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Vigan And Candon Cities, And Ilocos Sur Province

by Animo
Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal

Don is defined as (1) Mafia top man, (2) Spanish-gentleman or aristocrat, (3) archaic form of man of importance.

LAST Friday, 7 April, on the 29th birthday of his great great granddaughter Andrea, Epifanio de los Santos y Cristobal’s 135th birth anniversary was celebrated by the De los Santos clan (led by the great man’s living daughter Guerty de los Santos Paez) in Malolos City. In full force were the De los Santoses, among them Ching Suva, while the lone Cristobal representative was Boots Anson-Roa.

To this generation, "Don Panyong" is mainly remembered for the long stretch of highway from Pasay to Caloocan that carries his name, which was constructed during the time of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. There’s some irony in the fact that EDSA has been the venue in the ouster of two presidents and the near ouster of a third. It has also been enshrined to the Virgin of EDSA despite the secular character of the Philippine Revolution.

It’s fitting perhaps to recall that Epifanio de los Santos was associate editor of the revolutionary paper La Independencia and co-founder as well of Libertad. He was said to have been second only to Marcelo del Pilar (Plaridel) as one of the best Filipino writers in Spanish, probably a bit of a hyperbole, since Jose Rizal, of course, and Graciano Lopez Jaena were not exactly feeble in Spanish.

He wrote "scathing prose," just like the rebellious illustrados of the nineteenth century, although with the coming of the Americans, the prose became less acerbic as he turned to writing about literature, the arts, and music. He also wrote biographies of notable Filipinos, among which was a sympathetic essay on the ill-fated founder of the Katipunan and father of the Revolution, Andres Bonifacio.

Like many of those who defended the first Philippine Republic against the Americans, he went into politics (he was elected governor of Nueva Ecija), but he’s chiefly remembered by later generations as the director of the Philippine National Museum and Library.

Nothing is more fitting in these sunny times when Liberty seems to be on the way to becoming a museum piece.

http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/04/10/OPED2006041061072.html

  • LOCAL and foreign experts describe Vigan as "a place like no other." Its uniqueness lies in its historic townscape which is an architectural blend of Asian, European, and Latin influences. Being the only surviving colonial town in the country, Vigan, earlier known as "Ciudad Fernandina" from 1758 to late 19th century, is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the country. It has auspiciously escaped the bombs of World War II unlike its sister cities, Manila and Cebu. How and why it has survived the wrath of war is a fascinating story on its own.

    There are many places where to stay in Vigan City and one of the newest addition to the hotels is the Vigan Heritage Mansion—a century edifice built in 1885. Just like the other famous establishments in the World Heritage City, Vigan Heritage Mansion has successfully preserved its original façade while infusing comfortable amenities in a Mediterranean style, something that surely has an appeal to the modern day tourists.

    The three-storey solid stone structure has modern rooms that are fully airconditioned, with hot and cold shower, cable TV sets and, in bright interiors but still with touch of antique furnishings. It has a roof deck with nipa huts and trellis overlooking Banaoang, Quirino Bridge and some areas of Vigan City, where guests can relax and enjoy the night breeze. Upon the request of guests, meals can be served in the roof deck. The hotel also has a function room at the ground floor which is fully airconditioned that can be converted into a training or conference room.

    The Vigan Heritage Mansion has been the winner of the Abel Iloco Décor Contest for two consecutive years given during the "Viva Vigan" Fiesta Celebration through the auspices of the Vigan City Tourism Council.

    The Vigan Heritage Mansion is located at the corner of Mena Crisologo St. and Liberation Blvd. just right beside Heritage Village which is the "must see" place in Vigan. It is where you can find long line of old architecture of historic houses, souvenir items, and antique furniture at reasonable prices.

