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  • lv on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Manaoag Shrine and Bubon Na Birhen (Virgin's Well) 

    Minor Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Rosary Of Manaoag

    Bubon Na Birhen (Virgin’s Well, Barangay Pugaro, Manaoag, Pangasinan

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    On my way to Manila, my two friends who are husband and wife shared a ride with me dropping them off in Manaoag, Pangasinan. In as much as we were going to Manaoag I thought it would be nice to go visit the Manaoag Church which is now called Minor Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Rosary Of Manaoag. After around three hours driving from Tagudin in the scorching heat of summer we reached Manaoag. We went directly to the church at the town proper and stayed there briefly. As always, the area around the church was very busy. There were a lot of vendors and tourists and it was hard to find parking.

    There is another tourist attraction in town called Bubon Na Birhen (Virgin’s Well) in Barangay Pugaro which is a few miles east of the town proper. I did not know anything about this place until a friend told me that it is also another nice place where people can visit while in Manaoag . I am sure there is a story behind this place why it is named the Virgin’s Well. The water from the well is supposedly medicinal and they said it never dries up even in times of drought and during long summers. Since we were actually visiting some friends who live in Barangay Pugaro, we decided to go see the place before stopping by at our friends’ house. Bubon Na Birhen is a quiet place in a park like setting. It is actually a good place to rest for it has lots of trees and it has a chapel in the vast compound. Upon leaving the place, some guy came up to us and ask for twenty pesos. I am not sure if that was for the parking or a fee to be used to keep up the place.

  • lv on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Third and the Last Philippine Presidential Debate before the May 9, 2016 Election 

    To me, there is no clear winner in this debate. No major fireworks this time among the candidates. Roxas and Poe did okay but it seems like the netizens’ choice as the winner in this debate is Duterte according to the Rappler.com poll. May the best man/woman win.

    The Third and the Last Philippine Presidential Debate
    held at the University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City, April 24, 2016

  • lv on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Sitio Alog Revisited 

    View at Sitio Alog, Barangay Pallogan, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur

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    Some photos I took recently at Sitio Alog in Barangay Pallogan in Tagudin. My friends and I came up here to buy basi and to enjoy the view. As always the view up there was awesome. The basi we bought tasted great but it was not fully aged yet. We had a free sample from the sellers (a nice couple who owns a sari-sari store) and mind you it was a big pitcher full of basi that they sampled us with! Many thanks to the folks up there. Their hospitality was amazing. They gave us a nice company that afternoon. I only had a slight buzz after sharing that pitcher of basi with my friends perhaps due to the alcohol content not to the max yet. It was still a little too early to be buying basi at Sitio Alog but they were kind enough to let us buy some of their basi. If we would have waited a few more weeks, the basi would have been perfect. As a word of caution, please be careful when driving up there. The road is narrow and steep and with a lot of curves. Make sure nga makabuelo kayo nga nasiyaat no sumang-at kayo para sigurado nga makadanon kayo idiay ngato.

    • edf on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow what a view! Kalding kadi daguidiay? It’s nice to spend time in a place like this once again, away from it all, with a sip of basi everyday. :)

      • lv on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Wen kalding dagidiay. Para lako dagidiay siguro. I think the basi up there is seasonal but they sell vinegar any time of the year. The basi we had was nice – a little on the sweet side but their fully-aged basi is not as sweet – medyo sumugpet but has higher alcohol content. Adda kugtar na. The basi and the pulutan nga kalding are perfect match and you can have both of that in Alog. Basi taste a lot better when chilled actually.

  • lv on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ilocano Love Songs 

    The blog is playing Ilocano love songs for your listening enjoyment. The playlist is a selection of old Ilocano songs. The songs can be played at the right hand side of the blog.
    Enjoy the music.

  • lv on April 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Tagudin High School Centennial 2016
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA 

    Click on the image to enlarge.

    Please click to view and print the following:

    Schedule of Events and Hotel Accommodation Information

    Dinner And Dance Registration Form

    Souvenir Program Form

    Thank you.
    THSAAI Core Team

    • lv on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you THSAAI Core Team for your updates.

      • edf on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Larry. You have always been supportive. Maraming salamat din sa mga updates about Tagudin. \\Manang Fem

    • lv on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Folks, if you plan to attend the three day event, please don’t forget to click on the links above for there are important information that you need to know such as certain deadlines.


