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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 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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FLOATING SKY LANTERNS

FLOATING SKY LANTERNS. A highlight of the Raniag Vigan Twilight Festival, the Floating Sky Lanterns was held on October 22, 2018 at Jardin de Caridad. Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery, like this family in the photo, took the chance to visit their loved ones ahead of All Saints Day and participate in […]

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STREET DANCING SHOWDOWN

STREET DANCING SHOWDOWN. The spirited and fiery performance of Vigan National High School East inspired by the Disney movie “Moana” wowed the judges enough to award them first prize at the Raniag Vigan Twilight Festival Street Dancing and Showdown competition at the Plaza Burgos, Vigan City, on October 26, 2018. (photo by Jasper Espejo) . […]

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LOOK: Jack o’Lantern making contest

VIGAN CITY – A jack o’lantern making contest was held at the Plaza Burgos here, last October 19 as part of the 2018 Raniag Twilight Festival. Here are some photos from the event. Photos by Jasper Espejo. Do not copy without permission.

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LOOK: Indian Navratri Festival

VIGAN CITY – Vigan City has a growing Indian community composed mainly of students at the local university. They have been infusing aspects of their unique culture in our local festivals like this celebration of the Navratri Festival held at the Plaza Burgos in the evening of October 18, where a big number of young […]

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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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BANNER PHOTO: REPASO DE VIGAN AND SOLIDARITY PARADE

REPASO DE VIGAN AND SOLIDARITY PARADE. The history of Vigan City, from the pre-colonial period up to modern times, was the focus of the Solidarity Parade that took place in the afternoon of August 8, 2018 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. In this photo, Bigueños portrayed American soldiers in the Philippine–American War, an armed conflict […]

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