Monday, August 27, 2018

Pagudpud’s tourism transformer passes away

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Retired Philippine Air Force Col. Ricardo Nolasco Jr., owner of Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte passed away on Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018. He was 67.

“He did not survive an open-heart surgery,” said Ronald Dominguez, spokesperson of the largest resort at Brgy. Balaoi in Pagudpud.

Known as the architect behind the transformation of Pagudpud town as a premiere destination of the north, Mr. Nolasco put up Hannah’s Beach Resort in what was originally meant as a family vacation resort.

The rest is history when it expanded into more than 300-room executive villas and cabanas, with on-going infrastructure developments and set up various amenities.

As a result, hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists visit here daily.

The resort is on a cliff by the beach, which provides a spectacular view of the sparkling blue lagoon.

“Yesterday will go down my lifeline as one of its darkest moments because I lost my big boss who later on became my brother, mentor, friend and idol but the thought that heaven gained an angel somehow consoles me,” said Mr. Dominguez in a social media post on July 12, 2018.

“Thank you for supporting me colonel and seeing me as the queen I could be, before I could even see it myself,” said Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Elisa Gray. The Filipino-Australian beauty queen became Miss Hannah’s in 2016.

Mr. Nolasco’s Josefa Llanas Nolasco and non-biological daughter Hannah, who he named the resort after, are his only living relatives.

The Pagudpud resort received accreditation thru an Environmental Award from the United Nations (UN) organization several times. The only beach resort in the Philippines which has accreditation from UN.

Also, Hannah's Resort received several recognitions: tagged as the Most Outstanding Individual Initiative on Environmental Management on June 2013, Gawad Amerika 2014-2017, London Organization of FIL-AM International as one of the best hotels in the Archipelago and Certified Member of the UNESCO Eco Tourism Spots in the world.

Hannah's beach resort is known for its clean environment with white fine sand and clear bodies of water--obviously loved by the travelers, visitors and adventure seekers coming from other parts of the country and of the world. (With a report from Bernard Ver)

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