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Province of Ilocos Sur

Health, Tourism, and Travel

Russian Ambassador Visits Ilocos Sur

Governor Ryan Singson welcomes Ambassador Igor Khovaev of Russia as he and his staff visits Ilocos Sur on December 7, 2015. Igor’s courtesy call with the governor extends to half a day as they enjoyed visiting the different tourist destinations. Gov. Singson shows to the Ambassador the newly built and opened national museum where the history of Ilocos Sur and the different Ilocano heroes are preserved. The short tour extends to the Pagburnayan where they meet Fidel Go, a native of Vigan and awarded as National Artist; to the Safari Gallery of former governor Luis Chavit Singson and lastly to the Sequia Mansion, one of the famous houses where first Ilocano President Elpidio Quirino stayed. The visitors also taste the Ilocano specialty foods such as the Vigan longganisa, poqui-poqui, pinakbet and bagnet. “They came here to see the possibilities where we can be trade partners with Russia. We let them see the different destinations because tourism is one of our potentials that could help in making their plan possible”, Gov. Ryan Singson said. Ambassador Igor Khovaeh is purposely visiting provinces to scout for possible tourism and business trades with his country. He sees the province of Ilocos Sur as a place with a tangible tourism potential. “I am impressed with my visit in your province, I see a big potential for cooperation of the two countries through your province especially in the aspect of tourism”, Ambassador Igor Khovaeh said. The provincial government is looking forward for another key for development through the visit of Ambassador Igor.

 Zombie Run Thrilled Hundreds of Runners

Vigan city- The Provincial Tourism Office headed by Gov. Ryan Singson held the Zombie Out Run Season 3 in the celebration of Halloween. Seven hundred fifty runners came from the different municipalities in the province joined the fearful yet entertaining activity. The 5-Kilometer track started and ended in front of the Provincial Capitol. Each runner got three life flags. These flags are taken from them by the zombies positioned on the street. The runner who had the most life flags at the end of the line was declared as winner. The activity was composed of men and women category. The first three winners in each category received five thousand pesos, three thousand pesos and one thousand five hundred pesos. All other participating runners received certificate. “I am happy to see the large number of participating runners. We will be holding this kind of activity yearly to entertain the people of Ilocos Sur and to attract more tourists to visit our province during Halloween.” Gov. Ryan said. Meanwhile, the Provincial Tourism Office became the tourist attraction in the celebration of Halloween after it opened the first horror house in the province. It became a blockbuster after a large number of residents and tourists from different places came to visit the house full of monster, ghost and fearful creations. “This is the first horror house in the province and we didn’t expect that this event will be patronized by hundreds of people. Since it was opened, countless curious people came to see what’s inside the house.” Provincial Tourism Officer Ryan Astom said.

Santa House Excites Christmas in Ilocos Sur

The children feel that Santa Claus is coming to town with this colorful house of Santa built in front of the provincial capitol. It was designed as bungalow full of colored Christmas lights that shine at night. And in the inside, it is full of presents and kids’ toys. You can also see the different life sized Santa Claus and a Belen on the other side. In another corner, there’s a greeting area where children can write their Christmas wishes. This year’s Christmas theme reflects the importance of a family. There’s no happier moment than celebrating Christmas together. The public is waiting every year for the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, but this time, the provincial government crafts another stunning decoration other than the giant Christmas tree that makes the capitol façade more attractive  “We changed the theme this year to remind us all the importance of a family. This House of Santa represents one roof where a family stays together to celebrate Christmas. The Belen also represents that God is the center of the celebration of each family” Governor Ryan Singson said. The house of Santa is formally opened to public on November 15, 2016. People flocked to witness the lighting ceremony including the setting alight of the giant Christmas tree. This now serves as tourist attraction especially during night time where the scenic view can be glanced because of the beautiful Christmas lights around it.