    Walking distance from Vigan Heritage Mansion is the Saint Paul Cathedral at Plaza Burgos. Plaza Burgos is dotted by several kiosks that offer Vigan delicacies like empanada, okoy, sinanglao, caldereta, miki and popular rice cake in a bamboo called tinubong. While at the Plaza , one can try to ride in the calesa that will bring you to the different tourist spots in Vigan City.

    When you visit Vigan City this summer, stay at the Vigan Heritage Mansion where you can relax and enjoy the historic City of Vigan.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/05/03/TOUR2006050363010.html
    - Animo, 8 years ago
  • ^^ we saw that Vigan Heritage Mansion. mahal ata ang rent.
    - mhe-ann, 8 years ago
  • ^^ You should have taken a photo of it. :)

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    animo, could you please tell me where exactly this place is or the name of the building? my friend needs it for her journal. thank you!
    - mhe-ann, 7 years ago
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    animo, could you please tell me where exactly this place is or the name of the building? my friend needs it for her journal. thank you!

    Its called Villa Angela and maruja was filmed in that place. I have no idea what that movie is but that's what it say's in that person's detail of this photo. :)
    - Animo, 7 years ago
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    animo, could you please tell me where exactly this place is or the name of the building? my friend needs it for her journal. thank you!

    dba may mga Hollywood stars din ang nag-stay dito noon?
    - Culiat, 7 years ago
  • Feel the Pulse of History at Villa Angela Heritage House...

    Built by Gobernadorcillo Agapito Florendo Bonifacio in 1870
    Relax in air-conditioned and fan-cooled rooms
    Sleep in four-poster canopy beds
    Avail of our seminar and banquet facilities
    Savor traditional Ilocano Cuisine

    ABOUT US

    Villa Angela stands proudly on a 2000 square meter lot as a shining example of a Vigan Heritage House. With the restoration almost complete, on December 24, 1988, the house was able to serve as a lasting memento of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Engr. Candelario V. Verzosa, Sr. and Dra. Purifacion Lahoz-Verzosa.

    Villa Angela stands today as a showcase of the family's past and present standing in the Vigan community. It is also a rich depository of the family's relic and memorabilia acquired through the years by the present owners.

    What was once a storage area for the family's farm produce of rice, corn, maguey, and tobacco has been converted into cozy rooms to accommodate large or small gatherings, weddings, baptismal parties and even seminars and training courses for business groups or organizations.

    The upper floor remains as elegant as it was over 100 years ago. The rooms are filled with antique furniture seen only in big colonial houses. Villa Angela has been the venue of many historical and social gatherings in Vigan of yesteryear and remains so today. Come visit Villa Angela and capture the experience of rapidly vanishing lifestyle.

    Link: http://www.bridgestravel.com/villangela/index.html
    - Animo, 7 years ago
  • dba may mga Hollywood stars din ang nag-stay dito noon?

    This is where Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, stayed during the filming of "Born on the Fourth of July". The films "Jose Rizal", "Gumising Ka Maruja", "Noli Me Tangere" and the teleserye "Ana Karenina" were also shot here.

    Link: http://www.philtours.com/viganvillaang_more.html
    - Animo, 7 years ago
  • A trade post in Ilocos since precolonial times, Vigan is often mistaken for Villa Fernandina, the short-lived pueblo founded in 1572 by the conquistador Juan de Salcedo, grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

    This misimpression is just one of several fictions embedded in the historic scenery of Vigan. For the moment, however, the stolid, brick-faced structures of the town have caught the fancy of antiquarian cultural czars in Manila and travelers longing to bask in Vigan’s ante bellum aura.

    Enthralled visitors often say that an afternoon of stroll through the narrow streets of Vigan – with the old houses’ eaves casting shadows on the gently winding lane – seems to lead the traveler to a palpable colonial past. Writers, artists, and ordinary excursionists flock to Vigan to see whatever they wish to see, which is invariably a quaint and genteel pueblo where they can indulge their nostalgia for a romantic past and escape the pressing realities of the workaday world.

