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  • lv on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Sitio Alog, Barangay Pallogan, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur 

    View at the top of Sitio Alog, Pallogan, Tagudin Ilocos Sur

    The Folks from the Village of Sitio Alog in Pallogan, Tagudin

    “Sinambong” (sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves)

    For the rest of the photos of Sitio Alog, click play to watch the slideshow:

    Awhile back, I got a chance to go around the barangays or barrios of Tagudin when I was taking photos for the website. My friend who served as my assistant for the project and I went through all the town’s forty three barangays and one of the places that I would recommend for people to see is this place in Barangay Pallogan called Sitio Alog or simply Alog as what people call this place. It is on top of the Tagudin’s highest peak. The place used to be isolated from the rest of the town until a few years ago when the previous administration paved the road going up to this once isolated place. There was a plan to build a zip line that would start from the top of Sitio Alog and would go across the vast Amburayan River area ending in Barangay Bio. Whatever happened to that project I wonder? It was going to be the longest zip line in Asia. I kind of glad that it didn’t happen so Sitio Alog would remain a quiet and a beautiful place.

    After going through the twisty road briefly, my friend and I were rewarded with a spectacular view when we reach the top – a breathtaking 360 degree view of the town of Tagudin and the surrounding areas. The West Philippine Sea is very visible to the west and the towns of Sudipen and Alilem are visible to the east. It was awesome. The view is at the entrance of Sitio Alog and if you go further down the road you will end up in a little valley where you would see few houses belonging to a handful of families who are related to each other. I believe the families are from the Leal Clan of Pallogan.

    Other than to take photos, I purposely went up there to also check out the” basi” (native wine made from sugar cane) that a lot of folks were buzzing about. They said that they make good “basi” up there so I thought this would be a good opportunity to go and check out this much talked about “basi”. We were very lucky that when we got down to that little valley, they were making “tagapulot”! “Tagapulot” is type of sugar that is made locally by the Ilocanos and of course made from sugar cane. It is usually a lot darker and with bigger crystals than the brown sugar being sold commercially. It was a good timing for us, and it was a treat to witness this rare scene of folks making sugar in Tagudin. The last time I witnessed folks making “tagapulot” was at a farm somewhere in Barangay Dacutan when I was a little boy. I am sure that farm where they used to grow sugarcane in Dacutan is probably now a residential area unfortunately.

    After being up there for a while, we finally ask the guys if they have “basi”, and one of the guys immediately went running to one of the houses or ”kamarins” to get us a gallon of the “basi”. They usually keep “basi” in big earthen jars called “burnays”. We tasted the “basi” and as what the people told us, it was good. My friend and I ended up having one gallon each to bring home with us. There is “basi” available for sale in Alog for anyone of you who want to venture out up there. “Suka” or vinegar is also available. The folks in Alog were very nice to us. We enjoyed watching them make “tagapulot” and chatting with them. They were very happy to explain to us how they make “basi” and “tagapulot”. Usually when they make “tagapulot”, they also make what Ilocanos call “pulitipot”, a thick and gooey syrup which the Ilocanos use as a sweetener for almost anything. The Ilocanos also make sugar cane candies or “balikutsa” from these syrups. I used to eat “tagapulot”, “pulitipot” or “balikutsa” with my rice for breakfast in the morning during childhood. Since the sugar cane harvest of the folks in Alog was not that much that year, they didn’t make “pulitipot” but they had “sinambongs” which they shared with us. They were freshly cooked and so delicious. “Sinambong” is a sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves and dipped in the crystalizing juice of the sugar cane while it is being cooked to form brown sugar. Usually, when they make “tagapulot” they also make “sinambong” and “cascaron” which is another delicacy made from sticky rice.

    There used to be many “dadapilans” in Tagudin. “Dadapilan” is a sugar cane grinder to extract juice from the sugar cane and it is usually powered by a water buffalo. Sadly, there are not many of them anymore. The “dadapilan” in Sitio Alog, is probably one of the last “dadapilans” in the town of Tagudin. It might be even be the last one. I wish that the folks in Tagudin would revive this type of industry so we can preserve some of the culture and traditions of the Tagudinians and also give livelihood to the people. I know that there is still a market for sugar made locally and for “basi” for sure. The folks in Sitio Alog said they don’t make sugar or “basi” every year. They only do it when the harvest is good. Perhaps somebody from the local or even the national government can teach them how to improve the harvest so they can do this every year. It could be a good source of income for them on a regular basis.

