note, the 280-m vertical via ferrata in Narvacan is the first tourism adventure in the country.

OLD QUIRINO BRIDGE


All attractions come with a great view of the Abra river and the mountains around the famous stopover on the way to Vigan. Banaoang Bridge is highly praised for its architectural design and marvelous engineering. It connects the town of Santa and Bantay.

ILOCOS SUR ADVENTURE ZONE

The Quirino bridge is home to the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone, where you can rappel down the bridge (P150 for 2 attempts), zip line across it (P250, one-way), or ride a kayak beneath it (P200 for 30 minutes).

BANTAY

Bantay's reserved forests and farms make it home to a diverse range of plants, animals, and river creatures.

Places to see


A ten-minute ride away from Vigan is the historic Bantay Belfry (Click THIS for a Virtual Tour), which sits on a hill. This towering structure is one of the sights that should be visited by travelers not only because of its historical and cultural significance but also because of its commanding view of Vigan from the highest portion of it that can be climbed. To enjoy the panoramic view of the land set upon a background of white and blue skies, visitors must climb flights of stairs that can be accessed from the entrance in the tower’s base. The Bantay Bell tower is popular among local tourists because scenes of the well-known Filipino film Panday were shot within and around the belfry. To ensure that you can enter the belfry, it is best to register at the Tourist Center along Calle Crisologo and ask for a tour of the belfry from there.

Carballo Mountain range overlooks the Cagayan Valley and portions of Babuyan Islands, and to which the municipality partly owes its name. This is one of the few mountain ranges in Ilocos Sur and the only natural tourist spot of Bantay aside from the Abra River. Today it is a location of firing ranges, some telecommunications relay facilities (often mistaken by locals as a radar array), and hiking trails. It also houses the headquarters and nursery for a reforestation project conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Where to eat and buy pasalubong


On your way to Vigan or back home, stop over at Marsha’s Delicacies and try their leading native cake, a repackaged version of the Vigan royal bibingka. The bibingka here isn’t different from the cake-like ones in Manila. Served in small cups, the royal bibingka is gooey and chewy; the supreme version comes with extra cheese. Their coffee shop is now serving modern flavored coolers in addition to indigenous refreshments like miki and sinanglao. Their main branch is located at National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay. For more info, contact them: (063) 722 8119. The OneVittoria Hotel will be open to public this April 28, 2014.


Like Marsha's, Señorita Dulce also offers the original Pinoy taste. You have to try their products from epanadita to torta, macarons to tinubong. Located along the National Highway in Bantay Señorita Dulce also serves foods for lunch and dinner. Their original taste of mini burger is a must try.

VIGAN

Here we go! The only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines, Vigan. But before you continue exploring the historic province, go to the New7Wonders CITIES Global Voting Site and support our campaign - vote Vigan! The VoicePoints campaign started in 2012 and we are proud to say that Vigan made it to the finalist phase. The official list will be revealed on December 7, 2014.

Places to see



Former Ilocos Sur governor Luis 'Chavit' Singson's Baluarte is absolutely free. The best part? Interact with the animals and buy pasalubongs.

Watch the people of Pagburnayan how they make burnay using pre-historic methods of production, using carabaos to knead the clay, and foot-powered potter's wheels to turn the clay into burnay jars.


Experience the Hidden Garden and try their pinakbet and dinengdeng (P150 a palayok) at Lilong and Lilang Restaurant. Call (077) 722 1450 for more details.

Go on the heritage river cruise in Mestizo River. The Vigan Heritage River Cruise is operated by the city government to reinforce the Vigan Heritage Conservation Program using the historical Mestizo River to tell the historical timeline of Vigan from the pre-history to the present time. Through the 45 minutes river tour, a voice-over is played narrating Vigan’s origin, historical background and other significant information while passing thru 5 life-sized tableaus. River Cruise Rates: P70 for Senior Citizen, P50 for students, P100 for adult.