    Vigan does offer a vista of another time and clime. This is precisely why it is a favorite of movie moguls like Fernando Poe Jr. who seek an exotic, colonial ambiance. The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Educational Theater Association filmed Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere in the town’s ancestral houses. In the 1980’s, American actor Tom Cruise pretended he was in Mexico while filming Born on the Fourth of July in Vigan. Three decades earlier, Hollywood movie outfit descended upon Vigan to film The Day of the Trumpet, starring John Agar. Vigan's ancient allure has become invaluable to set designers and to the townspeople hired as extras who appreciate the work as a source of extra cash and showbusiness gossip.

    Piety and commodity

    In the mid-1970s, however, Vigan acquired a significance for a reason other than its veneer of Old World charm: it became a tool in the cultural revivalism of the dictatorship of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

    The"Vigan house" emerged. The architecture and interior decor of the town's ancestral houses were replicated in newly-built school buildings and government edifices. Under the Marcoses, cultural resurgence was marked by the prominence of colonial artifacts, appropriately enough, as the rulers and their cronies had "colonized" the country's natural resources, including the national coffers, transforming them as it were, into their private encomiendas (fiefdoms).

    The moneyed developed an appetite for relics and antiques not just from Ilocos but also from any town with old mansions. Gaggles of Blue Ladies--Imelda Marcos' retinue of wealthy women, mainly wives of the Marcoses' friends and supporters--would flock to Vigan on weekends and gobble up the wares of local antique dealers.

    Churches all over Ilocos were increasingly robbed. Young antique dealers were dragged to court for stealing church relics. In one parish, the faithful suspected a couple of aging priests of illicitly trading in old statues. In the early 1980s, a worshipper who witnessed two men hauling down a figurine from a side altar of the St. Paul's Cathedral alerted a policeman who, when he promptly responded, died in a hail of bullets.

    Why was there such a craving for old relics and statuary? An antique dealer told me: first, whatever Imelda Marcos had on display in her houses, the Blue Ladies would covet something similar; second, the buyers liked to boast that they inherited the antiques from their grandparents. Such was the overweening fantasy of the Marcos cronies and nouveaux riches at the time.

    One former top provincial official found an ingenious way to indulge this endless desire for pseudo-heirlooms. A local sculptor claims that the official had commissioned him to carve replicas of old santos-- "enough to fill a viray (trading sailboat)," he admitted with pride--that found their way to Manila boutiques. The trade in ersatz artifacts satisfied everyone: the craftsman of made-to-order "antiques" was paid for his talent and the timeworn wood, and the entrepreneur turned a respectable profit from selling a steady supply of "santos" to interior decorators of the rich. Piety had little to do with this commodity.

    However, the Blue Ladies' "family heirloom" fantasy did do Vigan artisans some good. For instance, enterprising carpenters started crafting reproductions of old furniture, giving birth to Vigan woodcraft, which is no longer passed off as "antique." A Bigueño craftsman and artifact collector, Melanio Andino, persuaded certain clay potters of the town to diversify into making the dark red flooring known as "Vigan tile." He also got them to make terra cotta medallions and small figurines, which he used in his brisk macrame business. Meanwhile, the Vigan stoneware burnay jar became a ubiquitous ornament in plush Manila houses. The rich buyers even developed their own aesthetic, paying even more for the over-fired factory defect jars that had collapsed into grotesque shapes than for perfect ones.

    During the mild economic boom generated by the "Vigan house" and the Manila culturati's antiquarianism, more Bigueños began awakening to their cultural heritage. Ironically, they were spurred by non-Bigueños, the first of whom was a priest from Leyte, Leonardo Mercado, who formed the Ilocano Studies Association. As administrator of the Divine Word College of Vigan, he brought together teachers from various schools to publish a scholarly journal--a rare and vital intellectual adventure at the time.

    The National Museum under Godofredo Alcasid then organized a conference in Vigan, after which the Ayala Foundation bared its plan to turn the ancestral house of the martyred Padre Jose Burgos into a museum.