    To go to Sitio Alog, head down to Barangay Ambalayat from the National Highway somewhere in Barangay Lacong (Almazan) then at the dumpsite in Barangay Cabulanglangan before Ambalayat, turn left at the big mango tree and just follow the road all the way up to Sitio Alog.

    I would like to thank the Leal Families for their hospitality and for accommodating us up there in Sitio Alog in Barangay Pallogan.

    • Manny on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      First I would like to commend you for the beautiful article about Sitio Alog in our town of Tagudin. It’s very nostalgic for me. for the fact that this is the place where I was born. According to my parents, they have to settle on this remote place during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. Though I grew up in Tagudin, I never had the chance to visit the place. Now at least I can get a glance of the serenity and tranquility where my loving parents cared for me during my early days in this world. Story was told by relatives that during the moment I was born, they witness also at the same time the landing of the American Naval forces in Darigayos near Luna La Union through their vantage point high on Alog hill. An omen by the old folks that someday I will serve in the Navy . Thanks again . Keep up the good work.

      • lv on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Manong Manny, you are welcome and thank you for your post. I wanted to show the world how beautiful our town is and I am glad that you got to see photos of where you were born through these photos that I took. Next time when you go for a vacation in the Tagudin, go visit this place. It is not difficult to go up there since the road is already paved all the way to the top. I have also heard stories from my parents and my grandparents about the places where they were evacuated to save them from the atrocities of the invading Japanse soldiers during the war.I think another place where people went was a place somewhere in Bitalag. Some of my relatives were also born in those places but sadly a lot of them particularly the children also died because of diseases and the extreme hardship that they endured while in hiding.

    • lv on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When we passed by the dumpsite, I noticed that some of the trees were being cut down to make way for the expansion of the dumpsite if I’m not mistaken. I am just wondering if they would reforest at least the surrounding area so there would be a buffer buffer for the dumpsite. I think It would be great if we could do a reforestation not only in this area but all the denuded areas in our town.

  • lv on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SAS Alumni Assoc. Second Grand Reunion in Las Vegas. 

    I just want to wish all St. Augustine’s School alumni a happy and a successful reunion.
    Have a good and safe trip to Las Vegas.
    Drive carefully if you are driving.
    Mabuhay and more power!

    Image courtesy of The Orleans Hotel and Casino

  • lv on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    I have been following the news in the Philippines regarding the illegal funds (DAP and PDAF) used for projects which are being implemented by legislators and people in the government. I am appalled by Pres. Aquino’s defiance of the Supremen Court’s decision which brand DAP as unconstitutional. He is even challenging the court. He is not getting any support from me on this one for sure. They (the administration) keep saying the funds were used in good faith for projects that benefited the people but if the source is illegal it is still illegal I think. These projects are the source of corruptions anyway. That is why the Supreme Court is there to interpret the laws as an equal branch of the government but if the court is being ignored then what is the point of having a Supreme Court? I think he is making a dangerous precedent for the future leaders of this country. What do you think?

    Here is one of the many articles in the Internet from Tempo related to the recent speech of President Aquino defending DAP.

    Anti-pork group hits Aquino
    Posted by Online on Jul 15th, 2014

    Militant group Courage hold placards outside the gate of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in Mnaila on Monday, July 14, 2014. President Benigno S. Aquino III will deliver a nationwide address on the controversial DAP. (KJ ROSALES)

    Manila, Philippines – The Church People’s Alliance against Pork Barrel (CPAPB) has slammed President Aquino for his unbending defense of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

    The group said the President’s defense of the DAP lays bare his disregard both for the Philippine Constitution as well as his responsibility to safeguard the National Treasury for the benefit of the nation and the welfare of the most vulnerable in our society.

    “Ironically, President Aquino has presented himself as a stalwart of righteousness and avenger against corruption but has now been unmasked as a blatant, conscious and intentional violator of the highest law of the land, the Philippine Constitution. Under the weight of the unconstitutionality of both the PDAF and the DAP, President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Daang Matuwid has collapsed,” read the CPAPB statement released Sunday.

