A trip to Ilocos won't be complete without bringing home some goodies from the north. Up for grabs are bottles of basi, onions, garlic, bagnet, longganisa, tobacco cigars, cornik, biscocho, towels and blankets made of abel and clay pots.
Of course, we hoarded groups of garlic and onion, several kilos of bagnet and longganisa, pile of towels and blankets made of abel and packs of balicotia (sweetener), biscocho and cornik.
Ilocano Honesty and Kindness
We never had an inkling that our companion OV lost his pouch which contained his wallet, cards and cellphone until we checked in for our flight back to Manila where he was asked for his ID. The couple OSV called all the places where we were billeted and explained to them their concern. We left Laoag not knowing whether they would be able to retrieve the pouch and its contents.
On the evening of April 9, a staff of Balay da Blas sent me an SMS asking if I knew OV because they already have his pouch. The next day, another staff of Balay da Blas confirmed the news. OSV lost no time in contacting Balay da Blas and soon enough, the pouch was shipped all the way to Kidapawan. We are grateful to the guests who turned over the pouch to the BdB staff and the latter, especially the owner Sammy, for turning over the item to the rightful owner.
And of course, we deeply appreciate the hospitality, generosity and kindness of our tour guide Steve for making us feel so at home in Ilocos and in his green van (where we spent most of our traveling time) and for showing us the lifestyle, the culture and history of the Y loco (I am loco) people.