Black Saturday concert "Ilocos Rocks" marks start of tourism peak seasonMar 28, 2018
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO) will hold the third "Ilocos Rocks" concert this Black Saturday, March 31.
Initially planned to generate food traffic in the province, the "Ilocos Rocks" concert evolved to be PGIN's kick-start event marking the province's tourism peak season. Now on its third leg, the concert will be held at the Pangil Rock Formation in Currimao. The venue recently served as set location for "Bagani," a television series, and is also the gateway for cruise tourism in Ilocos Norte since Star Cruises' Superstar Virgo regularly docks at its port.
"The concert is one way of using the different sites in our province as events venues. We are very lucky to have these different locations because they are unique and can be easily identified as Ilocos Norte; these are the places where local and international tourists really go," said Provincial Tourism Officer, Mr. Ainree Raquel.
The show will feature local bands, disk jockeys, and other performers, fronting the renowned 90's alternative rock band "Siakol," famous for their songs like "Lakas Tama," Peksman," and "Bakit Ba," among others.
Anticipating high tourist arrivals, the INTO coordinated with the Accomodation Association of Southern Ilocos Norte (AASIN), a group of hotels from Batac City up to the town of Badoc, to help cater to the needs of expected tourists.
In preparation, Raquel also pointed out the importance of offering quality tourism while preserving the province's natural resources.
"...it's basically about safety because we are in an open area and a very unconventional event, at the same time we need to protect the Pangil Rock Formation."
The PGIN-INTO deployed tourist aids in the province's museum, churches, and other historical attractions as it anticipates an even greater volume of tourist arrivals this year.
Even if the official start of the summer season has not been declared yet by PAGASA, the province is now experiencing heavy tourist influx as the Holy Week attracts pilgrims and devotees to Ilocos Norte.