    CPAPB said they believe President Aquino betrayed the trust of the people with his attempts to defend the impounding of allocated budgets, deceptively re-naming them as savings, and illegally dispensing them at his own discretion, including his millions worth in gifts to senators six months after the Corona impeachment, through his Disbursement Acceleration Program.

    “President Aquino consciously violated the Constitution and betrayed the public with corruption and political patronage; thus, he has brought his own condemnation,” the group said.

    “He and all those who participated in these acts must be held accountable,” CPAPB added.

    Meanwhile, a labor group promoting human rights has echoed the sentiments of other cause-oriented sectors demanding the ouster of President Aquino for refusing to accept the resignation of Abad over DAP controversy.

    Workers under the militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) bearing axes made out of cardboards, streamers and placards with “Patalsikin si Aquino, Itakwil ang gobyernong elitista” and “Abad, arkitekto ng DAP, Aquino, mastermind ng DAP” slogans held a protest actions yesterday at Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Mendiola Bridge to call for the ouster of both DAP signatories.

    “Even before the Supreme Court’s decision on the DAP, workers and the toiling masses have long been suffering heavily from Aquino’s economic policies. For the wage-earners, Aquino’s DAP is just the icing on the cake. We can no longer stomach another day with him at the helm”, Leody de Guzman, national chairman of BMP, in an e-mailed statement to the media.

    For the past four years, De Guzman said the Aquino’s regime worsened the already extremely miserable conditions of workers with the legitimization of contractualization, stagnant wages, rising unemployment rate, abandonment of social services, and policies that placed profits of private companies over peoples’ interests. (Leslie Ann Aquino, Chito Chavez)

    Source: http://www.tempo.com.ph/

    •   on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Dictatorial tendencies?

      • johnny cross on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You bet! But if I may add, Noy2 reaction to the SC decision are displays of childish tantrums like that of a child whose lollipop was taken away. His is just the usual arrogance, vindictiveness and mindless handling of situations characteristics of his administration. Ang tanda tanda na and he is still acting as a spoiled brat. If an act has been declared by the SC (mind you 13-0) as unconstitutional, be humble, accept the law as it has been ruled and move on and not whine, moan and cry like a brainless baby.

      • johnny cross on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The Constitution is the highest law of the land. Any statutes, laws, regulations and rules including executive orders that ran counter to the constitution are not valid. The Administrative Act cited by Noy2 cannot supersede the constitution nor can it give authority to Noy2 or confer any power to do anything that are contrary to the constitution. And that’s what the SC declared. The DAP, even assuming that its creation was pursuant to the Administrative Code, the SC ruled is unconstitutional (against the constitution) as such no law surservient to the Constitution can justify it. The SC ruled that the DAP usurp the functions vested soley to Congress.The DAP is unconstitutional and no amount of whining, moaning, or anybody’s interpretation can chamge that but the SC. If they found their 13-0 decision was in error and therefore they are to reverse so be it but until that is going to happen the DAP as declared is unconstitutional

        • lv on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you Mr. Johnny Cross, That is very informative.

          • Johnny Cross on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            Mr Aquino continue assailing the SC. His latest was in the observation of the Mabini’s 150th birthday. He whined that if the JDF is okay with SC why not DAP (in the Executive-and extrapolating further, PDAF in Congress)? Well, well, this president just keep on trying to argue a wrong by erroneous comparisons.This president just don’t get it (which makes me wonder why his “smart” advisers continue letting him do it). He is comparing apples to oranges, i.e. DAP and PDAF vs. JDF. The JDF was created by law, which today has yet to be declared, either the JDF or the law creating it, as unconstitutional. The proper way to do that, and Noy2 is sorrounded by brainless legal luminaries (try De Lima. Ochoa, Lacierda and Abad) is to challenge the constitutionality of JDF or the law creating it by filing the proper petition before the SC. DAP and PDAF were found to be unconstitutional not by a speech making Noy2 but by smart people who challenged their constitutionality in the SC. The PDAF, creation of Congress (recommended by the Executive) was declared unconstitutional. DAP an imaginative executive creation, was declared unconstitutional because that particular executive act was found to have been a usurpation of the functions of Congress. No amount of good intentions or good results, imaginary or real, can justify the commission of an unconstitutional act, and Noy2 should know better. Respect the law, Mr President, and stop complaining. Move on Mr. Noy2. You can accomplish what you want through the DAP by doing it the right way; thru Congress.

