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Province of Ilocos Sur

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Health, Tourism, and Travel

Provincial Tourism Office prepares for World Tourism Week

Vigan City – The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur through the Provincial Tourism Office is now on its preparation for the World Tourism Week. The province will be conducting street food festival, Ilocos Sur Bicentennial logo making contest and extemporaneous tour guiding, Abel Yloco fashion show and tourism appreciation night, and street party. “We came up with these new set of activities to focus more on what the province can offer and everyone will be able to feel that they are a part of these,” Tourism Officer Mr. Ryan Astom expressed. Contenders in the extemporaneous tour guiding contest should be familiarized and abreast of information regarding the different tourist spots and historical sites in the province. The students will also have a chance to showcase their talents in Computer Aided Drafting and Design or Auto-Cad through the Bicentennial Logo Making Contest. Also, the different artistic designs using abel iloco by our local designers will be featured through the fashion show. One night will be allotted for the recognition of efforts and initiatives by the PGIS’ partners in development. The different stakeholders who contributed in the tourism industry of the province will be acknowledged through the appreciation night activity headed by Governor Ryan Singson. “Local products will also be displayed on public. This is to advertise and introduce our OTOPS to our visitors”, Gov. Ryan added. The Tourism Office is making the best way to promote the activity to attract domestic and international tourist in joining the pleasing activities prepared by the province. The event will last for three days starting September 22 this year.

Gov. Ryan graces Ilocosurian Association of Hawaii’s 39th Anniversary

Gov. Ryan Singson is among the honored guests during the 39th foundation anniversary of the Ilocosurian Association of Hawaii held last August 2016. In his message to the officers and members of the association, he expressed his gratitude for the Association’s initiatives to help the people of Ilocos Sur specifically in terms of health and education. The Ilocosurian offers a scholarship grants to Ilocanos who are willing to study in college in Hawaii. Apart from this, the group also conducts free medical and surgical missions in the different parts of the province. The Association through its officers pledged to extend more hand in the improvement of the Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang and for the procurement of advance medical equipment. They will also expand the scholarship grants to Ilocano students, not just for those who will study abroad but also to those deserving students of Ilocos Sur Community College. As a counterpart of the provincial government, Gov. Ryan said, the PGIS will help in the renovation and improvement of the infrastructure project of the Association in front of the Syquia Mansion. They will be putting up a museum with rooms to serve as homestay to the balikbayans. “We will talk to the National Government Agencies concerned regarding this project so that we can also extend our help to the Ilocosurian Association of Hawaii for their project in our province” Gov. Ryan said. In this event, Gov. Ryan invited all the Ilocanos living abroad not only those in Hawaii to come home and be part of the biggest celebration of the Province in its 200th Foundation Anniversary on 2018. A Global Reunion will be organized by the PGIS to involve all the Ilocosurians living abroad. “They are all excited. As early as now, they are already booking their airline tickets. We are very eager to be partners with them especially to their social programs,” Gov. Ryan added. Gov. Ryan believes that through the smooth relations between the PGIS and the Association, they may come up with more programs that will benefit the people of Ilocos Sur.

Ilocos Sur Acting Inmates stage “Misericordia”

If there is “Cebu Dancing Inmates”, in the province of Ilocos Sur there is now “Ilocos Sur Acting Inmates”. The Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail (ISPJ) showcases the talents of the selected prisoners as they perform in the stage play called “Misericordia”. The play was initiated by Gov. Ryan Singson through the help of Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Christ the King Parish in Bantay Ilocos Sur and it was written and directed by Angelo Aurelio. Misericordia means mercy. The play depicts the life of every individual especially the prisoners. Inmates who played the main characters did their best to deliver the play pleasantly to the viewers. “I did not expect that our inmates have these amazing talents, they act like a professional stage play actors and actresses. If Cebu has dancing inmates, here in Ilocos Sur, we have the acting inmates”. Gov. Ryan expressed. The stage play runs in 50 minutes. The production took two months to train the performers. The play has an approach of zarzuela to impart the Ilocano traditional arts. “Through the process of immersion in the development and rehabilitation of inmates, the play exemplifies the powerful role of theatre as catalyst for change”, said Mr. Aurelio. This is the first performance of the Ilocos Sur Acting inmates which lasts for three days, from June 24-26, 2016 and also serves as the official launching of the ISPJ Theatre. It is expected that there are more performances to be staged by these talented inmates. “We are thankful to the provincial government for bringing this endeavour to ISPJ. This will help a lot in boosting the morale of our inmates” Raymond Tabios, Provincial Jail Warden said. The inmates express their heartfelt gratitude to the Provincial Government for trusting what they can do even if they are facing different serious criminal cases. They end the play with teary eyes, believing that every one of them deserves a chance to correct their mistakes and be freed from the bars.