    If the Vigan intelligentia welcomed this move at the beginning, they were less appreciative when the Ayala Foundation declared it would move an important painting collection from the National Library branch in Vigan to the Burgos Museum. The collection was a series of 14 paintings of the Basi Revolt done in the early 1800s by Esteban Villanueva.

    Was the Ayala Foundation bent on laying its hands on these rare naif paintings? The Bigueños suspicions were bolstered by Manila-based art reviewers and art historians who churned out essays about the paintings as though they had been "discovered" at the same time the Burgos museum was set up.

    In fact, they had been on display at the National Library branch in Vigan since the 1950s. When local historian Pablo Ramirez (who had first been offered the management of the Burgos Museum) expressed diffidence over the possible transfer of ownership of the paintings, he found himself suddenly left out in the cold, and snubbed by the museum's eventual managers. A great grand niece of the Basi Revolt painter filed a court case as an heir, muddling the scenario further, and the issue remains unresolved.

    Once in a while I come across fragments of the phantasmagoria of the recent "discovery" of Villanueva's paintings by Manila's culture experts. At my ethnological exhibit at The Cultural Center of the Philippines entitled "Beddeng" (tracing the cultural confluence of the Ilocanos and Igorots), which included six of the original Basi Revolt paintings, David Baradas revealed that it was he who had "discovered" them for the Ayala Foundation, still rolled up in canvas parchment in a Vigan bodega.

    Taken aback, I asked him when he had found them. "Sometime in the mid-1970s," he replied. "Too late a discovery," I told him, incensed. "I was staring at them in the same narra frames displayed at the local library way back in the 1950s!"

    His claim immediately brought to mind the disclosure in the early 1970s by Ursula Villanueva, a niece of the painter, of a questionable act of an art restorer from a Manila cultural committee. He had repainted certain figures in a couple of paintings instead of repairing the slightly damaged spots. The male figures were originally garbed in tight-fitting war pants, but the restorer replaced them with thick, loose, floor-length garments with elaborately embroidered hems similar to the vestments of sacristans (altar boys).

    Dismayed, Ursula asked the painter why he had changed the costumes so drastically. His astounding reply was, "So they won't look primitive. The victorious Ilocanos must look better than the defeated Tingguianes."

    The significance of this counterfeit "restoration" job cannot be exaggerated or glossed over, especially now that self-styled culture experts from the metropolis have rediscovered a Vigan so stimulating to their imagination and neocolonial impulse. Certainly there are but a few like Fernando Zialcita of Ateneo University undertaking earnest research on the Vigan houses, with the help of some residents such as architect Fatima Rabang and Marjo V. Gasser, manager of the beautifully restored Villa Angela.

    "Pedigreed house"

    Like it or not, the heirloom-hunting safaris of Imelda and her courtiers brought Vigan a great deal of publicity. The antics of the Marcoses also focused the cultural spotlight on the Ilocos region as a whole. They constructed the palatial Malacañang Ti Amianan beside the scenic lake in Paoay. They formed their houses in Batac and Sarrat into grand mansions exuding the attenuated aura of Vigan's ancestral houses, complete with plaster artfully peeling off the walls.

    More significantly, Imelda acquired a historic house on a corner of Plaza Burgos in Vigan. In the mid-1970s, it was a favorite tale among Vigan's gossipmongers that Imelda's interest in acquiring a "pedigreed" house impelled the National Museum and the National Museum to undertake a cultural restoration program for the municipality's mestizo (half-breed) section.

    Simplistic mass media writers refer to this quarter as the "colonial" or, worse, "Hispanic" section. It was simply called the "Kasanglayan" or "Kamestizoan" district during the American colonial period. Both terms denote Chinese ancestry. It was customary then to be called Kastila even if one could not speak Castilian, so long as one displayed traces of Iberian blood. But the Spanish crossbreed was a rara avis in the Kasanglayan district, and even the Hispanic-sounding surname "Syquia," which some visitors too quickly presume to have come from Seville or Barcelona, comes from Sy Kia, the Sanglay (Chinese) who made a fortune in overseas trade.