Visit the Syquia Mansion where the 6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino once lived. The mansion on Calle Quirino is the ancestral home of his wife's family.

Visit Padre Burgos house. A bahay na bato near the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hall once housed one of the greatest names in Philippine nationalism: Padre Jose Burgos of the Gomburza trio.  It also houses Ilocano artifacts and ethnic arts of the Tinggians.



Feeling tired? Relax your mind and watch the Vigan Dancing Fountain located at at the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon. This Korean-engineered attraction is the first of its kind in the country. The light show is free. It opens weekdays every 7:30 PM (30 minutes) and weekends 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM (30 minutes each).



Explore Vigan Heritage Village at night. The famous street, Calle Crisologo, in the Philippines is lined up with ancestral houses where the rich used to live during the Spanish era.  Tourists can buy souvenirs or even ride a calesa in the well-known Mestizo District.

Who said Vigan does not have a night life? Have your casual wear and dance all night at Club Legacy located at the heart of Calle Crisologo.

Where to stay



If you want a luxurious life, Hotel Luna (Click THIS for more details) is the best. This is the first hotel museum in the Philippines. It showcases the finest in Philippine Art, boasting of rare and vintage artworks and dynamic modern pieces from master painters, contemporary artists, to National Artists including Juan Luna masterpieces. The hotel museum is located at V. De Los Reyes Corner Gen, Luna St., Vigan. For inquires, contact them at (02) 373 3333 or +6323733333; +6325844945; +63776322222

Queen Standard (P5,000) rooms are ideally sized for individual and couples. Toilet and Bath with full glass enclosure, equipped with top quality bronze fixtures, remote controlled flusher and heated toilet seats. Queen Deluxe rooms (P5,850) are ideal for couples requiring more space, equipped with a Queen sized bed with elegantly designed padded headboards.  Double Queen Deluxe (P6,000) has 2 queen beds 32" Integrated toilet with built- in electronic bidet. Executive Suite (P12,500) features a vast bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom offers more space that one can imagine with a big lavatory and mirror area, classic bathtub, high-tech toilet, glass enclosed rainshower bath, and 32 inch HD TV. Loft Suite (P11,000) offers more space and privacy with an L-shape sofa at the Living Area featuring a 40 inch High Definition LED TV, and a classic designed vanity dresser that doubles into a working table. A spacious toilet and bath is located at the lower level with fully automatic toilet system, rainshower bath, and a spacious Lavatory area. An elegant spiral staircase leads to the bedroom with a 32 inch HD TV, and own toilet for more convenience.


Grandpa’s Inn nestled in the country’s most preserved and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 15th century Spanish colonial period, invites you to create your own magical and unforgettable moments. It is located at #1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan. You may call +63(077)722-2118 or  0917-5802118 for more details.

The Calesa Room (P2,680) is good for 4 persons with 2 Kalesa Bed, 1 Double Bed and refrigerator. The Airconditioned Room (1,780) is good for 2 persons. The Airconditioned Dormitory Rooms for 4 persons is P2,250; for 6 persons is P3,360; for 8 persons is P4,480. The Ordinary Room (P980) is good for 2 persons.

Experience the charm of the old world in the convenience of modern day. Located at the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Town, Vigan Plaza Hotel epitomizes the culture-filled beauty of Vigan. For queries, contact them at +63 77 7221527, +63 77 6320318, +63 77 7228553 or +639177999874  

Their suites, rooms, and dormitories commonly have air-conditioning, an electronic SIM card-based door-lock system, and Internet access. Each accommodation is fitted with a private toilet and bath, 21-inch cable TV, IDD phone, writing desk and chair, and luggage rack. Their Vigan hotel rates include daily breakfast: Standard Single - P3,000; Standard Double (1 to 2 person/s) - P3,400; Superior Double (1 to 2 person/s) - P4,000; Plaza Suite (1 to 2 person/s) - P6,200; Ancestral Suite (1 to 4 person/s) - P6,200; Governor Suite (1 to 2 person/s) - P9,000; Dorm A (1 to 7 person/s) - P9,900.

