Why you should visit Ilocos Norte

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Top 5 things to do in Ilocos Norte, by Izah Morales.

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2nd Hungduan National Climbathon

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Join the Hungduan Climbathon, a 21-km mountain running race traversing the enchanting Mt. Napuluan, the heart of the Cordillera Mountain Range. Bask in the beauty of Ifugao.

For the complete week-long “Tungoh Ad Hungduan” Festival 2011 calendar, visit the Philippine Skyrunning Association.

Maquiling Quest: Mt. Makiling Centennial Adventure Race (via BlauEarth’s Blog)

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Join and explore the mystical Mount Makiling.

Interested parties may also request for the race guidelines and registration forms through this blog…  Read More via BlauEarth’s Blog

Beyond eco-adventure…

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Get to know more about the LEAD Movement in this article by Marjorie Gorospe, loQal.ph

Hometown love inspires Ilocano group to seek more eco-tourism sites

Adams in Yahoo.Ph News

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Read the feature news story on Adams… Discovering nature at its finest in this little-known Ilocos town called Adams

Original story by Anna Valmero via loQal.ph

Get to know more about Adams via LEAD Movement

For the trekking enthusiasts… Mt. Palemlem AKA Pico de Loro — Through the eyes of a nature lover

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Related posts via BlauEarth’s Blog:

“eat pray love” and Adams

The cliff diving adventure of Ericke and friends in Adams

Niña Corpuz in Adams

Meet Adams’ 115-year-old Rufina Daluyon

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ADAMS, ILOCOS NORTE–Most of us in this generation learn history from textbooks and classrooms, but 115-year-old I-Apayao native Rufina Daluyon has seen it all.

Apo Rufina was one of the first to move to Adams in Ilocos Norte and being the oldest resident of this town, she is very popular among the locals as well as tourists who are lucky enough to hear her stories.

She often reflects the healthy lifestyle of the I-Apayao tribe and despite her age, the centenarian shows  no signs of serious illness.

Apo Rufina can still talk and can still walk but she only speaks Ilocano. She shares her stories to willing listeners through her great granddaughter Susan.

Susan says being a member of the I-Apayao tribe, Apo Rufina is very fond of vegetables. The I-Apayao tribe is related to Isneg tribe and both tribes are known as good farmers.

In fact, Susan says, Apo Rufina’s husband lived for 126 years; another testimony for the I-Apayao’s penchant for living long, healthy lives.

Apo Rufina also uses ‘nga-nga‘( a combination of apog, a piece tobacco and leaf of gawed) for her teeth,” says Susan noting that it is the secret of her complete set of strong teeth.

Apo Rufina has three children, but only one among the three is still alive at a still remarkable age of 90.

Read full story on Yahoo News Fit to Post… An I-Apayao centenarian shares her secret to long, healthy life

Original story by Marjorie Gorospe on loQal.ph

Read about the indigenous peoples of Adams, Ilocos Norte

You may want to read more about Adams… Heaven Is A Place On Earth via BlauEarth’s Blog

‘Homestay’ in Adams allows tourists to get acquainted with local culture « loQal – Travel and Outdoors | Philippines

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ADAMS, ILOCOS – This once-isolated town is still largely undiscovered by tourists despite its many natural attractions and rich cultural tradition. Those who do venture to Adams will find it worthwhile because of the “homestay” service.

A a reference point, you have to pass by the more popular town of Pagudpud before reaching Adams. Going there is an adventure by itself; if you have to bring your own vehicle, make sure it’s built for off-roading because the climb to Adams is very rocky, to say the least.

The Laoag Eco-Adventure Development (LEAD) Movement Inc, a non-profit organization that  promotes ecotourism in Ilocos, initiated the discovery of Adams and is actively working with local government and tourism officials for its promotion.

In Adams, there are no hotels yet nor even small inns built specifically to accommodate tourists. The only option is to stay with residents that offer homestay, or literally welcoming you as guests in their homes.

Josie Dato, who is one of only four homeowners who offer homestay in Adams, says she and other locals were initially trained by tourism officials in 2008.

Read more… ‘Homestay’ in Adams allows tourists to get acquainted with local culture « loQal – Travel and Outdoors | Philippines via loQal.ph

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