    His portrait in the Syquia Mansion shows him in a flamboyant mandarin robe, his hair in a braid; he was clearly proud of his roots in an era when the Spanish friars held sway. And he spelled his name the Chinese way. Why his descendants chose to Hispanize it is an enigma of interest to cultural historians keen on studying the colonial gentry's dialectical somersaults between political camps.

    There are other Spanish-sounding names--Florendo, Florentino or Formoso--that have no Iberian origin, but are directly traceable to Chinese forebears. Bigueño folk historian Damaso King points out that a careful reading of the Libro de Bautismo shows that surnames starting with F refer to Chinese bloodline. Those beginning with A belong to the naturales (natives). One may hypothesize that the distinction was a code to make it easier for the friar or parish priest to determine who should pay more or less for the sacraments.

    Breeding ground for patriots

    A glance at the family tree of the poet Leona Florentino is instructive. The memorial plaque of her house states that Leona was a distant cousin of Jose Rizal. It is widely known that Rizal's family tree sprouts from Chinese roots on both maternal and paternal sides. Old documents bare that Leona and Rizal had a common ancestor in the person of a Chinese tax collector from Laguna. Efficient and loyal, the tax collector was appointed provincial treasurer of Ilocos. He became one of the wealthiest hidalgos (chiefs) in Vigan and built a house overlooking the main plaza. In a dialectical turnaround, his wealth sent Leona's son, Isabelo de los Reyes, to schools here and abroad where he imbibed progressive ideas. With his sharp wit and lucid language, de los Reyes reviled the colonial powers and championed the cause of Filipino sovereignty.

    At the turn of the century, the historical current that turned colonial wards into anti-colonial fighters swept through Vigan's gentry as they resisted the American invaders. Leona's grandchildren were at the forefront of this struggle, which took place not in the hills but in their neighborhood. The local Katipunan members helped the brigade commanded by General Manuel Tinio sneak into some houses before attacking the Americans at dawn, hoping to capture their armory.

    The message the American signal-men sent to their naval units offshore reads: Troops at Vigan attacked at 4 am, enemy penetrating city through, between outposts. Heavy fighting in buildings in public square..."

    Although the Filipino freedom fighter's attack was repulsed the following day, their valor was recounted by an American soldier, William Oliver Trafton. Her wrote in his diary:

    We did not get back to quarters as everyone was buying burying the dead and treating the wounded. Those around quarters fared worse than we did, for the main object of the attack was to get our ammunition and supplies. Some 300 natives had gained the old brick hospital and were pouring a deadly fire into our quarters . Bullets were coming in the doors and windows.

    The officers were afraid that they would hit the pile of cartridges and explode them, so the natives could see them. All of them were killed before they went 100 yards. One other got shelter behind a statue. Then all the rest of the boys centered on the hospital, and they almost shot it to pieces.

    They soon silenced it, and the survivors fled the backway. Epps and I never seen our comrades anymore; they were all wrapped in their blankets and buried before we came in late that eve.

    I have quoted extensively from Trafton’s memoir because it is dramatic and because it mentions old buildings figuring in the revolutionaries’ fight for freedom. It is a fitting end to my discussion on certain Vigan houses as breeding ground for patriots like Burgos, de los Reyes and many others, as well as poets, painters, and political leaders of national acclaim. In other words, there is more to the Vigan houses than exoticized Old World, ante bellum. Colonial charm that turns tourists’ eyes misty.

