012913 - The Urban Tracker (In La Union) : A Tan To Go Around Carlatan

The facade of Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion with its signature protruding sharp roof
ithout shades, caps or a shroud to shield from the searing heat – It's my decision to have a tan as I moved around Carlatan confines this afternoon. And it started right here in the highway of Carlatan  in front of  Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion gawking on its triangular-spiked roof.

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A backyard fishpond is a common fixture in Carlatan neighborhood
The alley at the back of the church led me to my first stop. The dogs were howling that kept me still and marveling over a sight of a fishpond. "That is ours and it's man made,"  a voice of Ate Edith came by and pacified the dogs. The fishpond is 50ish Ate Edith's family business who invited me for a sit-down small talk in her nice veranda. She talked bubbly on her pending travel plans.

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Atsara, an all time favorite Pinoy appetizer
My 2nd stop in the compound of Aling Salome, she showed me a newly-made homemade atsara and showed me how to prepare it right on my very eye . It's a nice appetizer intended as a partner for their business namely - Embok Lechon Manok - located on main highway. With the rest of the family, they all pitched in for the venture with other competitors on main highway. Atsara with its neutralizing taste gave them an edge as an appetizng idea. I bought 2 bottles for a take home at 50 each before parting ways.

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A Coca cola plant set up a towering giant size canisters to banner the soda supremacy.
On the main highway, the CocaCola plant proudly banners the monumental cans of Coke and Sprite. Big players like them  have made Carlatan home including big schools and terminals of big provincial buses.

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A mid afternoon dip and frolick by native kids on Carlatan beach shores - open to public.
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The beachfront  of Carlatan as viewed from the shaded part.
From the back of Coca Cola Plant, I followed the path enroute to seaside to this little seaside village named Purok 7. Charging the shoreline, I encountered the kids about to start their play and hunt for some sea life. The sands conducted heat seeping through my feet amid the promising beachfront.

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A laidback village sits on the edge of the beach area. An old man taking the afternoon relax.
With a laidback lifestyle, there's no denying that the local villagers here are accommodating especially to a stranger like me whom they thought has some good news. The other day they welcomed a group of nurse conducting a medical and feeding session to locals. Some household here don't have electricity yet and even more, most of them have to fetch water in a walking distance poso to get  a day water supply. They also have to endure crossing a fishpond to get them to the main highway.

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Lorma Medical Center, Carlatan's proud to have an innovativehospital along the highway district.
And somebody showed me the way out to the highway through an alley facing Lorma Medical Center. The town hospital also has a school and I heard it has the most advanced medical facility  treatment.in the province.With that, my skin assumed a tan though it has its natural way to whiten. What’s more important was the endearing time with Carlatan dwellers with a takehome of sweet thoughts of their accomodating warmth and smiles.
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