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.
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.
The province of Ilocos Sur is known internationally in terms of its beautiful and historical tourist destination. Since Vigan City was declared as one of the new seven wonders cities of the world, the province became more popular not only on its neighbour countries but also in the entire world. This place is itemized on the bucket list of many tourists travelling around the world to capture its stunning and unique preservation of historical sites which is a part of its history. Many representatives also from the different countries are visiting the province to look into a business partnership for different industries. South Africa Ambassador Martin Slabber is one of the many international dignitaries who visited Ilocos Sur but he has a unique purpose in visiting the province. He personally met the Governor to ask help on how to preserve the culture and traditions and how to turn them into a great treasure of today’s generation. “There is a city in our country which is similar to the heritage city of Vigan. I’m here because I want to develop that city just like yours.” Ambassador Slabber said. With a humble and hospitable heart, Gov. Ryan welcomes the Ambassador through a cultural presentation where the traditional songs and dances are showcased. He signified his willingness to have a good relationship and collaboration between the province of Ilocos Sur and the South Africa in support to tourism development. “It’s an honor to the provincial government that our beloved province was been recognized through its distinctive spots that is capable in captivating investors. Gov. Ryan added. The Governor believes that through the collaboration of the two countries would be the best way in promoting the tourism within the province.
The 9th kannawidan festival celebration in the province of Ilocos Sur ended with a blast as the twenty two lively and vibrant groups from the different towns compete in the Street Dancing and Dance Show down. Each performance featured their respective One Town One Product (OTOP) and portrayed their culture, values, tradition, main products and tourist spots of their municipality. The street dancing competition started as the first performance of each group held in front of the Provincial Capitol and progressively until in front of the Municipal Hall of Bantay. The street was filled with a festive atmosphere as the crowd yells for their own bet while the contingents performed gracefully and energetic in the tune of kannawidan song with their multi-colored costumes. After showing the dance steps in the streets, the contingents vied in the dance show down at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. Here, they demonstrate their creativity and artistry of movements and their different props showcasing their history, OTOP, culture, values and tradition. Each contestant was given 8 minutes to perform. The contenders were adjudged for their performance in the street which formed 40 percent of their overall performance and 60 percent from the dance show down. The set of judges had the difficulty to choose who among the contenders will bring home the bacon. Assistant Regional Director Modesto Baloloy of the Department of Tourism Region 1 chaired the board of judges which composed of a representative from the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the person of Geronimo Cristobal; the Director for Center for Culture, Arts and Heritage of Saint Louis College at San Fernando La Union, Mr. Jeddahn Rosario City; Senior Treasury Manager of Manila North Toll Ways Corporation and Manager of NLEX Road Warriors Basketball team, Mr. Ronald Dulatre; and Ms. Remy Florendo, the manager of ABS-CBN Ilocos. With a careful measure of the performance, theme or concept, choreography, costume and props of every group, the contender of Vigan City who showcased their Longganisa Festival was declared as the first ever winner of the Kannawidan street dancing competition. The Calamansi Festival of Tagudin garnered the second place, the contender of Nagbukel who displayed their papaya as OTOP was declared as the 3rd placer, the group from Santa who took pride for their hero, Gabriela Silang was chosen as the 4th placer and the Calamay Festival of Candon bagged the 5th place. The champion received P200, 000 pesos cash prize and the runners up received P150,000, P100,000, P75,000 and P50,000 pesos respectively. This is the pilot episode of street dancing competition as part of the Kannawidan Festival. The administration of Governor Ryan Singson is the main promoter of the activity which is put on a slogan
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“We come up with this activity to promote the different festivals of each town in our province. Our goal is to lift the Kannawidan Ylocos and become one of the major and most recognized festivals in the country. We hope that in the coming years, all municipalities will participate”, Gov Ryan said.
Nicka Abigail Corpuz, 19, reigned the prestigious Saniata ti Ilocos 2016 held at Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur. She was crowned the fairest among the 33 lovely candidates after hitting the question of the hosts during the Q & A portion which goes: “In the year 2018, the province of Ilocos Sur will be celebrating its 200-year of provincehood, what is the significance does this celebration have to you as Ilocana and as an Ilocosurian?” “As an ilocana it is an epitome of happiness and for me as an individual, it is an extension of the culture and heritage in the heart among ilocanos. Celebrating 200 years in 2018 is a grateful for us that Ilocos sur has soar a lot of experiences from the past and it is time for us to stand out to reach to the top that us, ilocanos has a soul pride when it comes to sharing our tradition and culture and trade not only here in the Philippines but also to the entire world and for me as an ilocana, it’s an honor for me to forward this advocacy”, Nicka answered where she garnered astounding applause from the audience. Nicka Abigail Corpuz is a political science student of St. Louise University in Baguio City and one of her aspirations is to become a lawyer. Meanwhile, the beauty from Narvacan, Gizelle- Ann Car Albaran was also crowned as Miss Saniata ti Ilocos World. Miss Sinait Christine Juliane Opiaza is Miss Saniata ti Ilocos Tourism, Miss Vigan Michelle Abcede is Miss Saniata ti Ilocos Environment and Miss Sigay Charlyn Villena and Miss Cervantes April Soliven are Miss Saniata ti Ilocos 1st and 2nd runners up. The pageant was hosted by Miss Universe Philippines 2014 Mary Jean Lastimosa and RNB Singer Jay-Ar. The set of judges composed of combinations of beauty queens in the Philippines, celebrities and DOT officials. The Saniata ti Ilocos Sur is one of the grand highlights of the 9th edition of Kannawidan Festival. “This kind of activity is meaningful for us Ilocos Surians where it showcases the beauty, poise and intelligence in the Ilocana woman”, Governor Ryan said. It is also a venue to promote the locally designed products made up of abel iloco referring worn by the ladies during the event. The winners of this prestigious pageant will represent Ilocos Sur in national beauty contests such as Binibining Pilinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas and Miss Earth Philippines.
Vigan City – the 2016 Kannawidan Ylocos festival of the province of Ilocos Sur formally opened on January 29 at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, until February 13 at Candon City. The festivity features the heritage culture of the province which dates back two centuries ago. Government Ryan Luis V. Singson said the street dancing and showdown of the product of the 22 towns of the province marked the festivities. This is the first time the Ilocos Sur held Street Dancing as one of the highlights of the activities. Kannawidan is an Ilocano term meaning feast of rich heritage and culture. It marks the 198th foundation of Ilocos Sur, which separated the province from Ilocos Norte by a Royal Decree on February 2, 1818. The other activities for the festival includes the boodle fight, a ritual followed by the presentation of Ilocano traditions spiced with sports events, the Miss Saniata 2016, Mass and procession at the Saint Paul Cathedral, fireworks display, and the grand finals of the Siglat Ilocandia (search for talented Ilocanos), motor show, concerts, search for the biggest agriculture products and livestock, quiz, bee, poetry writing, cook fest, fashion show and comedy night, and many more.