Before Hampas ng La Paz (Part 11)

A spur of the moment idea needs preparation too. The first local skimboarding competition and the first pottery workshop in San Narciso, Zambales, were born in July 2013. I had less than one month to prepare for the pottery workshop, sourcing of clay, making trophies, gathering people, etc.

Without the help of the locals and the staff of Villa Kiana Inn, Hampas ng La Paz will not become a reality.

IMG_8025The preparation started by bringing in old, wooden, furniture from Villa Kiana Inn to the beachfront. With the yellow paint, starting to fade, I’ve asked permission from my uncle, if we could paint the walls with a different color. Thanks to my dearest cousin, Gail, for supporting the wall paint project.

before hampas1A couple of indo-boards were created. Balancing on the board on dry land helps a lot plus it’s a good way of exercising the lower part of the body too!

IMG_8319Gela helps us design the black painted indo-board.


IMG_8381Making the trophies with terracotta was a good high for me.

IMG_8231Making the trophies right in front of the crashing waves cleared my mind from unnecessary thoughts. This is my therapy.

IMG_8241Thanks to Mang Boyet, for creating these light casings, made from chicken wire.

IMG_8275Hands were busy preparing for Hampas ng La Paz. Busy hands in forming pieces out of clay, busy hands in shaping and painting boards, busy hands while carrying heavy things, busy hands in lighting up a fire, busy hands in shaking other people’s hands, busy hands in tapping the competitors’ backs, busy hands while eating, busy hands that are held tight while believing for a good weather, etc.

We were all busy before, during, and after the event. But at the end of the day, everyone felt special. We were all tired after the event. But we were all proud of all the hard work we did for one another and for Barangay La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales. A humble town with a lot of talented people who are waiting to be discovered.

You have been a part of the first Hampas ng La Paz, and you will be a part of the second, the third, and so on. Your contribution in forms of skill, passion, knowledge, and willingness to help, will all be needed for the next event in 2014. An event for the next pottery making and the second skimboarding competition. This is for the locals of Barangay La Paz, where we have all enjoyed our days growing up during the summer time or all throughout the year. Whether you are a local in the town, from Manila, or anywhere in the world, your suggestions are very much welcome in planning for the next event. You may send our suggestions to

Thank You!

Hampas ng La Paz: “After-Party!” (Part 10)

Villa Kiana Inn was transformed into a bar and a mini-concert open area in the evening of July 27th, 2013. After all the hard work that everyone has put for Hampas ng La Paz, the least I could do, is to organize an after-party for the locals. 1073776_10201869078953306_613498516_oThe awarding ceremony was held after dinner. Congratulations to all the winners in Class A, Class B, and Groms!










1074224_10201869058632798_554779077_oThanks to Herb Culture from Olongapo City, for playing Reggae music for us. Keep playing your originally composed songs!

Thanks for staying, Manoy and Ian!


1075474_10201869026712000_389295627_oI will forever be grateful for all these people and the others who are not in this photo. Your presence in this event is very much appreciated. I hope to see you all again in Hampas ng La Paz 2014!

Mabuhay ka La Paz!

(All photos by Victor Guerrero)