Basta Pinas, Naimas!

Lyra Santos loves her province so much, she hails from not one, but two of its cities.

By Lyra Santos
June 01, 2011

Lyra's family hails from Batac, but she considers herself a native of Laoag as well. An advocate of everything Ilocano, Lyra loves to read, listen to music, and explore the different culinary treats that her province has to offer.

Bangui Windmills
Photo source: (John Ryan Cordova)

Ilocos Norte is famous for its tourist spots, ties to Philippine politics, and interesting cuisine. The birthplace of former President Ferdinand Marcos, Ilocos Norte is also home to beautiful beaches, the most famous of which can be found in the resort town of Pagudpud; churches that date back to the Spanish era; and to mouth-watering specialties that range from the immensely popular bagnet (deep fried pork) to the exotic abuos (fruit tree ants eggs which are often sautéed in garlic and onions), which locals consider their version of caviar.

Filipinos are known for their warmth, charm and hospitality. The Philippines is a country filled with kind and loving people, which is what keeps visitors coming back, and sometimes, never leaving. To Lyra, the Filipino's innate kindness is part of what makes the country beautiful. That's why for her, Basta Pinas, Naimas!


By day, Lyra Santos is a freelance web marketing consultant. At night, she transforms into a foodie who likes Star Wars, Jane Austen, and heavy metal music.