Why you should visit Ilocos Norte

Leave a comment

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

The thing called sandboarding in northern Ilocos…

Leave a comment

In a travel feature story on TIME.com, sandboarding at the La Paz Sand Dunes was mentioned by writer Hans Villarica as one of the thrills on the earthly wonders of Ilocos Norte, the top reason to visit the province. Read the other top 4 reasons here.

Here are some videos that made the Jackson and Thomas boys’ recent visit to Laoag way different from their usual heritage itinerary.

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

3 Comments

tourists

images by Blauearth

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

Ilocos Sandboarding is catching on

Leave a comment

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

LEAD Movement’s sandboarding gets featured in Smile, the Inflight Magazine of Cebu Pacific Air

Leave a comment

Smile June 2010 issue via Smile online

Cool! It got 5 stars on the thrill-o-meter! LEAD Movement invites you to get on their sandboards, and find out why it’s a new thrill up north…