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A VIBE OF ITS OWNMANILA NORTHTOLLWAYS CORPORATIONPathways to progressADVENTURE TRAILS UP NORTHExplore the mountains of IlocosExperience a culinary adventureFLAVORS OF THE NORTHA tempting day trip destinationBULACANIN A DAYIN FOCUSNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 1 8/31/10 9:49 AMCONTACTTel No: (02) 63Fax: (02) 631Email: info@northpWebsite: www.northNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 2 8/31/10 9:49 AM1NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 59 8/31/10 9:55 AMNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 60 8/31/10 9:55 AMTACT US:02) 637-67982) 631-1674orthphilippines.orgnorthphilippines.orgNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 3 8/31/10 9:49 AMCENTERSTAGEGCVB: Moving with Vibe and Vitality Towards ProgressTe Greater Clark Visitors Bureau shares its plans for a livelier and better tourism vibe in Clark.Clark Hotels and HideawaysTe top 3 places to stay in Clark for that relaxing vacationMNTC: Building Better Roads for Better LivesTe Manila North Tollways Corporation shares its expansion and infrastructure programs for the future1320ON T HE COV E RDIOSDADOMACAPAGALAIRPORTThe DMIA is located at Clark Freeport Zone and is home to several budget and full-service airlines that travel to Asian cities.PATHWAYSFLAVORSof the NorthFind out what dishes and cuisines make traveling to North Philippines a gastronomic feast.3224N O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 4NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 4 8/31/10 9:49 AMNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 5 8/31/10 9:49 AMEDITORIvan Anthony Henareswww.ivanhenares.comEDITORIAL & PRODUCTIONPICO Integrated Marketing AgencyPHOTO CONTRIBUTORSBong Bajo, Isabelo Santos, One Degree Mountaineering Group, MNTC, DMIA, Jan Joseph Sta. BarbaraCONTRIBUTING WRITERSGideon Lasco, Nina Fuentes, Sol RacelisBea Beluan, Mia EnriquezMARKETING DIRECTORMichelle BautistaMARKETING MANAGERMichelle Liza CoNPVB TEAMMel Dizon, Executive DirectorCharisse Anne Fernandez, CVB Liaison ManagerMichelle Liza Co, Marketing ManagerPublished quarterly by theNorth Philippines Visitors Bureau in partnership withPICO Integrated Marketing AgencyNORTH PHILIPPINES VISITORS BUREAU291 St. Joseph Street, Oranbo DrivePasig City, Metro Manila, PhilippinesTel: (632) 637-6798 Fax: (632) 631-1674Email: northbound@northphilippines.orgwww.northphilippines.orgPICO INTEGRATED MARKETING AGENCY3/F MDCC Building, 3328 Matanzas StreetPalanan, Makati City, PhilippinesTel: (632) 970-0318/ 994-0564 Telefax: (632) 832-2067Email: picomanila@gmail.comwww.picomanila.comOpinions expressed here are solely of the writers and not necessarily endorsed by NPVB or PICO. Reproduction of photos in full or in part is prohibited, unless permission is secured from the Editor and the publishers. Every efort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. However, NPVB and PICO cannot accept legal responsibilty for any error or omission.PATHWAYSBULACAN: Tourist TemptationSpend one day away from the Metros city vibe in this interesting province.Invitation to Ilocos:Introducing the Trails of the Far NorthPack your bags and get high with adventure trekking the mountains of Ilocos.CALENDARSeptember - NovemberCalendar of festivitiesin North PhilippinesNORTH NEWSNPVB Annual Membership Meeting NPVB Conducts Events Management Workshop For Region 34950387685259WELCOME NOTESTAFFLETTERSDIRECTORYNORTH LUZON MAP44N O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 6NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 6 8/31/10 9:49 AMN O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 7NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 7 8/31/10 9:49 AMN O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 8Hi North Bound Team,I am writing you from Cagayan de Oro to express how much I enjoyed my vacation in Ilocos Norte during the Independence Day holiday.My original plan was to stay in Manila for the weekend but while I was waiting for my fight in CDO Airport, I saw a picture of the Paoay Church on the Internet. I have been wanting to visit the North, but because of my work and other priorities, it always get stalled. Tis occasion could be the best opportunity to maximize the long weekend. Everything was just soperfect, I got the best airfare deal & instant connections to in-land transport service & hotel accommodation. Rest was never an option the moment I stepped on the soil of Ilocandia. I only had 2 nights & 1 full day in this trip so I carefully arranged my itinerary, eliminating only two things, negative vibes & worry on expense. St. Williams Cathedral & the Sinking Bell Tower was a nice kick-of. I had fun dinner at Te Stone House Caf and quick cafeine fx at La Preciosa, a must-stop for cofeeholics. I decided to walk back to the hotel to burn what I just feasted on earlier but ended up in Dap-ayan stufng myself with Empanada!At the break of light I was already in Cape Bojeador catching the frst shy rays of the Ilocos sun. I have been to so many parolas in the Philippines & none can come close to this. One of the best breakfasts in my life was in Kangkang Windmill