"It actually gave me a warm welcome, yes, I did feel that! The signage seemed like smiling before me. I find it as a living entity that expresses a smile."

The blue sky has two narrow strips of clouds while another thick sea of clouds covered the peaks of mountains that make up the range. The view was simply astonishing. The mountains were truly green and it made me happy somehow because I advocate for the preservation of our natural resources, indeed our mountains are our natural resources. Focusing my eyes to a closer scale, I saw 5 huge white letters L-A-O-A-G. It caught my attention.

Laoag
It made my presence in Laoag City to be emphasized because of that 5 big letters that form one proper noun. The first thing that came into my mind is Hollywood. 

I never visited Hollywood but I am aware that there is also a H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in Hollywood.

Nah, yeah. This is a simple thought, a simple post -- highlighting the simple things I see on the road. 

It was worth the effort of making it because as you traverse the Gilbert Bridge while entering Laoag, this ala Hollywood signage is very distinct before your eyes.

It actually gave me a warm welcome, yes, I did feel that! The signage seemed like smiling before me. I find it as a living entity that expresses a smile. 

It's white color was catchy before my eyes' photoreceptor and it looked so cheerful (OA). ^.^

In front of these huge letters is the Laoag River that separates Laoag from the booming town of San Nicolas, also in Ilocos Norte.

If you are commuting on a bus, the view is only valid for 2 minutes and if your bus is slower, 3 minutes may do. The reason for this is that you can no longer see this signage if you have already traversed the Gilbert Bridge so you have to keep your eyes outside the bus to see this (if you care). For me, I care about things like this. 

I am not actually totally focused to the main stream attractions of places but I try to observe, meticulously explore and discover something new in a new place that others may have not seen or known yet in an impulsive way. 

This is just one of the things that other people may consider corny or simple but have big meaning and attention to me :-)
SPEAK YOUR HEART OUT. C'MON! DON'T BE SHY. I PROMISE TO REPLY EXCEPT FOR TROLLS.

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EDMAR GUQUIB

Born and Raised in Vigan, Philippines. Hardcore Ilocano. Genuine Bigueño. Sucker of Long Land Trips. Loves the Highlands. Professional Nurse on Weekdays. Coffee Addict. Travel Blogger in Between. For sponsorship, advertising, event invites and collaborations email me at edmaration@gmail.com.

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23 comments:

  1. ^^ Hollywood-ized and Marcos country. hehe..

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  2. I didn't know na may ganito sa Laoag. Haha

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  3. i want to visit Laoag again kaso ang layo lang talaga nya. Love the place!!

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  4. yeah ,it looks like you are in Hollywood .Nice landmark and a good place for photo shoot with the signage and the mountain view.

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  5. I want to visit Laoag. It has now a growing list of attraction including the Hollywood Style signage.

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  6. WOW! It's amazing and kinda funny when you look at it. I never thought that some places here in Philippines has something like this.

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  7. i feel you kuya! i like seeing those huge blocks of letters of a place especially if it's my first time going there. kahit nga lang yung mga nasa daan lang na "welcome to ________" , nasisiyahan na ako. haha. :)

    continue traveling! :)

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  8. I've never been to Laoag but I would like to visit the place in the near future.

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  9. Wow Laoag, I just saw a glimpse of the place when the PBA All-Stars held there :D

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  10. I've never been to Laoag. Looks so cool!Hope to visit the place one day!

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  11. wow nice view :D
    parang hollywood lng xD

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  12. parang maganda pumunta sa laog ah.. kelangan ng part 2 nitong blog mo para sa magagandang lugar ng laog.

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  13. Ralph. I have 3 posts na in Laoag, just hover your mouse to my menu bar above the post, choose "Choose a Destination" >> Philippines >> Ilocos Norte >> Laoag City. That's it! More Laoag posts will come soon. :)

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  14. I've never been to Laoag but I heard and read a lot of good news about the place.

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  15. Coron has tht similar hollywood like sign too :)

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  16. this "style" is becoming a craze among lgus. crazy! i just dont like the idea. laoag is laoag even without that sign. haiz

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  17. haven't seen this when I went there 2 years ago..

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  18. I don't really this idea of a signage..
    The huge arc is better because is what's common in our country.
    But I feel yah!
    Entering a location, you have to feel that you are welcome.

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  19. ganda talaga ng pinas.. miss our mountains!

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  20. I never knew that had that too. I suppose those were newly installed right?

    I need to go upnorth pretty soon and stay there for a month probably not just to take pictures but to truly enjoy what the north can provide. ^_^

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  21. Why do they have to copy the Hollywood sign? Kainis!

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