    Extolling patriotism

    And yet consider how the more intelligent and cosmopolitan visitors perceive the town’s legacy. Architect Augusto Villalon wrote in the Manila Chronicle: “Vigan has become the generic term for anything old and Hispano-Filipino. Today’s most extensive collection of colonial architecture stands in Vigan elevating the quiet Ilocano City as the unofficial national symbol of Spanish Colonial Heritage…”

    While Villalon’s rhapsodic opinion is partly true, particularly as it rest on the clusters of ancestral houses, it would make Padre Burgos and his compañeros bravos turn in their graves or shock Leona back to life and into reciting her satirical verses about the prudery and vainglory of colonial-era social life.

    Beyond a doubt, Vigan was a bastion of Hispanic power and rituals for several centuries. But it was also the setting for the Free Ilocos Revolt in the 1760s led by Diego and Gabriela Silang. A century later, it gave birth to a generation of anticolonial fighters. Even the town’s Major Seminary (just a pile of rubble now) had molded the minds and ignited the fervor of Fr. Gregorio Aglipay and several other priest who later comprised the hierarchy of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

    To regard Vigan as a “national symbol of Spanish colonial heritage” at the very least repudiates the historic fact that many who dwelled in the old houses fought colonial domination and cast away the subjugated consciousness that perpetuated injustice. Villalon might revise his retrogressive view of Vigan history and legacy if he reads what the Bigueños engraved on the marker of Padre Burgos’s monument, which curses all oppressors and extols the patriotism of all who fought for freedom. Bigueños also made clear what they think when they transformed the Spanish-built monument of the mercenary Vicos, Silang’s treacherous assassin, to immortalize instead Silang’s bravery.

    Obviously there is much more than meets the eye of transients and passersby, even as they revel in artifacts and colonial-vintage scenery. It is myopic and naïve to reduce a people’s heritage to brick-wood-stone structures while utterly disregarding the beliefs, traditions and self-destiny-what is often called the “soul”- of a community. It is a gross insult and a grave act of injustice to exploit the legacy of material culture for a self-indulgent fantasy that mythologizes valorously a regime repudiated by the townsfolk since the Silang-led revolt more than two centuries ago.

    Pan-Asia trade

    Bambi Harper, culture columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer, waxed lyrical when her interest in Vigan leaped beyond the visual and into the imaginative realm: “The clip-clop of horses’ hooves punctuates the silence in the same way they did 400 years ago when Juan de Salcedo founded the town, christening her Ciudad Fernandina.

    Such extrapolative vision amounts to nothing more than a travesty of history and continually way of life. It is another extravagant exotization of the past, if not lavish idolatry of the conquistadors, to make them the founding fathers of thriving precolonial settlements that they pillaged and razed.

    What is aggravating in Harper's single paragraph is the multiple errors of fact, never mind the lack of cultural context. For one, a traveler in Vigan may hear the horse's hooves clip-clopping if he were riding in a calesa; but in the ubiquitous tricycle, he would be deafened by the motor's roar, even before dawn. Second, Salcedo founded a villa, not a ciudad, which was of course an impossibility at that time. Third, he did not establish Vigan; he conquered it. Fourth, it happened 424 years ago; a duration of one generation matters much historically.

    The chronicles of Chau Ju-Kua (1225) and Pigafetta (1521), and historical writings from de Morga to O.D. Corpuz and Zeus Salazar document that pre-Hispanic trade settlements were already thriving along various coasts of the archipelago, interlinked with the pan-Asian trade via sailboats. Pigafetta noted that in Cebu, the scales for weighing gold were similar to those used in European trade posts.

    Even a cursory reading of Corpuz's The Roots of the Filipino Nation yields these vital facts: Juan de Salcedo had to give chase to Sanglay sampans off Ilocos before plundering the trade settlement of Vigan; that Vigan existed before the Spaniards raided it is self-evident; it was the modus operandi of conquerors at the time to take over prime settlements that would serve as their sanctuary and base for expansion. In brief, being a conquistador is unlike being a pilgrim aboard the Mayflower.

    Corpuz cites a document in the Mexican archives expressing grave concern over Salcedo's violent raids against the Ilocos villages and the ability of the decimated population to replenish itself by the next generation. The colonizers were worried about who would provide the Spanish forces their subsistence, who would pay tribute to the King, who would work the gold mines.

