Wilma Saguiyod-Gattud served three consecutive terms (from 2004-2013) as mayor of Tubo, Abra, a municipality populated by the Maeng tribe. The tribe is recognized as the first ethnic group to have successfully joined their traditional governance system, which they call 'dap-ay', with that of the country's standard political practices. In dap-ay, the community's Council of Elders chooses its government leaders, with achievements, reputation and popular support as the criteria for selection. In accordance with the mandate of the Local Government Code of 1991, whoever is chosen participates unopp ...
A sustained tradition of industry and unity is this town's Dapil Festival's theme in its staging this year.
Dapil Festival, coined from the term "Panagdapil" which is the traditional method of extracting sugarcane juice is the brainchild of then Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Maria Jocelyn Bernos, now Governor of Abra.
Originally, panagdapil is tedious and laborious but just like any other arduous labor, the fruit is sweet and satisfying especially with by-products molasses, sugar, vinegar and "basi" (wine) mainly sold to town markets in the province and in areas in northern Luzon.
As the rumored footprint of the legendary Ilocano giant Angalo, the breathtaking Pinsal falls is a very popular destination in Ilocos Sur because of its natural yet mesmerizing landscape. The cold water flowing here is ideal place for swimming so not only the local townspeople were coming but it also attracted tourists and backpacker adventurers alike.
It is located in Brgy. Baballasioan, one of the barangays in the far end of Sta. Maria, which borders Pilar, Abra. It is also accessible via the 9-kilometer concrete road so it is almost a 20-minute journey from the town proper. From the drop ...
Soon as the plane landed to the Philippines after my short stint in Bangkok, Thailand, I headed north with a 12-hour trip from Manila. This is my first vacation in the Philippines right after residing in Dubai, UAE and Ilocos Sur topped my to-go-to-list.
Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon - one of the three major Islands in the Philippines. It is bordered by Ilocos Norte and Abra to the north, Mountain Province to the east, La Union and Benguet to the south and the South China Sea to the west. The provincial capital of Ilocos Sur is Vigan City ...
The province of Ilocos is not only world famous for its heritage houses and cobblestoned road but also because of its people, food and falls!
Way back in 2008, I had a chance to visit Ilocos with my classmate. I had a kalesa tour in Vigan and was brought to different parts of Ilocos Sur by my classmate's family who happened to be based in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur.
Fast forward to 2016, I finally met in person travel blogger par excellence Edmar Guquib. He served as our guide on our last day in Vigan. This time around, he guided us to the off the beaten path destination of Ilocos, the ...
The last time I have seen a breathtaking waterfall is during our TBEX Philippines Fam Trip months ago where we went to Cebu, Siquijor and Dumaguete. It was my first time to visit Siquijor so I really made sure I am feeling fine to all adrenaline - pumped sights prepared for us. One of those is Cambugahay Falls that captivated me because the more we go up, the more we saw its beauty. Yesterday, I was checking my favorite DIY backpacking group in Facebook when I saw a DIY itinerary for Kaparkan Falls and Pinsal Falls in Abra. I have never been to Abra nor I have ever heard of these falls so I lo ...