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Province of Ilocos Sur

Health, Tourism, and Travel

Toy Factory Christmas Display Lights up in Ilocos Sur

Vigan City- In one, two, three… the grounds of the Provincial Capitol twinkles with colourful lights as the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson launches the lighting of the giant Christmas decoration inspired by “toy factory” alight in front of the Capitol. Toy Factory is this year’s Christmas theme to give importance and happiness to the Ilocano children. The scheme was adorned with big candies, different kinds of toys and lots of gifts. Life sized Santa Claus and Belen were place on the sides of the structure. Right after the ceremonial lighting, children rise on the stage to play the toys and touch the giant candies and gifts. “Of all these we should not forget that love for the family is the true essence of Christmas and our children always put smiles into it”, Gov. Ryan conveyed. Before the ceremonial lighting, four choral groups from Nueva Segovia, Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative (ISECO), University of Northern Philippines (UNP) and PGIS choral serenade the attendees with melodious Christmas songs. The activity was also graced by Senator JV Ejercito who was in the province for the celebration of the 3rd Ilocos Sur invitational rides. “I was honored to be here to witness the lighting of your Christmas decoration. It was very attractive and I was relaxed and all my tiredness fades through the songs rendered by the singers.” Sen. Ejercito added. PGIS crafts different stunning Christmas decoration each year to make the façade of the Provincial Capitol more interesting, colourful and attractive to the residents and tourists. Every craft has its own story to tell but all of these give essence in the celebration of Christmas. People flocked to witness the lighting ceremony. This now serves as another tourist attraction in the province especially at night. Many residents are now taking their “selfies” with the stunning structure. Meanwhile, Christmas songs are now being played in the famous Ilocos Sur dancing fountain.

Horror House in Ilocos Sur Draws Halloween Merrymakers

Vigan City- The Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) here at Leona Florentino house in Calle Crisologo becomes an instant attraction as tourists and residents flocked to experience the Horror House since it was opened on October 25, 2016. In celebration of the Halloween, the Provincial Government headed by Governor Ryan Singson came up with a concept and designed the second floor of the PTO as house of horror. Inside are different creepy monsters, ghost characters such as white lady, zombies, vampires, witches, and nun ghost called Valack. You can also see other fearful creations in every corner of the dark rooms. “Since it was opened, countless curious people came to see what’s inside the house. This is in a way to promote tourism in our province.” Provincial Tourism Officer Ryan Astom said. He added that there are different set of ghost characters every day which makes the horror experience exciting. This thrilling experience suits those who are adventurous and those who are seeking for an exhilarating Halloween vacation. Most of the audiences falling in line in front of the horror house every afternoon are teens and students.

Black light run Ilocos Sur Edition filled with Surprises

Thousands of Ilocanos flocked at the grounds of Vigan City airport to light up the night during the black light run- Ilocos Sur edition on October 31, 2016. Three thousand four hundred (3, 400) registered runners joined the fun run which was initiated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur headed by Gov. Ryan Singson through the Color Manila Run Company. The night shines as the runners filled with neon colors that illuminate in blacklight. They are sprinkled with water to let the colors stick to their bodies. The run has no time limits to let the participants enjoy the track as different colors throws into their bodies and glows in the dark streets. “I and my colleagues enjoyed the night. This is very unforgettable and unique experience. It’s so overwhelming. We thank our Governor Ryan for bringing this event in our province. Ibig lang sabihin nito na hindi pahuhuli ang ating probinsya sa ibang mga probinsya”. Lowel Hernadez, expressed. After the run, the participants continued the fun where everyone throws powder into the air while dancing in to the beat of the DJ’s. In the party a surprise dance contest was held. The contest was participated by five groups and the winning group received 10 thousand pesos from the Governor. “Thank you Color Manila for lighting and coloring our night. You made thousands of Ilocanos happy. To all the participants my sincere thanks because our event turned successful through your cooperation. We will be again conducting this event next year”. Gov. Ryan added.
Meanwhile, the night becomes more colorful and sweet when a man proposed to his partner on the stage. The noise of the crowd turns solemn to give opportunity to the man to speak the greatness of his love to his partner. He hugs her partners as he received the sweetest “yes” in his entire life. The event was considered as the biggest regional fun run conducted by Color Manila.