      • edf on April 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        May 1st registration is flexible. We are receiving rush of registrants. However, the June 15 hotel reservation is a firm date. Limited number of rooms are blocked at a discounted price therefore we encourage everyone to book early. Thanks again Larry. \\Mg Fem

        • lv on April 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          It is nice that the May 1 deadline is flexible. I am sure there would be more people attending with this change. Happy centennial celebration to all Tagudin High alumni and to all of their friends, families and relatives and to all Tagudinians as well as from our friends from Suyo, Santa Cruz, Sudipen, Alilem, Sigay, Bangar and other towns who will be attending the event.

  • lv on April 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Some new projects in Tagudin 

    The arch at the entrance of Tagudin in Barangay Bio is being renovated and the construction of a new bridge connecting poblacion and Sawat is in full blast as of this writing. The bridge will serve the people of Sawat as well as the people in the rest of the western part of Tagudin particularly barangays Pacac, Pudoc East, Pudoc West and Baritao.

    Please click on the photos to enlarge and to see the rest of the photos.

    Bridge being constructed to connect Poblacion to Western parts of Tagudin

    Tagudin Arch in Barangay Bio Being Renovated 2016

  • lv on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Philippine Vice Presidential Debate at University of Santo Tomas 

    Despite being bashed at the debate, Senator Bongbong Marcos now tops the surveys along with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The popular tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero falls behind. Are we seeing a Duterte presidency and Marcos the vice president?

    The Philippine Vice Presidential Debate at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, April 10, 2016

  • lv on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAi Scholars 2016 

    Eight out of nine current SASAi scholars made it to the Honor Roll this year at St. Augustine’s School.

    Recognition and luncheon in honor of the scholars at the Buenavista Family Inn in Farola, Tagudin with parents, teachers, donors, benefactors and sponsors
    Please click on the photo to enlarge.

    Posted by the blog administrator for Melanie Padayao-Florentino – President & CEO Saint Augustine School Alumni International (SASAi)

    • lv on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you SASAi for sharing the photos.

      • Atty. Romeo J. Somera on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Larry. As you are fully aware, there are still several bright children wanting to finish high school but are hampered by financial considerations. They need help and SASAI can send more children through high school if assistance are to be extended. Those brilliant minds must not go to waste. Please visit SASAI website at http://www.sasaiinc.org. Your donations are tax deductible.

  • lv on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    SASAA 10th Anniversary and Grand Reunion III 

    To all SAS Alumni and Tagudinians,
    Please save the date for the Saint Augustine’s School Alumni Association 10th Anniversary and Grand Reunion.
    We are looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion in Las Vegas (August 4,5 and 6, 2017).
    Thank you and God bless.
    From the SASAA organizers

    Posted by the blog administrator for Jim Paredes, SASAA President

    • lv on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you manong Jim for the update.

  • lv on April 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    San Fernando City’s Poro Point Baywalk in La Union 

    Since a lot of us Tagudinians go to San Fernando to shop and to do errands, here is the newest attraction in the city of San Fernando that you might want to see. Candon City is closer to Tagudin but more Tagudinians still prefer to go to San Fernando for the city has more business and shopping establishments and a lot of the government government offices are located here in the city. Candon City is catching up with San Fernando though. Hopefully, the people of Tagudin would not have to go to other places in the future.

    Poro Point Baywalk at Thunderbird Resort and Casino in San Fernando, La Union
    Image Credit to the owner on blogspot.com

    Article Source: The Philippine Star

    Poro Point Baywalk to open
    By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 2, 2016 – 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines – Bases Conversion and Development Authority subsidiary Poro Point Management Corp. (PPMC) is set to inaugurate next week its P57.45 million Poro Point Baywalk project.

    The Poro Point Baywalk features playgrounds, picnic area, gazebos, an amphitheater and a commercial strip.

    “The commercial strip will be leased out to interested investors and small and medium enterprises. This will promote the participation of local businessmen in the development of the Poro Point Freeport Zone,” PPMC chairman Ives Nisce said.

    PPMC said the 1.3-kilometer baywalk fronting San Fernando Bay would be opened during this year’s celebration of the Sillag Poro Point Festival of Lights on April 9.

    “This infrastructure project was launched during the Sillag Festival in 2015 which drew thousands of participants, thus, highlighting the project’s viability. It is foreseen to draw more tourists to the area and enhance the competitiveness of the zone,” Nisce said.

    PPMC said the Sillag Festival is La Union’s counterpart to Baguio City’s Panagbenga and Clark’s International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

    The annual Sillag Festival was initiated by PPMC together with the BCDA and the provincial government of La Union in 2012.

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s high time that we have something like this cloase and nearby, and SFDO is a good place. BTW Larry, do you still have the same email address? Can you send me at my yahoo e mail if you have a new one? Thanks.

      • lv on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi manong Romeo, my email address is the same. Sometimes I don’t get to check my emails due to the connection problems I am having in PI.

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