Hotel Salcedo de Vigan showcases the coming together of Asian and European cultures. Contact Info: +63 (77) 722-1200+63 (77) 722-1200; +63 (77) 722-2798+63 (77) 722-2798; +63 (77) 674-2566+63 (77) 674-2566 or 0917-856-45880917-856-4588; 0918-990-66750918-990-6675.

Room rates: Honeymoon Suite (Silang Suite) - P6,300; Deluxe (Family triple sharing) - P4,095; Standard (Double/Twin) - P2,730; Superior (Double / Twin) - P3,255; Burgos Suite (good for 4), Delos Reyes Suite (good for 4), Florentino Suite (good for 3) - P5,145; Quirino Suite (good for 2) - P4,620; Diego Dorm (good for 8) - P6,300; Gabriela Dorm (good for 10) - P7350.

For those traveling in big groups, Cordillera Family Inn has large bedrooms: P5,000 for 10 people and P10,000 for 20 people.  For any inquiries and reservations, you may call 077-722-2727 or  09273135616.

Where to eat


If you are staying at Hotel Luna, go for dessert at the quaint Leila's Café, located just beside the hotel musem. Its sky-blue interiors and quirky decorations are sure to put anyone in a good mood after a hot day of running around Vigan. I recommend their crepes and pastas.



If you want a street dining, why not try Leila's twin restaurant, Los Majitos de Vigan. Perfect for a lunch or dinner date. Los Majitos serves a combination of Vigan delicacies with a Western twist. Bestselling items from their fusion cuisine include bagnet wraps (P150), nachos platter (P150), carbonara (P100), and longganisa rice omelette (P120).


Kusina Felicitas is Grandpa’s Inn’s signature restaurant. The dining hall is walled with the original bricks of the 18th century building. Kusina Felicitas serves authentic Ilocano cuisine with wide array of menu to choose from, the Bagnet, Longanisa, Pinakbet, Bunog( a fish indigenous to the local river), and Ipon( a seasonal fish famous to the Ilocanos). This is the place for a perfect Ilocano gastronomy. Kusina Felicitas also offers favorite Filipino and Asian cuisine to supplement the menu. Kusina Felicitas has two function areas for small meeting and functions, each area can accommodate 50-60 persons. For reservations, call +63(077)722-2118 or 0917-5802118

Unfortunately, Los Majitos is now closed. Leila's Cafe is also planning to close its doors to its customers. According to a source, Hotel Luna is planning to put up a new restaurant to replace Los Majitos and Leila's Cafe that will compete with Kusina Felicitas. Tune in for updates.



You may also try the first corner coffee shop in Vigan, Café Uno. Located inside Grandpa’s Inn, this is the perfect place for intimate conversations. Take a sip of their freshly grind and freshly brewed coffee. Café Uno have Iced Blended coffee coolers. It also offers a variety of Pasta, Noodles, Sandwiches and Mexican light snacks to fill you up.


Uno Grille provides guest with a relaxed atmosphere in a garden setting. The Grille offers charcoal grilled specialties of pork, chicken, beef, fish, seafood and vegetables where each has its own special marinade thus the distinct and varied flavors, a real gastronomical treat for the Family. The Grille can be used for big function and can accommodate 130-150 persons. For reservations, call +63(077)722-2118 or 0917-5802118



Comedor Restaurant offers fabulous Ilocano dishes, Spanish dishes, and selected international items. Located at the Ground Floor of Hotel Luna, Comedor serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, in an elegant dining hall filled with chandeliers, and contemporary art pieces from famous Filipino painters.



