Manang Imee’s Capitol Express adds new program to support Ilocano farmers

A new initiative has been integrated in Manang Imee’s Capitol Express (CapEx) on December 9, 2014 as the program continues to bring frontline services of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte more accessible to the Ilocanos. ‘Kadiwa (rolling stores) ni Manang Imee’, the name aptly given to the new program More »

Ilocos Norte’s Christmas celeb to highlight fourth “tupig” cookfest

Ilocanos will again pay homage to their traditional Christmas rice cake in line with Paskua Mi Ditoy (This is how we celebrate Christmas), the province’s annual series of activities to celebrate the Holiday season, December 13, 2014. Dubbed as the “Fourth Solid North Tupig Cook-off”, the event aims to boost More »

Fourth Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival hailed a success, benefits SMEs

Drawing more than 50,000 local and balikbayan spectators, the biggest gathering in the north dubbed as “Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals” has successfully raised almost half million pesos for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in the province. Held on November 29, 2014 at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Stadium, this grand More »

First Ilocos Norte Water Summit offers solution to looming water crisis

Civic participation in the centre of planning over water management  Billed to push for a long-term water management plan in the province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) together with Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD) and provincial office of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) has successfully conducted on November 27, More »

Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag City Hall joint Christmas tree lighting

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Fariñas led the ceremonial lighting of Christmas trees at the Capitol and City Hall on December 5, 2014. (Photo by PGIN CMO / Alaric A. Yanos) More »

More quality BPO careers now available in the province

Expert Global Solutions Opens Ilocos Site Ilocos Norte’s potential as an information technology and business process management hub has been finally realized as Expert Global Solutions (EGS), a global leader in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), officially opened and commenced operations on Friday, November 21 at Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena. Yvon More »

Opening of the 81 MW wind farm in Pagudpud

Brian Caffyn, Chairman, UPC Renewables; Atty. Wilfredo M. Penaflor, NLREC President; Pagudpud Mayor Marlon Sales; Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos; John Eric Francia, President, AC Energy Holdings Inc. during the opening of the 81 MW wind farm of the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation in Barangay Caparispisan, More »

Capitol Express in La Paz, Laoag City

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos was surprised by the birthday greetings of the residents of Barangay La Paz, Laoag City during Manang Imee’s Capitol Express held November 18, 2014. Gov. Marcos distributed nipa and mangrove seedlings as well as tilapia fingerlings to previous Capitol Express clients in barangay La Paz. More »

Largest BPO firm all set to open branch in Ilocos Norte

After recognizing the province’s potential in becoming a destination for Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, an international and leading Business Process Outsourcing Firm Expert Global Solutions (EGS) is finally set to launch its branch in Ilocos Norte, November 21, 4:00 PM at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena. Six years More »

Ilocos Norte seeks long-term provincial water management plan

PGIN to hold first ever provincial water summit Challenged by the call of Governor Imee R. Marcos during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) last August 20 to better manage our water resources, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte together with Ilocos Norte Water District is set to conduct More »

PGIN’s youth program to mark first year anniversary on November 22

Sirib Express, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte’s (PGIN) flagship youth program will celebrate its first year anniversary on November 22, 2014. From its launching last year at Ilocos Norte Agricultural College in Pasuquin, Sirib Express has evolved into an official capitol office—the Sirib Youth Office (SYO)—last March thru an More »

New Sirib campaign aims to teach volunteers on how to keep peers on track

Ilocos Norte’s Provincial Education Department, Provincial Employment and Service Office, and Sirib Youth Office in cooperation with Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association (SIKA) will be holding for the first time a peer counseling seminar and workshop to raise awareness about depression and mental health among teens and young adults. Dubbed as More »

Ilocos dragon fruit delights Chinese tummy

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The dragon fruit, locally grown in Ilocos Norte as Saniata has reached Shandong, China with a hit that delighted the officials and businessmen here.

 In a recent visit made by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos and a number of local officials in this biggest agricultural crops producing province of China, the hosting local officials here were surprised of the astonishing distinct taste of the Ilocos dragon fruit.

 Compared to the red- skinned with white flesh dragon fruit which is commonly grown in China and Taiwan, what made the Ilocos dragon fruit that amazed the Chinese officials in Shandong is the red flesh of the local Saniata. Shandong Deputy Director General Zhang Zhongmin described the fruit as juicier and sweeter than any of the varieties of the fruit he had tasted.

 Meantime, Vice Mayor Wang Shuhua of the Municipality of Weifang had shown interest of growing the Saniata dragon fruit in his hometown. “We have hou long guo (fire dragon fruit) locally home grown here, however its flesh is white and not as juicy as the Saniata, and I intend to bring home some of this (Saniata) to my home town so I can show it to my constituents and see how can we grow the same,” said the delighted local executive of Weifang.

Part of the visit made by Gov. Marcos is to showcase the Saniata dragon fruit as a lucrative cash crop in Ilocos Norte and at the same time explores agricultural researches on high value cash crops in Shandong, it being one of the biggest producers of agricultural commercial crops in China. ~Florante A Nicolas, PGIN-CMO