PGIS Celebrates Tourism Week

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur initiated different activities in celebration of the Tourism Week from September 23-25, 2015. The activities aimed to discover and promote other tourism potentials of Ilocos Sur including eco-tourism. “The provincial government is always working with the Department of Tourism to promote and develop our tourist sector. In addition, we will also improve eco-tourism in the province to attract more tourists.” Gov. Ryan Singson said. The activities include photography competition where it was participated by both professional and aspiring photographers in the locality; the jingle competition and the fashion show. Foods locally produced in the province became the subject of the photography contest. This is to showcase the different Ilocano Cuisine. Each contestant had submitted one entry. Among the numerous entries, the photo of “cocoa tablea” by Dr. Rommel Taqueban was chosen as the winner. The photo of “dinengdeng” by Mr. George Aguinir and the “pinakbet” by Mr. Dexter Agpalo were also chosen as runners up. The winners received trophy plus fifteen thousand pesos, ten thousand pesos and five thousand pesos respectively. The jingle competition became a venue for the local composers. Using the international language, Mr. John Kurt Balbuena of Ilocos Norte was declared as winner by his original composition “Yes Ilocos Sur”. This will be used as the new official theme song of the Provincial Tourism Office. Different traditional costumes especially the known Abel of Ilocos were also showcased through the fashion show conducted at Vigan City Convention Center. These activities were geared towards the advancement of tourism industry in the province acknowledging the different potentials of both the products and the people of Ilocos Sur. Meanwhile, Governor Ryan Singson is coordinating with the Local Government Unit of Cabanatuan to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to promote Ilocos Sur in Cabanatuan City, the same as the province will also help Cabanatuan to promote their place.

Ilocos Sur is Miss World Philippines Tourist Destination

Vigan City- The prestigious pageant, Miss World Philippines has chosen the province of Ilocos Sur as their official tourist destination this year. The twenty seven lovely and gorgeous candidates arrived in the province on October 6, 2015 and they introduced themselves as they ramp in the Gala Night held at Vigan City Convention Center. The candidates stayed in the province for three days and enjoyed the splendour of the tourist destinations in Ilocos Sur. They held their photo shoot in the white sand beach of Cabugao beach resort, in the Historical Crisologo Street, the Sequia Mansion, Pagburnayan and in Bantay Bell tower. These places have been a part of history of the province and have an innate and diverse beauty, like the heritage village where we can see the preserved old houses and where the first community of the Spaniards in the north settled. The province of Ilocos Sur is honoured for the great opportunity brought by this activity. This can lead to a greater break for the province to promote the different tourist destinations. “The province of Ilocos Sur is very lucky for having Miss World Philippines here in the province. Surely, they will bring a positive impact in our tourist sector.” Gov. Ryan said. Former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson also believes that the activity brought a big promotion in the tourist section. “We need to help one another, work hand in hand in order for our province to be recognized in terms of distinct destinations.” He added. Miss World Philippines organizer, Ms. Cory Quirino has been planning to make Ilocos Sur as their tourist destination since 2011 and now, this came into reality. “It’s not that I am from the province but the province itself, truly is an attractive province.” She added. Candidate number 21, Miss Allyson Howell from Catanduanes was chosen by the provincial government as she stands out among the candidates during their visit in the province. She was awarded cash worth of fifty thousand pesos.

DOST Conducts North Luzon S&T Fair in Vigan City

Vigan City- The Department of Science and Technology conducted its annual Northluzon Science and Technology Fair in Vigan City held on September 1-3, 2015 at the Vigan City Convention Center. The event was participated in by DOST offices in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region wherein different inventions and science and technology assisted products were showcased. Food technology bazaar was established where the different food products such as the preserved vegetables turned into chips, fermented foods and vegetable juices. The different machines in preserving food were also introduced such as the high impact technology solutions vacuum fryer, water retort used to destroy microorganisms which cause spoilage and health hazard through the use of thermal processing and the food extruder used for cereals, corn and puffs. Secretary Mario Montejo of the DOST reiterated the importance of science and technology in agriculture, industry, transportation and communication, education and in disaster mitigation.

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