Last October, Amie, Kat and I were invited to attend the 1st M.O.V.E. Symposium: Materials Development Towards Innovative and Emerging Applications. The three of us took the bus to go to Batac where we would be meeting up with the other participants. We left Cubao around 10:30pm and arrived at MMSU around 8am the following day. As soon as we arrived, Sir Chelo took us (along with the other participants) to have breakfast at the hostel before going on a quick tour of his laboratory.
This was where I did my clay beneficiation for my thesis way back in January 2011.
Kat and Essa (Sir Chelo’s research assistant)
Grubby girls from LB. We didn’t have time to shower, change or even brush our teeth when we arrived, eew~
Inside Sir Chelo’s laboratory
After the tour, we attended the launching of the Center of Innovative Materials for Emerging Applications
Dr. Pascua giving the opening remarks
After the program we had about an hour of free time, so we took that chance to go to our room at the guest house and freshen up. We showered, brushed our teeth and changed our clothes before going back to the hostel for lunch.
Messy room because we were in a rush
Our itinerary for the afternoon was a short tour of Ilocos since Sir Chelo had invited a few Japanese professors for the symposium and he wanted to show them around. We were given about 30 minutes to get ready after lunch, but since Amie, Kat and I were all set, we decided to just stay at the hostel and wait for the other participants there. To pass the time, I did Kat’s nails for her.
Ta-dah! We have matching nails now 🙂
First stop of our tour was the Paoay church, the oldest church in Ilocos:
Amie and I have actually seen the church before (Sir Chelo showed us some famous landmarks in Ilocos when we visited back in 2011 with Beulah), but it was Kat’s first time here
After this we went to see the Paoay sand dunes:
The place was BEAUTIFUL! Photos don’t do it justice at all!
Before getting back on the bus, we took some photos next to the MMSU seal:
Then we made our way over to the Malacanang of the North.
This was where President Ferdinand Marcos used to live, but it’s now being used as a museum
Despite being transformed into a museum, the inside of the house was actually pretty homey:
It also had a lovely view of the Paoay lake:
Amie took these photos from the first floor:
Say hello to the participants 🙂
We spent the afternoon just looking around and checking out the stuff they had on display
Looks like the Paoay church followed us to the museum
I think Kat wants to take the painting home with her
We found a portrait of Imelda Marcos which we tried to emulate:
The museum was the last stop of our tour and we headed back to the guest house after this. Amie, Kat and I didn’t get much sleep on the bus the night before so we were glad to have the chance to take a nap before having to go back to the hostel for dinner.
Our second day in Ilocos was reserved for travel to Pagudpud, where the symposium would be held. We stopped by many tourist spots along the way.
We dropped by the little souvenir shop which sold tapestries and locally made fabric:
We also bought some soft biscocho at the Pasuquin bakery. (I bought a lot last time as pasalubong for my parents, but it got mixed up with Amie’s stuff and I wasn’t able to give it to them. Luckily the ones I bought this time made it home, and my parents loved them.)
We also went to see the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse:
Stunning view from the top:
I found this written on the side of the light house at the top:
Yes, I was there. But I didn’t break my camera. (And no, I didn’t write this …)
After this we went to Kapurpurawan:
I wasn’t able to go down to see the rock formations though since we were in a hurry
I mainly just sat there and enjoyed the breeze while admiring the view
For lunch, we went to Bangui to see the famous windmills:
Looks at our hair, lol! It was super windy!
It was SO windy that sometimes the breeze would pick up some of the smaller pebbles and it would hit us. It felt like we were getting shot by bb guns!
There was a restaurant next to the windmills where we had our lunch.
Our last stop for the day was the resort where we would be staying at in Pagudpud – Villa Del Mar Ivory Resort:
It was beautiful there:
Amie, Kat and I stayed in the Sagat room
With the lovely and kind Ma’am Cherry 🙂
We had the afternoon off so we took that chance to prepare for our talks the next day. The symposium started at 9am the following morning but our presentations weren’t until after lunch. Here are some pictures of the three of us presenting our research:
We were so happy to have our talks over and done with, so after the symposium, we rushed to our rooms to change and enjoy the beach:
We caught a tiny crab on the shore
Sunset at the beach is always so magical
Kat, Amie and Becca (another one of Sir Chelo’s research assistant). You can see Essa and Alex rushing to join the shot behind them.
We swam and played around until the sun went down 🙂
The next day we headed back to Batac after breakfast. Our bus back to Cubao wouldn’t be leaving until 10pm that night so Amie, Kat and I spent the rest of the day doing a bit of sight seeing on our own. We dropped by a couple of souvenir shops to buy more pasalubong to bring back home.
For lunch we stopped by the famous little outdoor carinderia there and ate some of their delicious miki.
Yummm~ And so incredibly cheap too!
Since we still had about 6 hours left to kill after this, Kat and I managed to convince Amie to take the bus to San Nicolas so we can hang out at the Robinsons Mall there. (Amie doesn’t like malls, but Kat and I love them XD). We were happy to discover that they were having a 70% off sale that day. We spent the rest of our afternoon shopping and munching on the snacks they had there. At around 6pm we headed back to Batac and got ready for our trip back home 🙂