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  • lv on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ilocano Songs in the Playlist 

    These are timeless Ilocano songs. Most of the songs are from the sixties and early seventies but some of the songs are even from an earlier era. A lot of these songs were popularized by Bobby Gutierrez . Bobby Gutierrez is dubbed as the “Orignial Ilocano Jukebox King”. He used to sing these songs with other singers like Dolly Manuel and others. I remember listening to these songs from our transistor radio back home when I was growing up in Tagudin. A lot of you are probably familiar with these songs, and I hope this music would bring back good memories from the past.

    Para kadayo amin daytoy apo nangnangruna kadagitay napeklan nga Ilocano nga mahilig kadagitay kankanta nga Ilocano nga kas toy numo.


    • lv on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sometimes Ilocano music sounds like Spanish music. One example is the slow song in the playlist called “Pusok ti Nasugatan”. Its Ilocano lyric is a little depressing (depending how you view it, it is also humorous) but the guitar accompaniment sounds nice. It is actually a good piece for guitar playing. It is a short song and easy to strum with the guitar. Mayat nga pagsursuruan nga aggitara ken kumanta.

      Pusok ti Nasugatan

      Pusok ti nasugatan
      Punyal kadagita paidam
      Ay wen biagko
      Nagsaemen ti lak-amek
      Diak san maibturan

      No kayat mo nga maamuan
      Pegges panagayat ko kenka
      Tudasen mon daytoy biagko
      Tapnon awanakon nga sabidong mo

      Ta no koman dinak rinuruam
      Kadagita nalailo nga matam
      Diak met koma nga lumdaang
      Nga sumina dita dennam

  • lv on August 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    Attention Farm Lovers:

    A 22,329 sq. m. farm land is up for sale located in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. Inclusive with 1 residential house, 3 bunkhouses, 3 eqpt. houses, 1 stack house, 1 goat house, 1 fishpond, 65 full grown mangoes, 3,000 Mahogany trees, 8 Sagat trees, 11 Narra trees, and various fruit bearing trees.

    For interested buyers who want to retire/live in the Philippines, please email your telephone numbers or emails to the Administrator of this site. The owner of the farm will contact you personally.

    The Site Administrator’s email is:
    mails114-tagudinseasideadministrator@yahoo.com .

    Thank you.

    Naimbag nga aldaw/rabii.

    • Atty. Romeo J.Somera, Esq.CPA on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Where in Tagudin is the property located? Thanks.

      • lv on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi attorney, I believe it is located in the western part of Tagudin in the vicinity of Sawat, Pudoc, and Pacac. Please email me your contact numbers or email so the owner will personally give you more info regarding the property. Thank you attorney.

  • lv on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Philippines’ People’s Initiative For Abolishing Pork Barrel 

    Image Source: Rappler

    In the Philippines, Pork Barrel is a lump sum appropriation (not itemized) in the national budget whose release is determined by members of the legislature supposedly for local government projects but a lot of times big portion of the funds end up in the pocket of unscrupulous politicians. The official who gets a fund is the only person who can decide what projects or beneficiaries the fund will go to. The amounts for the projects are discretionary and not specified , and not itemized in the budget.

    • Pinoy on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s protect our hard earned money. Pork Barrel is still very much alive. Support the People’s Initiative.

    • Pinoy on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      There were 82 fake NGO that PDAF were channeled to besides Janet Napoles fake NGOs. What happened to those NGOs??? When are they going to start the investigation? These NGOs are much bigger than Nopales’ NGOs.

  • lv on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tagudinians of California Annual Picnic 2014 Slideshow by Jim D. Paredes 


    • lv on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Manong Jim for sharing the slideshow.

  • lv on August 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Leonardo “Leo” Bunoan Villanueva of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur – RIP 

    • Apolonio L. Villanueva III on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Heartfelt condolences to the family of Manong Leo. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

    • Seaside Park of Dardarat on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Our heartfelt condolences to the Villanueva Family. May Tang Leo rest in peace.

    • The Family of the late Selmo and Nelly Dauz Valdez on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Our sincere condolences to the Villanueva Family.

    • Atty. Romeo J.Somera, Esq.CPA on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      In behalf of the Someras’ of Magsaysay and Quirino, To the family of Mang Leo Villanueva, our condolence on his untimely demise. May God Bless His soul.

    • Paul L. Villanueva of Chicago on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Our condolences to the family of Tang Leo Villanueva and may your soul rest in peace.

  • lv on August 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    In Ilocos Sur, farmers turn to organic farming 

    By: Nila O. Argel
    Tuesday 19th of August 2014

    TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur, August 19 (PIA) – More than 200 farmers attended a training on making of organic fertilizers and pesticides from natural materials as part of the local government’s climate change advocacy.

    The government, non-government organizations and religious sector said organic agriculture is a means of coping with climate change and rising costs of commercial fertilizers.

    Organic farming reduces the vulnerability of the farmers to climate change and variability because it helps improve water holding capacity and makes crops more resistant to drought.