PGIS improves Provincial Hospital Facilities and Services

VIGAN CITY- Through the assistance of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), Ilocos Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang (ISPHGS) continues to maximize its services to ensure health and safety of the people. Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson stated that the Hospital already have its new ambulance, mobile dental clinic and Waste Water Treatment facility. “The province of Ilocos Sur is on its progressive state, especially in Gabriela Silang Hospital in which the government allotted funds for the purchase a new ambulance and construction of the water waste treatment facility” Singson said. The governor also extended his gratitude to the Department of Health (DOH) for giving a mobile dental clinic to the Hospital. The ambulance and mobile dental clinic are being used for its medical missions and in expanding health services in the entire province. Meanwhile, a water treatment facility was constructed to help in preserving the environment by purifying sewage water from the hospital. “The provincial government decided to build a water treatment facility that purifies sewage water so that it could be reused, instead of disposing it. So the people don’t need to worry about it anymore,” Singson stated. However, the hospital still lacks on infrastructure that is why the PGIS will ask for funds again from the DOH when this agency already has its new secretary. Previously, PGIS asked for funds worth 90 million from the DOH, but the agency only gave 40 million. As a result, the reconstruction of the building is not yet done. Aside from the inauguration of the new health facilities, Gov. Singson personally gave grocery items to the patients of Ilocos Provincial Hospital Gabriela Silang as part of his post-birthday celebration last Tuesday.

Foreign tourists Visit Ilocos Sur via Int’l Cruise Ship

Cabugao, Ilocos Sur- M/S Caledonian Sky, an international cruise ship brought less than a hundred of tourists from Australia and Europe to the province of Ilocos Sur to experience the historic tourist destinations for the second time. The ship docked at the historic Salomague Port in the municipality of Cabugao. It was on May 2015 when the ship made its first visit in the province and brought 176 foreign guests. Local cultural performances welcomed the tourists upon their arrival to the beach line of Salomague Port. The tourists enjoyed as they participate in the dance presentation performed by the Ryan’s Angels. They first visited 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. History says, Bantay bell served as a watch tower during the Spanish Colonial Era. Mainly, foreign visitors spent much of their time at the prestigious Wonder City of Vigan. They visited the well-preserved centuries-old Spanish houses at Calle Crisologo, the different museums which include the Syquia Mansion, National Museum and the Crisologo Museum and the century-old pottery making industry. “The coming of our guests can help in advertising our unique tourist spots. They can tell their inimitable experiences here in our place to their friends that may possibly lead to higher number of tourist arrivals in our province,” Gov. Ryan added. After visiting the different places, they tasted the native Ilocano foods at the Hidden Garden which is known for being a tropical restaurant in Asia. “The City is full of Historic cultures. You made a warm welcome and we are so blessed that we reach your place. Our holidays became meaningful because of this”, tourist expressed. The Provincial and City Government believe that this activity can boost the tourism industry in the province.

Summer Party Features Ilocos Sur Beaches

Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur - The Provincial Tourism Office introduced Summer Fun Party featuring the beauty of Suso Beach in this town. Different activities during the two-day party held on April 22-23, 2016 entertained the participating audience. The calm sea turned into a blissful place as the crowd expressed their enjoyment. The bar-tenders showed their wild yet gentle moves in flare tending competition. Dancers displayed their breath-taking moves in the fire dance competition. Contenders in the Men and ladies category showed off their sexy bodies in the ‘Summer Bodies’ competition. Ilocos Sur adventures such as the beautiful beaches and the relaxing splash of the sea waters are the favourite spot for such activities. These places are worth seeing and every vacationist shouldn’t miss. “We are introducing other tourist spots in our province. Hopefully these activities could help in promoting our stunning beaches.” Gov. Ryan Added. Meanwhile, reggae band chocolate factory completed the summer fun party. They entertained the Ilocanoes with their lively music during a mini concert.

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