An artwork by itself, Chula Saloon Bar offers you more aside from the premium selection of beers, finest wines and liquor offerings, and incredibly sumptious bar chows for extreme delight. If you are looking for an ultra stylish bar with touch of classic, artsy, and elegant feel for the perfectionist, this is the place for you. A breathtaking ceiling and brick wall pillars adorned with art pieces and bronze sculptures, will surely amaze each customer. The bar and seating area is a sight to behold with ornate furnitures and lightings uniquely designed for Chula Saloon Bar. Chula means sexy or gorgeous, the Chula Saloon Bar truly deserves such description. See it for yourself.


Coffee Break Vigan has a wide range of hot beverages to choose from. If you are in to cold drinks and refreshments they do have also a large selection. If you are looking for a light meal or merienda they also offer a selection of snacks including some local delicacies. You will definitely enjoy the place because of its youthful vibe.




Kusina de Kenyong offers the biggest and smallest burgers in the Philippines. The restaurant's big burger features a one-kilo beef patty and costs P1,000. Its smallest burger measures just two-inches in diameter or a size of a 5-piso coin. A set of five can be enjoyed for P99. You may also try their Alter Ego Burger, a black burger that "should have been squid inked" according to the owner. The soft black bun is made of ground sesame seeds. The restaurant is located at Calle Crisologo. For inquires, call them at 09175585256.



Cafe Leona is located along Calle Crisologo, right in the heart of Vigan City. It is named after the popular Ilocano poet Leona Florentino, who is also the original owner of the house in which the restaurant is located. Get a taste of Ilocano-Italian fusion with Cafe Leona’s pizza topped with local ingredients like longganisa (P300), pinakbet (P325) and bagnet with KBL or kamatis, bagoong and lasona onion relish (P375). They also have Japanese fusion in the form of bagnet and bacon maki (P180 for eight pieces).


Do you love cakes? Treat yourself with Dulcelise Dessert Bar's cakes, pastries, frozen yogurt, coffee, milkshakes, pasta and sandwiches.  The dessert place is owned by Patch Savellano-Singson, wife of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson. She bakes herself. The restaurant got its name from Singson's firstborn Elise. They also customize cupcakes, cakes and frosted sugar cookies for any occasion.

Vigan empanada is a must when you are in the city. Recommendations for the best empanada in the city vary from Bigueño to Bigueño. Here are the top recommendations: ELP Special Empanada (P35) in Plaza Burgos and Irene’s Vigan Empanada (P35) in Calle Crisologo. ELP's is crunchy and its longganiza is sweet. Irene's is soft and chewy. Irene's uses oil made from the drippings of pork.

Where to buy the best Vigan longganiza? For affordable options, head to the public market. But if you don't want to go outside the city proper, I recommend Gonzales Vigan Longaniza in Capangpangan, Vigan City. One dozen will cost you P130.

FOOD TRIPS IN CAOAYAN



See where pinakbet vegetables grow and catch some tilapia in Pinakbet Farm in Nansuagao village. Feel the cool breeze that comes from a river running on one side. For P200, the prix fixe menu consists of pinakbet, grilled tilapia and liempo, served picnic-style on banana leaves and bamboo containers. 'Kamayan' is a must but you may request for a utensils if you don't know how to savor Filipino food using your hands.  Apart from fishing and the lunch, visitors are entertained with a cultural show. 

If you’re craving for inihaw classics, Ihawan sa Caoayan is the place to be. It is located at at Don Alejandro Quirolgico, Caoayan. Must-trys from their menu include puque sashimi (P175), prawns with pineapple (P220), sizzling mixed seafood (P195), and ginataang alimango (P400).



There's more inside the Ihawan sa Caoayan, a coffee shop called, TASA. Tasa is the Iluko term for "cup." The shop is open from 10AM to 10PM. They offer coffees, juices, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Feel light and live right with Waldorf salad (P150), greens with grapes, raisins and nuts, and cucumber lemonade. TASA's specialty is their own version of kani salad (P150)which has kani strips, shredded lettuce, cucumber and peaches. Get a taste of their pan de longganisa (P55) with slices of tomato and cucumber sandwiches.