    World Health Organization (WHO) studies said most sickness today are caused by toxic chemicals from farm products.

    Ronel Barsatan, organic farming specialist from the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, talked on hands-on activities in preparing organic inputs, soil fertilization and planting.

    Vermiculture and livestock raising were also included in the lectures.

    Barsatan said that organic farming utilizes farm wastes and turns it into compost.

    “This will address problems on waste disposal and soil fertility. It also results to higher productivity and increase in income of farmers,” he said.

    As an added incentive, vermicasts may be sold for additional income. It can also be used in backyard vegetable gardens thereby addressing problems in malnutrition. MCA/MNOA /PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

    • lv on August 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thumbs up for the farmers in Tagudin. Organic farming is the way to go. Produce from organic farming is healthier for the people.

  • lv on August 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ilocano dishes, pinapaitan   


    Here is one of the favorite dishes of Ilocanos. However, a lot Ilocanos like myself still don’t know or still not sure how to cook a good pinapaitan. I sort of know how to cooked this popular dish but every time I cook pinapaitan I always end up having a mediocre pinapaitan. From watching this video I realized that I was not doing it right. I guess the key to a good pinapaitan is to have a good quality gastric juice from a cow or pespes in Ilocano. The way you cook and mix the ingredients together with just the right amount of spices/condiments also make a big difference in the way your pinapaitan would turn out. I like mine a little spicy and a little bit on the sour side. A party in Ilocos particularly in our town of Tagudin is not complete without a pinapaitan. When my friends and I get together back home, we usually have pinapatin which my friends cook themselves for everybody. I always wonder why these guys make so good pinapaitans. Apay ngata? Siguro gapu iti kanayon a ponsiyonan idiay Tagudin. No daddmuma, dagitay pay mang-nginum iti nalaing nga agluto iti pinapaitan hehehe. Angaw laeng apo. It is a good appetizer especially no adda padarundun na. As with everything else in life, you eat pinapaitan in moderation and if you over do it, there is a chance that your cholesterol level would go up since the dish has a lot of cholesterol in it. It is also high in uric acid so if you have a gout problem, maybe just eat pinapaitan sparingly. Otherwise, pinapaitan is a good Ilocano dish. Pinapaitan along with the other Ilocano dish “pinakbet” are now actually standard dishes that are being served in restaurants all over the Philippines.

  • lv on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SAS Batch of 1969 Reunion in Becquez, Tagudin Slideshow by Jim D. Paredes 


  • lv on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Exchange Rate and Currency Converter 

    I thought this feature would be helpful to some of you so I added it to the blog. I know a lot of you live and work outside the Philippines and send money on a regular basis to your loved ones back home. This feature is located at the right hand side of the blog. It is current and updated daily.

    • lv on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If you live in countries other than the US such as Canada, Japan, Hongkong, Australia, etc., you could also convert your currency to peso through this currency converter.

  • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    More photos from the SASAA Grand Reunion II in Las Vegas by Jim D. Paredes 


    • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Mng Jim. Very nice slideshow and nice quality of photos.

  • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Feast of Saint Augustine (Patron Saint of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur), August 28 

    Happy Feast of Saint Augustine to all the parishioners in Tagudin, to all the SAS Alumni wordwide, Members of SASAi and SASAA and to everyone at SAS in Tagudin.

    Image Source: catholic.org

    What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
    Saint Augustine

  • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Villanueva’s Chicago, Illinois USA 60625 

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    • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Mng Paul, you’ve posted this awhile back but I just saw this in the queue. Next time, please let me know if your post is taking a long time to appear in the board so I could check to see what went wrong. Thank you. Nice photo of your family.

  • lv on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Saint Augustine’s School Song 

    St. Augustine’s School Song sang by the SASAA Choir headed by Dr. Zenaida Lazaga de Ocampo at the recent SASAA Grand Alumni Reunion II in Las Vegas

    Saint Augustine’s School Song

    Our Beloved Saint Augustine’s School
    Keep marching e’re onward
    Even onward ever as before
    Under our flag white and blue

    Despite trouble, despite pain
    We who love you will fight still
    For you cause is our cause
    For you, we’ll live, fight and win

    Our beloved St Augustine’s School
    Keep conqu’ring as you march
    Keep beating, winning as you fight
    Under our flag white and blue

    Our beloved St Augustine’s School
    You do inspire us all
    To live, to serve man and the lord
    Keen Augustinians’ true goal

    Our victory is our fame
    Loyal to you we remain
    Where ever we abide
    We are proud to bear you name

  • lv on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    TASC (Tagudinians Assoc. of Southern California) Annual Picnic 

  • lv on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Some of the Dancing at The SASAA Grand Reunion II 

  • lv on August 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Australian Bee Gees 

    Australian Bee Gees

    SAS Batch of 1974 – Vangie Valdez-Kelly and husband Rudy, Rose Lamadrid-Nagallo, Manie Acosta-Lake and L. Valdez from Batch ’78 and The Australian Bee Gees.

