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

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Pagudpud locals wish for more tourism, livelihood training (via loQal.ph)

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PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE – Residents of Barangay Saud in this town are hoping new Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos will set up a college or vocational school offering courses that would train more locals on tourism-related services.

Pagudpud, located north of Ilocos Norte, is best known for its beaches, including Saud Beach, which topped a list of the top 10 beaches in Asia by Activetravelmagazines.com.

Ringe Quindoy, 32, sells souvenir products made of seashells in Saud Beach. She says a local community college or technical-vocational school will ease the financial burden for parents whose children study in Laoag City, the provincial capital some two hours away from Pagudpud.

A student usually spends at least P110 for a one-way travel to Laoag, she says.

Sa ngayon kasi, mahal ang pamasahe para makapasok sa Laoag. Halos umaabot ng P40 yung sakay sa tricycle pa-bayan (ng Pagudpud) tapos bus naman, mga P70, papuntang Laoag. Mabigat sa bulsa kasi siyempre may baon pa sila sa araw-araw,” she says.

If not a community college, 43-year-old handicraft maker Imelda Uddon says a technical-vocational school offering two-year hospitality courses would do. She says this would help locals like her learn new skills and better serve tourists.

Read more… Pagudpud locals wish for more tourism, livelihood training via loQal.ph

Ilocos Sandboarding is catching on

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A year that was…

Starting from scratch

Same time last year, the LEADers were engrossed in making a blueprint for a new eco-adventure project. Apart from fine beaches and heritage structures, Ilocos Norte is known for its vast stretches of sand dunes, so they thought of coming up with something unique in the Philippine adventure scene, something that promises a new thrill for the intrepid adventure seekers. After studying the possibilities, they decided to focus on sandboarding.

They crafted their first sandboards.

Trial run

On August 2, 2009, the sandboards were ready, but not the sandboarding newbies. At the Laoag Sand Dunes, the LEADers took turns in surfing the slopes. There were some misses, but all in all, the downhill adventure got them all stoked. They were ready to bring it to the next level.

The buzz

Thereafter, the LEAD Movement started its info campaign.

Other adventure groups in Ilocos climbed in the bandwagon. Through the new media, television, and social networking,  sandboarding in Ilocos Norte is beginning to catch on.

Photos by BlauEarth

New green, user-friendly US visa application process

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In order to provide better service to customers and to be mindful of our environment, the U.S. Embassy will, beginning on May 24, 2010, ask all non-immigrant visa (NIV) applicants to please submit their visa applications via an electronic, online form, known as the DS-160. The new on-line application form replaces three paper forms, so it should be easier and faster for clients to complete their applications.

The new form has two key changes. The DS-160 form is submitted electronically, through the internet, replacing paper forms. Also, the on-line form requires applicants to upload a digital photograph from the computers they use to complete the application.

The new form is a greener, user-friendly application. Applicants may save the data in the form in order to complete an application later, and saved data may be reused for future applications. The form reduces use of paper, making it a greener method to apply for a U.S. visa.

The rest of the application process remains the same. After completing the on-line application, visa applicants must schedule an interview appointment, either on-line at https://philippines.us-visaservices.com, or by calling 1-909-101-7878. Applicants must then pay the visa fee at an approved fee collection point. The final step is the appointment at the Embassy.

If using the form for the first time, applicants should read a step-by-step instructional guide, which may be found at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwfniv1.pdf.

For more information, visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.html.

Sandboarding Adventure Plus by the LEAD Movement: It’s all about the ramp

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Yes, the Ramp is the new addition to the sandboarding adventure in Ilocos! Another first by the LEAD Movement.

Seems easy?

*Gasps*

Maybe…

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0917-523-0331

Photos by the LEAD Movement

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The Future of The Environment in Ilocos Norte Lies in The Coming 2010 Elections…

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Just like Economic Integrity and Stability, Environmental Integrity and Stability go hand in hand with Political Integrity and Stability.

Stability is permanence or firmness in position.

Integrity is defined by dictionary.com as:

n.

  1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
  2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
  3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY – The sustenance of important biophysical processes which support plant and animal life and which must be allowed to continue without significant change. The objective is to assure the continued health of essential life support systems of nature, including air, water, and soil, by protecting the resilience, diversity, and purity of natural communities (ecosystems) within the environment.

Effective Stewardship Of Our Natural Resources is dependent upon careful planning and management. It is the duty and obligation of any duly elected public official to protect the interest of his/her constituents, as the Local Government Code of the Philippines expressly states:

CHAPTER 2. – GENERAL POWERS AND ATTRIBUTES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS

SEC. 16. General Welfare. – Every local government unit shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare. Within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government units shall ensure and support, among other things, the preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced ecology, encourage and support the development of appropriate and self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities, improve public morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice, promote full employment among their residents. maintain peace and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.

Vote for candidates with POLITICAL INTEGRITY.

Vote for candidates with no personal and hidden agendas.

Vote for candidates who will further push for the protection and conservation of the environment instead of compromising it and putting it at greater risk.

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