LAOAG CITY. MAY 2, 2014. â€“ It’s the second and last day of our Ilocos family road trip. We just visited the bell tower ruins of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. OurÂ next stop in our very busy itinerary for the day: the sand dunes of La Paz in Laoag City.
We arrived in the sand dunes of Laoag City around 1:00PM. Not the ideal time to do any of the activities waiting for us in the sand dunes. We know that all too well but we really did not have much choice. That was the only available time for usÂ to visit the place.
Every day, the cultural dance troupe of Villa Escudero gives a world-class presentation to local and foreign visitors to this Filipino-culture-themed park near the boundary of Laguna and Quezon provinces.
My family visited Villa Escudero in May 2011. Villa Escudero impressed me a lot, so much so that I actually wrote and posted three articles about it in this blog. This one is the fourth.
I am very glad that my kids â€“ MarielleÂ (9) and Johan (7) and their cousin, Marian Rose (7), have been introduced to traditional Filipino folk songs and dances early on. And I am doubly glad that this introduction was by way of Villa Escudero, as it undoubtedly left only positive impressions on them.
Villa Escudero and its cultural presentation are definitely two must-sees by tourists and visitors. As a Filipino, they make me really proud.
In the photo with the the Villa Escudero cultural dance troupe members are my sister-in-law, Mary Ann (standing in the middle, wearing white shirt), my sister Orchid (seated, 2nd from left), Johan, my ever cool and beautifulÂ Nanay Paz, my niece Marian Rose, and Marielle.
WE CELEBRATED two birthdays at home in May — for my beloved Nanay (May 3) and for my niece, Mhaio (May 27), who is currently staying with us. Â We did the celebration for both on May 26.
There should have been one other birthday for us to celebrate in May. Â My father’s birth date is May 11, and we used to celebrate his birthday at home, too, together with my mother’s. He passed away in October last year, however.
We sorely missed Ama. Â Marielle would often sob in her sleep when she dreams of him. Johan would remember the activities they did together. But Ama is no longer with us and we have to move on with our lives without him.
There were only two cakes last May 26 when there were supposed to be three. Â Even our photos seemed incomplete and lacking in color. Â We all felt sadness deep inside, for in our hearts Ama left a gaping hole. Â But there were enough reasons to celebrate and be happy. So we celebrated with lots of food and even more laughter. Ama would not have wanted it any other way.
We recently learned that Manila Ocean Park has new attractions to offer. We went back there on New Year’s Eve to try some of them. Joining me, Marie, Marielle and Johan were Nanay Paz, my bro Gin with his wife Anne and daughter Vunjang, my sis Kiddo, my niece Mhiao, and the other single ladies in our house: Jane, Ness, Aileen, and Maricar.