    After the thanksgiving mass and the brunch at The Orleans, we decided to walk around just to kill time before the long trip going back home the following day. We thought we would at least see a show since we didn’t really try our luck at the casinos. We walked around for a while checking out the different shows at the different casinos. At first, we wanted to see The Jersey Boys but it was way too expensive at almost $200 a ticket. We were offered half of that price at the box office outlet at the strip but it was still a little much. There were actually a lot of shows to choose from ranging from $20 to around $200 per show. After deliberating, we settled to try and see The Australian Bee Gees which was $40 a ticket. We decided to see the 7 PM show which was at the Excalibur so we can have an early dinner before the show. By the way if you want a good buffet at the strip, go to the Paris Hotel and Casino. That is where we went and I could say that their buffet is fabulous. The Australian Bee Gees were great. They were almost identical to the original Bee Gees. Not only that we enjoyed the music we also enjoyed dancing there. Yes, people were allowed to dance. They purposely set up an area below the stage where people could dance. You really cannot help yourself to dance if the music is good and if you are in the company of these three ladies from class of 1974 – Vangie Valdez Kelly and husband Rudy, Rosemarie Lamadrid Nagallo and the energetic Manie Acosta Lake. They were really into it and they were not afraid to go up there and dance. Overall, I could recommend The Australian Bee Gees if you are in Las Vegas looking for a show. We definitely got our money’s worth with The Australian Bee Gees.

  • lv on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAA Grand Reunion II, Las Vegas – Third Day (Thanksgiving / Farewell) 

    The Choir

    Batch of 1967

    To see the rest of the photos, please click the Play button:

    • lv on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      If I missed taking photos of anyone, I apologize. I probably did not see you or didn’t get a chance to get to where you were. I also had to delete photos that were blurry. Dispensaren yo met apo no adda saan ko nga napagtimkan kadakayo ta saan ko a nalasin dagitay dadduma nga kakailian tayo ken managbabain to met daytoy numo. Ala ket no addan to pay panagtitipun tayo, siguraduek nga mapagtimkan kay to. Dios iti agngina.

      • violeta on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        thanks for sharing how can i get copies to the one I like

      • violeta on August 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        thanks for emailing the pics I liked

      • Virgie(Cora) on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Larry! thanks for posting our pictures. May I request copies of Batch 75 pics and our pictures with Manong Rening, Violy, Alice, Landa, Mila(Jardinians)? please send it to my e-mail. thanks

        • lv on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Cora,
          Yes, I will email the photos to you. It was nice seeing you. Say hello to your family especially to Nang Seniang. Your mother and my late mother Nang Nelly were best friends. It was really nice to see some Jardinians at the reunion.

      • Jim Paredes on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Larry, thank you for sharing and love watching the whole event.

        • lv on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          You are welcome Manong Jim. Thank you to you too for taking photos and sharing them to this blog/message board.

    • violeta on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for sharing I tried to extract the pics that i like but can’t can you email me pics that I’m in wt manang Alice if it is not to much to ask in your convenience pls thanks

      • lv on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        ‘ti violy, I will email them to you.

        • violeta on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply


        • alice on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

          me too Larry, thanks, it was fun dancing with my nephew

          • lv on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

            I’ve sent your photos to you ‘ti Alice.

  • lv on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAA Grand Reunion II, Las Vegas – Second Day (Coronation and Induction of Officers) 

    Tagudinian Association of Southern California

    Tagudinians of Northern California

    Click the Play button to see the rest of the photos from the Coronation and Induction of Officers Night:

    • lv on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to thank my dancing partners especially my two lovely “ikits” Violy of No Cali and Alicia of So Cali. Dispensaren yo laeng ta awan practice ko ngem uray ta saan ko nabaddekan ta saka yo. Uray maski pops toy salak sige latta hehehe. I had a great time and I am sure everyone did too.

      • violeta on August 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        thanks Larry I had so much fun i could have not enjoyed the occasion if not for you! Don’t know the steps but only sway with the music n dance like nobody was watching!

      • alice on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        napialaketden ta adda ka nga partner mi

  • lv on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAA Video – Back to School Days by Manuel Laranang 

    • lv on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice video Manong Manny. Thank you for sharing.

  • lv on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAA Grand Reunion II, Las Vegas – First Day (60s Night) 

    Congratulations SASAA for having a successful reunion. It was a lot of fun. It was nice to be with our fellow alumni and kababayans. My hat’s off to the organizers. Congratulations also to the newly elected officers. Thank you and mabuhay!

    Two of the many good looking couples at the reunion:

    The “Hail To The King” winner Larry Bustamante and wife Marietta
    Runner ups were Quintin Visque and Jim Paredes.
    Congratulations to Manong Larry Bustamante.

    Edna and Greg from SAS Batch 1970 and 1971
    Nagpintasen apo, nin sa met Brigitte Bardot daytoy.
    Edna was the winner of the best 60s attire.

    Please click the play button to watch the rest of the photos from the first night (60s Night)

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