Bigger Tri Ilocos Nort3 attracts local and international competitors, highlights Northern summer adventure

Emerging from a successful race last year, the much-awaited ‘Tri Ilocos Nort3,’ a triathlon series promoting ‘sportourism’ in Ilocos Norte as its racecourses highlighted many of the province’s famous tourist landmarks, kicked-off on March 28. In its third year now, the triathlon race which featured triathletes from the different parts More »

UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosts Ilocos Norte’s Earth Hour celebration

Joining the worldwide effort in raising awareness on and addressing environmental issues, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Paoay Church hosted the Earth Hour celebration in Ilocos Norte on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Paoay Church, a centuries-old edifice, is famously known for its distinct architecture highlighted by the huge buttresses on More »

Ilocos Norte welcomes Black Nazarene, thousands expected to pay homage

As the Province of Ilocos Norte prepares for the Lenten season, thousands of Ilocano devotees are expected to join the procession of the revered Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno of Quiapo or Black Nazarene at 3 p.m. on March 27, Friday around the city of Laoag. “Considered by many Filipinos as More »

PGIN holds forum on agricultural resiliency, seeks immediate solution to El Niño threats

Following the conduct of the first Ilocos Norte Water Summit, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) together with the provincial office of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD) held an Agricultural Resiliency Forum on March 17 at Provincial Capitol. As the water summit, conducted More »

PGIN honors Mamasapano SAF survivors as ‘modern Ilocano heroes’

PGIN honors Mamasapano SAF survivors as ‘modern Ilocano heroes’ Governor Imee R. Marcos led an honorary tribute on March 10 for SPO1 Allan Lampitoc Franco and PO2 Jovalyn Lozano, both with Ilocano roots who are two of the few Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who survived the Mamasapano encounter last More »

PGIN, BAP to conduct first Financial Education Program for OFW families

In an effort to improve financial literacy in the province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) in partnership with the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) will conduct the first Financial Education Program for the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the province on March 13, 2015. The More »

Ilocos Norte to host APEC meeting, to develop a road map in ‘doubling goal of generating renewable energy’

At least 70 international delegates and members of the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies (EGNRET), a subcommittee of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), will converge on April 13-16 in Ilocos Norte to discuss and conduct workshops in ‘doubling the APEC region’s goal of generating renewable energy.’ Governor More »

PGIN grants full scholarship to kin of slain Ilocano PNP-SAF

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will be granting full scholarship to Aleta Nacionales, younger sister of PO2 Omar Nacionales who is one of the 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) members slain during the Mamasapano encounter last January. Governor Imee Marcos said PGIN will continue to extend More »

Fourth Kinni-kinni Parade to highlight Ilocos Norte’s Women’s Month celebration

Highlighting the great potential of women in various aspects of development, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) thru the Gender and Development (GAD) Office prepared a set of activities for the Annual International Women’s Month celebration this March. Thousands of women groups, gender advocates, non-government organizations and other groups More »

Second Sirib Youth Awards honors young Ilocanos for ‘leading excellence and heroism’

For bringing prestige to the province by garnering either national or international awards in the fields of arts, sports and academe, 120 young Ilocanos were recognized by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in the 2nd Sirib Youth Awards held in front of the Provincial Capitol on February 14. “While we More »

PGIN Task Force Trabaho, Accenture bring more quality jobs for Ilocanos

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through its Task Force Trabaho is bringing more quality jobs to Ilocanos as Accenture, one of the world’s largest management consulting, technology services and outsourcing companies, is set to open its delivery center in the province this year. Governor Imee Marcos said during More »

Laoag City Makes Boodle Fight World Record

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos shared a meal with Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Fariñas and Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas during the world record-breaking 4.5 kilometer-long boodle fight table held in celebration of the Laoag City Fiesta (Pamulinawen Festival) on February 27, 2015 More »

IN, Cam Sur forge sisterhood ties

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The provinces of Ilocos Norte and Camarines Sur have finally forged sisterhood ties, a development expected to boost the tourism potentials of the former.

Aware of the enormous potential of the two provinces, given such dynamic and highly educated people and rich natural resources, which could propel both provinces into economic prosperity if properly harnessed, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos and Gov. L Ray Villafuerte of Camarines Sur formally established sisterhood relationship last September 11 this year.

According to Marcos, Cam Sur since rising from being unknown in tourism industry to being currently the premier tourist destination in the country has among its assets an extraordinary wealth of know-how, familiarity, and expertise concerning tourism development and promotion.

“The sisterhood ties with Cam Sur will be beneficial to us, especially in promoting our province as an eco-tourism destination,” Marcos said.

On a scheduled visit around Ilocos Norte, Gov. Villafuerte and party were toured in La Paz Sand Dunes, Paoay Lake National Park, Bangui Windmills and Pagudpud. Among the tourist spots, Villafuerte expressed interests of adopting the renewable energy produced by the Bangui Windmills which according to him, the windmills apart from being a prime tourist destination in the North is also beneficial to the Ilocanos because of the energy it produces.

“Our province is undertaking to develop our own wind energy resources in addition to our initial solar energy development program, and Ilocos Norte being a pioneer in the development of renewable energy in South East Asia with its windmills in Bangui, I believe this province will help us a lot in our efforts to establish the same.” Villafuerte added.

In her bid to make Ilocos Norte a world-class tourist destination like Cam Sur, Gov. Marcos on the other hand, is set to make the Paoay Lake National Park Development Plan a reality.

“Cam Sur is known for its water sports complex which hosted the international event ‘Ironman Philippines’ recently, and I intend to seek the expertise of Gov. Villafuerte for the development of Paoay Lake as a center for wakeboarding, wakeskating, and other water sports where we can also host big events such as ‘Ironman’,” Marcos stressed.

Relative to this, both provinces has expressed to share resources through an agreed mechanism of exchange, transfer, and sharing that encompasses tourism, trade and investment, and green technology in order to promote socio-economic and cultural development for the two provinces. (Florante A. Nicolas-CMO)

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