Ilocos Sur highlights Street food Festival in Tourism month celebration

Vigan city- Food enthusiasts taste different famous variety of street foods as Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur highlights street food festival during the celebration of Tourism Month. Street food has been a favourite of almost Filipino, this leads the Provincial Tourism office in featuring street foods in the celebration of tourism month in the province. The tasty, easily available and comforting street food was all set along the Encarnacion Street at the Heritage City. Isaw (chicken or pig’s intestine), Betamax (steamed blood), kwek-kwek (quail egg), biko-biko (rice cake), and adidas (chicken feet) are some of the famous street foods serve by the exhibitors. The food was safe and hygienically prepared to ensure everyone’s health. “We serve street foods but we observe proper handling and we make sure that our exhibitor has their health permits.” Mr. Ryan Astom added. The festival makes more enjoyable through the audience participation in kwek-kwek and one day old chicken eating contest. Performers from Manila also entertain the audience by rendering lively music. “Street food serves as a comfort food for almost Filipino and most of us, if we go to a certain place always first thing that comes in our mind is to look for the place where we can eat delicious street foods, these leads us for conceptualizing Street food festival”. Gov. Ryan express. The Provincial Tourism Office also conducts extemporaneous tour guiding and bicentennial logo making contest. 1st place Jayson Frado received seven thousand pesos, 2nd place Edwin Sarona received five thousand pesos, and 3rd place John Paul Ragandap received three thousand pesos in tour guiding contest. 1st place Jayson Manuel received twenty thousand, 2nd place Canfon Mark Cadaydayen received fifteen thousand and 3rd place Aubrey Terry received ten thousand pesos in Bicentennial logo making contest. Meanwhile, Ilocos Sur will celebrate its 200 years of independence since the big Ylocos Province on the Spanish period was separated as a province from Ilocos Norte in the year 1818.

Mexican Band performs at the Ilocos Sur’s Tourist Spots

Ilocos Sur- the Mexican Band known as “Mariachi” performs and explores at the historic tourist destinations of the province of Ilocos Sur as part of their celebration of Mexican Independence. The group was brought by Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor to help promote different tourist spots here and strengthen the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and Philippines through the different potentials of Ilocos Sur. The band sang and performed classic Mexican music with their guitars, violin, tambourine and accordion at the well-preserved century-old Bantay bell tower and Nuestra Señora de La Caridad Church found at Bantay - a town nearby the Heritage City of Vigan, in the famous Baluarte Zoo, in the prominent Heritage Village and in the different Museums. They also tasted the delicious Ilocano foods and delicacies. “We choose Ilocos Sur because we have the same culture and traditions which traces back during Spanish colonial times. We want to incorporate these similarities we have to promote our tourism industry.” Villaseñor added. Provincial Governor Ryan Luis Singson also takes the opportunity to invite Mexican investors to establish business in partnership with the Ilocanos for the development of economic industry in the province. “Our main goal is to boost our tourism industry and at the same time we wanted to uplift our economic industry. Investors will come and invest in our province to create employment that could lead to economic growth”, Gov. Ryan expressed. Meanwhile, Gov. Singson and Ambassador Villaseñor plans to have a Tequila Festival in the province. This festival is famous in Mexico.

Gov Ryan Signed Learning Health Agreement With DOH

San Fernando, La Union – Governor Ryan Singson signed an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) and Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) together with La Union governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega and Pangasinan governor Amado Espino for the implementation of responsive local health system. The three chief executives formally commit to become bridging leaders who will reduce health inequities in their respective provinces. This program aims to strengthen the implementation of health programs especially in areas of uplifting the welfare of the twenty million poor families in the region, increase in enrolment in Phil health, improved health care for women and children and the sustainability of health governance. Governor Ryan Singson said that health is one of his priority projects. His administration allotted funds for the improvement of health facilities and services of Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang and the district hospitals in the province. With his commitment with DOH and ZFF, it is expected that the health inequities in the province will be met that would redound to the benefit of the poor families. “We are very willing to work hand in hand with our stakeholders and this is a good opportunity because we have partners in the provision of the health needs and benefits of our constituents”, Gov. Singson added. The health learning agreement was inked at the DOH regional office in San Fernando La Union with Assistant Secretary Myrna Cabotaje and ZFF President Ernesto Garilao in attendance.

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