My 2009 Ilocos Norte Calendar Project

January 3, 2009 at 11:51 am | Posted in Others | Leave a comment
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First things first:  Happy New Year, everybody!


Now on to today’s journal entry.  We usually begin the year with replacing our calendars, right?

Enter my 2009 Ilocos Norte Calendar Project.  With the help of my niece, Triscia, and her friend Ivan, the photo entries of 2007’s Zoom IN Contest, and my high school friend Michael Pesengco, we came out with a calendar.

The project was actually conceptualized many, many years ago when my dad came out with calendars with his face as the main picture (like all politicians with calendar giveaways).  I thought to myself, “What if people didn’t want to look at your face every day.”  “What if they just wanted to see scenery instead of your picture.”

If a politician wants to be “remembered” with his giveaway, why doesn’t he just put his name at a corner of the calendar and put some worthy pictures instead.

It was only when I was armed with pictures from the Zoom IN contest, aided with the artistic help of Triscia and Ivan and sponsored by Michael that this personal dream came true.

Thanks, guys!  I owe you big time!

And here is the final product:


It reads, “Intayon, Ilocos Norte,” which translates to, “Let’s go, Ilocos Norte.”  It means several things.  It can be a battle cry for Ilocanos to be better.  It can be a slogan to entice tourists to come.  So on and so on.

The calendar features 14 tourist spots of the province, namely:
1.  The La Paz Sand Dunes (alternatively, people can visit the Paoay Sand Dunes, which they say is much, much better);
2. Malacan ti Amianan, or Malacanan of the North, and Paoay Lake;
3. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos;
4. Saud Beach in Pagudpud;
5. The Sinking Belltower in Laoag City;
6. Currimao;
7. Pasaleng Bay in Pagudpud;
8. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos;
9. Northwind Windmills in Bangui;
10. The Tobacco Monopoly Monument in Laoag City;
11. Maira-ira Cove in Pagudpud;
12. Museo Ilocos in Laoag City;
13. Paoay Church; and,
14. The Marcos Museum in Sarrat.

Although this is my project, I didn’t place a picture of me.  Not even a shadow.  No big KRIS ABLAN name either.  Just a small logo in the upper right corner.  My name is spelled so tiny I don’t even think you can read it.  Kasi nga my theme was local tourism.

When I showed it to some people here in Laoag, they asked me where my picture was.  I told them, “wala.”  “Bakit wala?,” tanong nila.  “Eh, wala eh.”

I don’t think naintindihan nila yung concept ko.
 
Anyway, beginning today I’ve been distributing these calendars around the area.  I hope people appreciate it and I provoke them into being “tourists” in their own province.  I am sure a lot of Ilocanos haven’t gone to Kapurpurawan Rock or to the Paoay Sand Dunes.  I hope, even in a small way, this tourist calendar would spur a little more interest in my beautiful province of Ilocos Norte.

Here are some other drafts that did not make it to print:
a.

I liked this draft kaya lang sabi ni Ria medyo top heavy yung itsura.  Parang mahuhulog yung poster.

b.

Eto naman, masyadong malaki yung 2009.

c. 

This one also looked nice pero isa lang yung photo.  Yung sa Currimao lang.  And it looks like a Marimar poster.

d.
Eto gawa ni Ria.  Ito talaga ang original concept/design ko pero hindi kasi ganun ka-pulido yung pag-lay-out.
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