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The long road home (Last part)

Pagudpud By 9:30 a.m. the next day, I was in Claveria’s van terminal, waiting for more passengers to arrive and fill up the empty seats so that our van could be on its way. Not long after, our van was speeding across a scenery of hills, mountains and rice farms. As our car curved its […]

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The symbolic elements in the Ilocano marriage rituals

THE SYMBOLIC BASI IN THE “DANON” “Danon” means “pumanhik” (negotiations before the marriage) and “basi” means domestic wine extracted from sugarcane. The suitor’s parents normally meet with the girl’s parents and agree upon dowry and the arrangement for the wedding. “Basi” is very strong tool to influence the betrothal. “No adda arak mo, dumanon ka” […]

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LOOK: SM City Rosales unveils 25ft tall Christmas Tree

ROSALES, Pangasinan – Filipinos love Christmas and it is a well known fact that we start the Christmas celebrations very early. As soon as the calendar hits the month of September, radio stations begin airing Christmas songs like those of Jose Mari Chan. And when All Saints Day is over, it’s time for many families […]

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The long road home (Part 4)

Callao – Claveria I left Callao resort by noon and was back in Tuguegarao City around 1 p.m. This was already the 27th of October, the day before my birthday. My original plan was to be in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte by the 28th. But in Tuguegarao that day, I got worried that it was too […]

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The long road home (Part 3)

Banaue – Tabuk – Callao I woke up early the next day to start my trip to my next destination. When I was planning my journey, I learned that there were buses from Banaue going to Tabuk, Kalinga, and that in Tabuk, there were jeepneys going to Tuguegarao. I thought it would be interesting to […]

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“Actors Q” bags second “Ar-aria” film fest championship

LAOAG CITY – For the second consecutive year, Actors Q won first place at the annual Lilia Cuntapay Short Horror Film Contest, a highlight of the Semana ti Ar-aria Halloween Bash held by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) last October 26 to November 5. Their film titled “Areglo” tackled social issues in addition […]

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KWF statement on the harmonization of orthographies of Filipino languages

The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino released a statement in response to the controversy surrounding the launch of the Ortograpiya ti Pagsasao nga Ilokano 2018 which many Ilokano writers’ groups and other advocates of the Ilokano language are protesting for its deviation from the existing orthography being used by the Ilokano writers and experts. In the […]

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ADVERTORIAL: Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil brings heart-healthy dishes to the Raniag Festival

Vigan’s Raniag Festival, the brightest festival in Northern Luzon, was made even brighter by celebrity chef, Donita Rose. The former MTV Asia VJ, TV host and actress together with Fly Ace representatives hosted a Meet-and-Greet and Cooking Demonstration to promote healthier cooking using Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil. Media and retail partners were treated to […]

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The long road home (Part 2)

Batad and Cambulo I was up by 6 a.m. the next morning. I very much wanted to view the sun rising over the terraces and take photos. The dining area of the place where I stayed had a balcony overlooking the rice terraces. I ate my breakfast and took photos as the sun painted the […]

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The long road home (Part 1)

Ten years ago, I made an extraordinary trip from Mandaluyong City, where I was residing at that time, to Vigan, my hometown. Anybody who has taken this northbound trip would know that the travel time takes from 8-10 hours by bus nowadays. But this trip I took in 2008, I planned to be different. I […]

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