    •  anonymous on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That is why people kill each other for a position in the government because that how these thieves want to get rich quick without any effort through these illegal funds they still from people’s money.

      •  anonymous on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        oops that should be steal not still. what am I thinking.

  • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ilocos Norte 


    Photos of Laoag City, Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, and The Windmills in Banqui

    A few months ago, I had a chance to go to Ilocos Norte for a seminar with DENR so I took advantage to go sightseeing around Laoag City and the towns north of Laoag. I was impressed with Laoag City. It was not very long ago that I was in Laoag and I could see the progress that happened and still happening since the last time I was there. There are now big malls and fast food joints have sprouted all over the place. Progress has spilled over to the neighboring towns of San Nicolas and Batac as well. I could see a vibrant metropolitan area in the making. The Marcos family is doing a great job in transforming the province into a progressive province where businesses thrive thus making the province the business hub of Region 1. Why not? They have an international airport and there is a plan to transform Currimao Port into a major port, and the province is also very close to Taiwan. The province does have a good future. Imee Marcos is the current governor and she is aggressively promoting tourism and trade and commerce in the province. I hope the next leaders of the province will continue what the Marcoses have started. Ilocos Norte’s infrastructures might be a little better than its counterparts in Ilocos Sur from what I have observed – at least in the areas of Ilocos Norte I drove through. Their highways are well maintained. If you go to Ilocos Norte, try heading up north of Laoag for this other half of the province is more interesting I think. Other than the popular beach of Pagudpud which I still haven’t been to, a place called Kapurpurawan and the windmills in Banqui are two places that you should not miss visiting on your way to Pagudpud. Our drive to these two places was well worth the trip. Bangui is actually not that far from Pagudpud (the next town north of Banqui) and Kappurawan is south of Banqui. The windmils in Bangui are impressive and though the area is windy at times, the beach is also nice. They sell souvenir items here. Kapurpurawan which is located in the town of Burgos is a beautiful place. They did a good job in transforming this place along the ocean with interesting rock formations into a park accessible to the public. The park is being protected and maintained by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte. This is a great place to go hiking and to enjoy ocean scenery. It was so refreshing feeling that nice breeze from the ocean. You can also do horseback riding here. There are lot of places to see in the province of Ilocos Norte – Paoay Church and lake, the sand dunes of Laoag, the Malacanang of the North, Fort Ilocandia to name a few. I would like to go back and see more of Norte in the future and maybe next time I will get to see Pagudpud. We just did not have much time to venture out up to this part of the province even though it is very close from Bangui where we did our last stop before heading back to Ilocos Sur.

  • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Music Playlist 

    Image Source:http://poetreecreations.org

    I am bringing back music to this blog. Every now and then, I will be putting up some music here for your enjoyment like what I used to do in the old forum. A lot of us experience stress in our daily lives and I thought playing some music here would help ease some of the stress, at least when you are here browsing this community blog/message board. This first playlist that I put together for the blog is dedicated to all the SAS Alumni who will be having their 2nd grand reunion this August in Las Vegas. I hope this music would warm you up for the event. The first night of the event is the 60’s theme so here are some music from the 60’s decade starting from 1960 to 1969.

    Enjoy and have a great reunion!

    • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Isu isagana yon apo dagitay bell bottoms ken yeye vonnel nga shirts hehehe. Have a great reunion.

    • lv on July 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If you have a song from the 60s (perhaps a song that reminds you of a special time or someone or just a favorite song) that you want to add to the playlist, post it here. I will be happy to add it to the playlist.

      • Precious on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Mr. DJ,
        Can you please play “DON’T TELL MY HEART TO STOP LOVING YOU” and “I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU”. Thank you very much.

        • lv on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Hello Precious, your songs are now included in the playlist. Nice songs. Enjoy. —- dj

  • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tagudinians of Northern California Picnic and Election of Officers 2014 

    • Evangeline Valdez Kelly on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Tagudinians of Northern California. This is your opportunity to Come socialize with YOUR FELLOW TAGUDINIANS, Learn the GREAT & WONDERFUL PROJECTS initiated by the organization and NOMINATE & VOTE for the FUTURE LEADERS of the Organization!!! Let us ALL unite to give back to the people & to the town of TAGUDIN.