SAN ILDEFONSO'S BASI, ICE CREAM AND AIRPLANE CAFE


If you're going to Ilocos Norte, stop over San Ildefonso and buy a bottle of basi, a sweet wine made from fermented sugar cane. Bungro village offers marunggay (malunggay or moringa), paria (ampalaya or bitter gourd) and sili (chili) ice cream. The town is set to launch its Airplane Cafe this year or early next year. We will let you know. Just check out this blog for updates.

STO. DOMINGO'S WEST LOCH PARK HOTEL


If all other hotels are fully booked, get a room at West Loch Park Hotel. A 20-minute drive from Vigan, the hotel is located in the center of Sto. Domingo town. They also offer shuttle service from the town to Vigan or vice versa. For reservations, contact them at (+63)(077) 674-0610.

They have Standard Rooms for P2,600; Deluxe Rooms for P3,500; and Premium Suites, which has a receiving area in the first floor, for P5,100.

MAGSINGAL'S TINUBONG


Ilocos Sur does not only offer a special Candon Calamay and Vigan empanada. Magsingal town has a unique kakanin, the tinubong. Tinubong is a sticky, sweet delicacy made from glutinous flour, sugar, coconut milk, small strips of buko (young coconut flesh) stored in a bamboo stick. If you are going to Ilocos Norte, you will see vendors selling these delicacies in their stalls in the National Highway. But I recommend the best in Ilocos, Peros. You may call them at (63) 917-7981015 or (63) 0918-3821772. It is located along the National Highway in Sto. Domingo.

SAN JUAN'S PIKKANG FALLS

Pikkang was derived from the Ilocano word pekkang which means falls. Pikkang Falls is located at Malamin village. Malamin is a 20-minute drive from the town proper. Upon reaching, park your vehicles in the concrete pavement and ask for a tour guide.

CABUGAO

Cabugao is the second northernmost town of the province. It is bounded on the north by Sinait and on the east by Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte and the Cordillera Mountain Ranges.

Places to see

Located along the national highway, Pug-os sloping seabed make it a top favorite of tourists for swimming, picnics or fun hiking. Two hotel beach resorts, Ponce del Mar Cabugao Public Beach and Park (Cabugao Beach Resort), serve as venues for special occasions. Discover a fine white sand beach along a majestic cove.

Sabang is the take-off point for Salomague Island. It is home to the newest surfing destination in the north. You may contact Kido's Point at 0905 778 4292 for surfing lessons.

Not too far from Sabang is the Salomague Port. The historic port of Salomague was an ancient port of call of seafarers, merchants and traders from different Asian countries. It is now the transshipment port of goods and products to Taiwan. It is also the unloading point of commercial fishing vessels. A municipal ordinance has declared the waters around it a fish sanctuary area, thus making it more attractive to sports fishers and scuba divers who regularly visit it.

Where to eat


Kusina Ilocandia serves authentic Ilocano Cuisine in a garden setting. They have different kubo that depicts an Ilocano home setting and custom. For reservations, contact them at 09155855511.

IMELDA'S COVE IN SINAIT

Located on the way to Dadalaquiten Norte and Panay, Badoc in Ilocos Norte, Imelda's Cove features white sand beaches.

YOU MAY ALSO READ: Ilocos Norte




HOW TO GET THERE

By Air. The easiest way to access Ilocos Sur is by a 45-minute Manila-Laoag daily flight via the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Once in Laoag, ordinary bus ride costs P80 and P120 - P137 (with Senior Citizen and student's discount) for airconditioned bus.

By Land. Several bus companies such as Partas Trans, Fariñas Trans, Florida, Maria de Leon, Autobus and RCJ bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route. These air-conditioned public buses, most of its stations found along Cubao or Pasay, will make your 8-hour travel a relaxing journey.

ILOCOS SUR TOURISM OFFICE CONTACT INFORMATION

Provincial Information Officer (077) 722 - 2776   
Provincial Administrator (077) 722 - 2776

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