Joining the Paoayeños in their boodle fight made me feel that I was part of the big family. I washed my hands and joined the crowd of hungry people. I grabbed some "tinuno nga tilapia" and opened its belly with my hands like a surgeon.

[Paoay, Ilocos Norte Province, Ilocos Region, Luzon Island, Luzon Group, Philippines]
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PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL
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PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL
PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL

The time has come that the community spirit had to manifest. A long table was set up beside the magnificent church of Paoay loaded with food and flavors that Ilocanos love to eat.

It was high noon and a ceremony was pre-planned to recognize the dignitaries. That time, some officials form Maguindanao were present to witness the rich culture of Paoay and I had the chance to meet and greet them.

Back to the long table, the fantasy I was wishing to happen that time happened. Yup. I wished for a big meal but I was given a boodle fight with a heart. It was with a heart in the sense that it was prepared to celebrate the richness of the culture of Paoay. Actually, this big meal marked the start of Guling-guling Festival 2017.

PAOAY GULINNG-GULING FESTIVAL 2017
[PAOAY] ► 'TINUNO NGA IKAN' FOR LUNCH!.
With a tummy ready to handle a big volume of food (ulkkk!), I joined the table exclusive for guests, visitors and dignitaries—us, bloggers, included. At the other tables were the locals and some more visitors and officials.

Many of the food served were the food I grew up eating with—pinakbet, saluyot (my favorite), tinuno nga ikan with KBL. It was so Ilocano!

PAOAY GULINNG-GULING FESTIVAL 2017
[PAOAY] ► KBL: THE ILOCANO HALLMARK SAUCE (BAGOONG SAUCE WITH TOMATOES AND ONION).
Joining the Paoayeños in their boodle fight made me feel that I was part of the big family. I washed my hands and joined the crowd of hungry people. I grabbed some "tinuno nga tilapia" and opened its belly with my hands like a surgeon. Heavenly, just in time for the peak of my hunger.

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Appearance of the boodle fight table after less than an hour.

PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL
The youth of Paoay were also with us.

PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL
Eating in bare hands is fun in Paoay!

PAOAY GULING-GULING FESTIVAL

After this great lunch, I regained an amount of energy enough to fuel me for the next activities here in Paoay. There were dancing under the sun. The streets were filled with colors and cool lures. I was seeing Paoay differently—more than the Paoay church. This town is indeed enriching. | to be continued.. |

This is the Episode 03 of Blogserye 04.

✈ BLOGSERYE 04: THE AMAZING REVELATIONS OF PAOAY AND BEYOND

Blogserye 04 is a series of narratives and stories about the fascinating things and information I learned + activities I experienced in Paoay and beyond in February 2017.

Chapter 01Chapter 02
Chapter 01: The Fit Sunday Before Fat Tuesday

This chapter is a series of narratives and stories about the things I learned and activities I experienced on my first day in this Paoay trip.

✈ EPISODE 01: ▼ The Arrival: First Two Hours Of Mystery And Drama

✈ EPISODE 02: ▼ The High Noon Walk and the First Set of Revelations

✈ EPISODE 03: ► Boodle Fight Experience with the People of Paoay

✈ EPISODE 04: Up Next

◄ BLOGSERYE 03 BLOGSERYE 04 BLOGSERYE 05 ►

Map Showing the Location of #Paoay

MAP OF PAOAY, ILOCOS NORTE
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] The above story is Part 3 of a blogserye (blog series). Come back soon for the Part 4.

[2] I would like to thank Mr Bernard Joseph Guerrero of the Paoay tourism office for hosting us in Paoay as well as to the Paoay LGU for welcoming us in your beautiful town!

[3] This post was filed under the category "Experiences." See more posts related to this below.


[4] The maps I used on this post are from maps.google.com.ph.

[5] All photos are mine.

[6] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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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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