      This is also your opportunity to socialize, know what is going on in Tagudin, & voice any suggestions or concerns to the present Mayor , Jose Bunoan….

      Invite your FAMILY, RELATIVES & FRIENDS to this ANNUAL PICNIC. This just happens once a year, so take advantage of this opportunity. LECHON WILL BE PROVIDED by the organization.

  • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    St. Augustine’s School Grand Reunion II, Las Vegas 



    Please click the link below to download or print the forms:

  • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Welcome to the new message board. Finally, we have a new permanent home for our message board which is now self-hosted. I’ve mentioned about creating a new mb awhile back but unfortunately I’ve been preoccupied with other things in the last two years. It is only this time that I got a chance to sit down and work on this new mb. I apologize for the delay. Hopefully this will be a little better and a more secured site than the previous one which we had for 11 years. It is hard to believe that it has been around that long and I thank you all for that. Because of new trends in the World Wide Web such as the proliferation of the social networking sites and people now having their own sites, the message board became a little quieter but so long as there are still people showing interest to this mb, it will continue to exist and it will continue to serve as a place where people can get information regarding our community. The mb is not as busy as before like during its heyday but the good thing is it also became easier and less stressful to administer which made me to focus more on providing contents so the board would not go to a full stop. Adda pay met la sag-gaysa nga um-umay bumisita ditoy isu nga ituloy tayo latta. Agi-innanus tay laeng ta bareng adda latta ditoy daytoy nanumo nga mb tayo.

    Though the format is a blog, it does not mean that there should be only one person who can post contents here. This is a blog and message board for the community so everyone is welcome to post . In fact your contributions will be very helpful because your contributions will get this blog going and also would make it more interesting and more informative for everyone. I am actually not a writer but I do try my best to come up with something to post here so it does not become stagnant. To be honest with you, I do struggle sometimes with my writings and I run out of things to post. So, if you have anything to contribute whether it be a photo, an article or a video, please don’t hesitate to post it here. I and the followers of this blog/mb will be very appreciative and thankful. I invite all the Tagudinian writers out there to publish your works here. My only request though for all posters is the posts are wholesome and no bashing. Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to this mb.

    The features of the blog/mb should be pretty straightforward. It was designed to be as user friendly as possible. I restored the features of the old mb plus I added more for your entertainment/enjoyment. More features might be added in the future depending on the need for such features. Sometimes the Bombo Radyo on the side of the blog does not play. This is because the radio station is off the air. It goes off the air during certain hours particularly during late nights in the Philippines. When it is live, it says live at the bottom right hand corner of the player. There are not that many photo slideshows and videos yet at the photo and video gallery section of the blog so if you want to include your slideshow or video in the galleries, please let me know or you can just post them in the blog and I will include them for you in the galleries. The only requirement is you need to upload your slideshow or video to youtube first because that is how this site catalogues the galleries – through youtube.

    Thank you all.

    Dios iti agngina.

    • lv on July 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      In case you want to refer back to the previous message board, here is the link: http://www.voy.com/229699/ .

    • Paul L. Villanueva on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      About Time. Testing, testing 1 2 3 Do you read me GUYS no more make up names or anonymous person posting in this WEBSITE. Thank you, thank you now we are all civilize, grown gentleman or woman respecting each other. That ‘s the way it should be especially us TAGUDINIANS. MABUHAY TAYO LAHAT.
      Paul L. Villanueva from Las-ud, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. **** Chicago, Illinois, USA

      • Paul L. Villanueva on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Mr. Moderator, there is something missing the photo of the person posting is not showing. We don’t want your shadow to be posted. We want the real picture just like in Facebook.
        Thank you in advance for fixing the photo.

        • lv on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Manong Paul, thank you for the post. The policy of the forum in regards to posting stays the same. The only change is – a poster has to provide an email address when posting. Of course that email will not be displayed. The photo or the avatar only signifies the start of a comment or a post in this blog. I removed the shadow figure. Thank you for pointing that out. — admin

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