Ever since I’ve been to Malamawi Island off Isabela City in Basilan, I’ve been on the lookout for other Basilan beaches to feature. Considering that it has several islands and islets, with many having those white sand fringe as seen from airplanes. Thus, much to my delight when a friend arranged for a trip to Lamitan, the other city. It was a little past noon when we’ve finished lunch after a visit to Bolingan Falls and headed to Calugusan, a barangay of Lamitan City. It…Continue Reading “Lamitan’s white beach strip in Calugusan”

I have experienced rappelling before but that was when I was in college, about twenty years ago. And there I was, excited at my second try atop the flow portion of Nalalata Falls. I was third in line and when the second person was called, my heart was already beating. You can make! Jojo Villareal of Kaddlagan Tours, our rappel provider called out, trying to convince me that it’s not really that dangerous, or difficult. For one who has slight acrophobia, I was torn between…Continue Reading “Rappelling down Nalalata Falls, funfilled adventure”

The Ilocos region, especially Sur and Norte is known popularly as where abel iloko, a traditional form of weaving with its own interesting designs come from. But not many know that this traditional cloth is also woven in Abra. I had the opportunity to visit one such weaving community in Bulbulala, La Paz. Leila’s Loomweaving is perhaps one of the biggest suppliers of woven abel, with their biggest buyer from a handicrafts shop in Cebu focusing on Philippine traditional textiles. They not only have given…Continue Reading “Photo essay: A look at abel loom weaving in Abra”

One of the highlights of the Abrenian Kawayan Festival, on the occasion of the province’s 98th Foundation Day is the provincial trade fair that saw many small and medium enterprises exhibiting including agricultural products by the different municipalities. It’s quite an interesting trade exhibit as I got to see, especially the handicrafts made from bamboo which the province has promoted since the start of the festival, an abundant resource. These products ranged from traditional house wares that are meticulously made like baskets and dining/kitchen utensils,…Continue Reading “Abra Trade Fair, a showcase of what the province has to offer”

Abra, on its 98th Foundation Day celebrated and paid homage to its most abundant and versatile product, the bamboo in a series of dances, colorful presentations of its rich Ilocano and Itneg (Tinguian) cultural identity as well as a several events during the 8th Abrenian Kawayan Festival held last 6-9 March 2015. First introduced by current Governor Eustaquio Bersamin in 2009 to promote the bamboo as a top product of the province, the festival has been a venue of unity and celebration as well as…Continue Reading “Abra celebrates the bamboo on 98th Foundation Day”