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    You can have a manicure and pedicure at the beach!

    by joiwatani Updated Oct 10, 2010
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    We had a picnic at Sabangan beach and rented a stall to put our stuffs (beach bags, food, flip-flops, etc. The stalls are pretty comfortable and they have bamboo chairs on them where you can lie down and relax.

    I heard that there are manicurists around the area so I ask some residents to call me one and she (he is gay) came with her manicure bag and right there and then she gave me a manicure and a pedicure. The best part was it only cost me P100.00 ($2.00)!!!

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    Rice plants

    by joiwatani Written Sep 18, 2010
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    Santiago is basically an agricultural land. Most of the people of Santiago are farmers. The residents plant rice during the rainy season (June-November) and plant tobacco during the dry season (December-May).

    Most of the farmers raise the rice plants only for their household consumption. It is very rare that farmers have over production of rice. They are subsistence farmers.

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    Eating Pancit

    by joiwatani Updated Sep 18, 2010
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    Pancit is one of the most popular Filipino food. It is basically rice noodles cooked and sauteed in different kinds of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, bell pepper, celery, onions and garlic with shredded chicken meat and pork) and seasoned with salt, soy sauce, pepper and fish sauce. It is garnished with green onions and calamansi.

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    The lechon

    by joiwatani Updated Sep 18, 2010
    Lechon

    Lechon is a roasted pork (a whole pig) over low fire. It is a very popular dish in the Philippines.

    A whole pig, about 40-80 lb,s is usually roasted and pinned on a rod or a bamboo and roasted over low fire until the skin becomes brown and crunchy. The cavity of the pig is stuffed with some herbs and spices. It is served on weddings, birthdays, and other parties.

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    Eating "Karrot"

    by joiwatani Written Sep 18, 2010
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    Karrot is a staple in some of the small villages (actually called "barangays", the smallest political unit) in Santiago especially those located close to the mountains. When I was growing up, a group of villagers climb the mountain to go and gather this tuber. They then clean it up in the stream and bring tuber back home in their baskets wrapped in banana leaves.

    The tuber when cleaned is white in color but when cooked, the color changes into yellow color. It is cooked in a little bit of oil and salt is added on it.

    It is basically a substitute for rice during the rainy days (May-August- take note, not the whole season, this tuber is available).

    Sometimes when there are many tubers, some of the farmers go around carrying baskets to sell them. It is very rare to see this tuber sold in stores or in wet market because it only comes in season!

    When you have the opportunity, try this tuber!

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    Swimming, Snorkelling, Beach-walking

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    Santiago has one of the finest beaches in Ilocos region. The sand is white and soft while the water is warm. There are many beaches found in Santiago but the best is found in Sabangan, about three miles away from the town proper of Santiago. The lagoon is mint green with the backdrop of the mountain on the side surrounded by coconut trees. Sabangan beach is good for swimming while the rest of the beaches found in Santiago are best for snorkelling.

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    Assist the fishermen in pulling their catch!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    It takes a village to pull a fish net!
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    Sometimes, early in the morning, you see a group of residents assisting in the pulling of the fish net that were drawn by the fishermen the night before. The pulling of the fishnet is hard but it takes a village to pull! It takes a long time to catch fish the old ways!

    This is seasonal but some fishermen in Sabangan beach catches "bangus" (white-silvery fish) fry on the shore and they put these fish fry on pails and basins. They in turn sell this to a local middle man. The bangus fry is exported to Taiwan for fish farms! You might see these fishermen counting their catch of the day on the shores.b The fish fry are so tiny that it is hard to see them let alone catch them!

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    Drive a tricycle around the cove!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    My niece Ciara on the tricycle driver's seat!
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    It is fun to drive a tricycle around the beaches. Tricycle is a mode of transportation in most of the towns and cities in the Philippines. A carriage is attached to the motorcyle and it can accommodate at least three passengers inside the carriage and another passenger at the backseat of the tricycle driver. The carriage has a roof on it and the seats are padded for comfort...The tricycles are registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles so most of the drivers are licensed to do this for business. Most drivers own and operate their tricycles and it is a source of income of some families in the villages, towns and cities. When I was 12 years old, my brother Nestor taught me how to maneuver a tricycle. Since that was eons ago, there was no traffic then. Now, you can still drive a tricycle but you have to be careful.Plus you need a driver's license!

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    Let your children play on the soft sand!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    My niece Ciarra playing on the sand in Sabangan
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    The sand of Sabangan beach is really very soft. When I was young, my cousins and I would come to Sabangan and bury ourselves in the sand. We lay down on the sand at night and watch the bright stars at night. We also make sand castles or get a stick and write our names on the wet sand!

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    Feel the breeze along the board walk in Sabangan!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    The long stretches of the covered boardwalk

    Walking along the boardwalk in Sabangan beach is really nice- feel the seabreeze against your cheeks and have your hair blown by the winds!!! You feel the day-to-day lives of the fishermen in Sabangan. Across the boardwalk is the fishing village.

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    Go rafting!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    The raft is made by the local fishermen in Sabangan. This is made of chosen dried tall bamboos and scraped of the skin to make it lighter and connected together by ropes. You can rent this bamboo raft from local fishermen for a little amount of money. The rent of the bamboo raft is negotiable. You can maneuver the raft by tall bamboos and/or paddles.

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    Eat fresh coconut! And, drink the juice!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    The coconuts in Sabangan

    Try drinking coconut juice and eat the fresh coconut meat. The juice is very sweet and refreshing, the meat is delicious! The stores close to the boardwalk of Sabangan Beach usually sells fresh coconuts! They even cut the coconut in front of you. Just choose which one you like and they cut the end of the coconut and insert some straws and voila, you have your own refreshing drink! After drinking the juice, the seller cuts the coconut in half and scrape off the meat for you to eat!

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    Karaoke singing on the beach

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    The boarwalk behind my sister, Ciarra and Ken

    There is a board walk now in Sabangan. Close to the boar walk are little tiny stores, called sari-sari stores. They sell refreshments like soda, cookies, candies and some basic necessities like cooking oil, sugar, coffee and spices. They also sel. beer and alcohol. At night, the store owners operate a karaoke. Some visitors go to the stores at night and sing along with the karaoke. It didn't matter whether one is a good singer or not. People just go there and have fun!

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    Watch the sunset in Ambucao and Sabangan

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    Sunset at Sabangan Cove
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    The sunset is in Sabangan beach is beautiful. The sun is so round. The horizon lights up in orange.

    Sometimes, I chase the sunset. I start at Sabangan beach, take a picture and drive all the way to the top of Ambucao mountain! It's such a beautiful and magnificent view!

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    Just go swimming. You will enjoy it!

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 20, 2008

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    Santiago has one of the finest beaches in Ilocos region. The sand is white and soft while the water is warm. There are many beaches found in Santiago but the best is found in Sabangan, about three miles away from the town proper of Santiago. The lagoon is mint green with the backdrop of the mountain on the side surrounded by coconut trees. Sabangan beach is good for swimming while the rest of the beaches found in Santiago are best for snorkelling.

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