Cafe. I thought the winding road ends somewhere near but I found myself snaking through the Patapat Viaduct. On my 4th straight weekend, Ive spent it at the beach, on the velvet sands of Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud. Te coastline view on my way backto Laoag made me sleepy. Arriving at Fort Ilocandia, my jaw dropped in the grandeur of the place & I was honestly wishing to meet, on its lavish corridors the Madam of all times. Further south, the Malacanang of the North was the only disappointment because I came on a Monday & it was closed. Ten I came to that picture that started it all, Paoay Church! It is perhaps my most photographed stop-over in my entire trip. Finally, only one more church in Ilocos Norte before I complete my trail of the Baroque Churches in the Philippines. My fnal stop was just so perfect, as we say in Filipino, ang huling hantungan, the mausoleum of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos in Batac.All throughout the trip I kept on praying Lord, please bless me with a good weather. Just when I left Robinsons Mall in San Nicolas, the rain started to pour. Prayers granted. Tis trip was really for me. I tucked myself for an early evening nap at Balay da Blas and had bagnet & sinarabasab at Saramsam for dinner. I ended the night with BDBs fnest brew while I was making a shout out on Facebook ikatek tabara ti bagim ken agpatpattulidtid ta dyay puraw a darat umayka para iti naragsak a bigat..Not only did I bring home wonderful memories of Ilocos Norte but also kilos& kilos of Longganisang Iloko & Bagnet! Browsing through North BoundMagazine, I am again charting my next travel - Vigan to see the old houses &the church of Nuestra Senora dela Asuncion, Sitio Remedios in Currimao & all others sights I failed to visit in Ilocos.Daghang Salamat. I will never forget this travel experience.Potpot PiniliCagayan de Oro CityN O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 8NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 8 8/31/10 9:49 AMNLEX Continues to Improve LivesWith the opening of the Eastern section of the NLEX Phase 2- NLEX to Mindanao Avenue:> You have an alternate route to Quezon City> EDSA-Balintawak will be decongested> Trinoma and SM North are just minutes away> Going further South is much easier via C5The NLEX - Mindanao Avenue CloverleafThe Biggest Cloverleaf in the PhilippinesNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 9 8/31/10 9:49 AMFind everything up north - from cultural heritage sites, to excellent cuisine; from fne sandy beaches to cool mountain weather its all there! Covering the four northern regions of the country - Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras and Central Luzon North Philippines has much more to ofer than people had previously imagined. It is fast becoming the preferred destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions because of its great facilities and close proximity to Metro Manila. Just a car ride away. And now, the North is even more accessible with the new North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the recently opened Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). Together, let us experience North Philippines. Rediscover the North!NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 10 8/31/10 9:49 AMNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 11 8/31/10 9:50 AMNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 12 8/31/10 9:51 AMWith only 45 minutes of land travel from Manila, and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport serving as a gateway to and from other countries in the Asia Pacifc region, Clark and its surrounding areas have become more accessible to both the local and international communities.In 2005, a non-stock, non-proft organization that came to be known as Greater Clark Visitors Bureau, Inc.(GCVB), was formed under the auspices of the North Philippines Visitors Bureau, and the leadership of Mrs. Carmen McTavish, a local businesswoman and community leader. GCVBs primary goal is to establish and promote Greater Clark Area as one of Asia-Pacifc regions premier international attraction and world-class destination for leisure and business visitors. GCVB also aims maximize tourism eforts that contribute to the social and economic development of the area.In order to realize their objectives, GCVB is currently working on a number of projects. One of which is a Visitors Guide THE DMIA PROVIDES ACCESSIBILITY TO CLARK AND TO MOST DESTINATIONS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PHILIPPINES, BOOSTING THE TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE PROVINCES.N O R T H B O U N D | I S S U E 6 14NORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 14 8/31/10 9:51 AMNORTHBOUND_No6_draft 1.11.indd 15 8/31/10 9:51 AMMap that will be provided to tourists through travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and other establishments. GCVB is also working on an inventory of places with historical value that may be ofered as tourist destinations. With the abundance of restaurants in the area, and with Pampanga being dubbed as the culinary capital of the country, GCVB is in the process of craftin