    To cut through the maze of misimpression regarding the "founding" of Vigan by Salcedo, it is helpful to refer to an economic survey done by Loarca, one of Salcedo's soldiers, which noted that "not far from Vigan is the settled town of Fernandina." Another early document --"Report of Saleable Offices" (yes, colonial administrative positions went to the highest bidder)--further described the relationship between Vigan and Salcedo's Villa. The Villa had become so "unhealthy a region" on account of a plague. Although it was the main garrison for the entire encomienda of Salcedo, and the hub of the gold trade with the Tinggians, few cared to stay there. Its officials preferred Vigan where creature comforts and a variety of goods were more available owing to the traditional trade among Ilocano naturales, Tinggian or Itneg settlers, and traders from China, Japan and other Asian emporiums.

    The decadence of the Villa was confirmed by Loarca when he noted that "...at the coming of Limahon, Fernandina was plundered, and there remains now one alcalde mayor with 20 or 30 Spaniards who usually dwell there as if in banishment." Hence, the Villa, plundered and ravaged by the plague, was eventually annexed to the older and more flourishing town of Vigan. Vigan had caught Salcedo's interest precisely because it was lucratively and strategically positioned as an entrepot between maritime commerce and the retail trade with the hinterlands via the Abra river.

    Reckless fantasy

    Perhaps this roundabout incursion into the chronicles of the past will allow the present generation of travelers, advocates and kibitzers a full, lively and contextual awareness of local and national heritage. For if the intelligentsia's resurgent obsession is to consolidate the longings and plans for a cultural renaissance--for the sake of our self-esteem or for cultural tourism or even just to deepen our awareness of our artifacts (so as to cherish them better or price them higher) --we must, first of all, know the past as a continuous contention of forces leading to the present. Otherwise, we end mythologizing our relics, distorting history or deluding ourselves, in the same way the cultural "experts" of previous generations handed down to us more enigmas and less enlightenment.

    It is not entirely the fault of the advocates of the Vigan restoration program that they discern mainly the colonial fact encrusted in brick walls and statuary when, in fact, the houses, heirlooms and traditions of the Bigueños have evoleved slowly and steadily out of the coupling of cultures, as well as diverse economic and political forces.

    For instance, the Itnegs brought the gold dust; the Ilocanos and Chinese artisans crafted them into fine jewelry, and filigree for church decor. Chinese artisans introduced burnay stoneware manufacturing techniques; the Ilocanos supplied the clay and labor; and the Itnegs bought them for storing rice, seeds, water or for fermenting basi, the sugarcane wine. Even santo woodcraft, according to the files of the Sadidaya group of artists and researchers, was first done by settlers from China. As for the ancestral houses, most of the ancestors were Sanglay merchants.

    This concourse of forces and settlers can easily be misconstrued as "Hispanic" or "colonial" not only because it occurred in that era, but also because the Manila culture czars imposed their self-delusion on the history and landmarks of Vigan. For instance, the marker placed on St. Paul's Cathedral by the Philippine Historical Committee in 1949 states in part"...a chapel of wood and thatch erected on this site, 1574, by order of Juan de Salcedo, the conquistador and founder of Villa Fernandina, after which Vigan was first called..."

    And thus was an outright lie enshrined as official truth for all time. Documentary history was supplanted by the reckless fantasy of the Philippines Historical Committee which implied that Vigan did not exist before the conquistadors plundered the settlement. The bewildering assertion of the Philippines Historical Committee plaque is the source of various tall tales in Vigan, inspired by either colony-centric self-mystification or plain sales talk.

    Lesson

    A prominent Bigueño regaled art historian Regalado Trota Jose with the story that the expertly carved santo in the family altar had come from Europe, although he could cite no artist's name, no date of creation and no place of origin. Jose's careful research revealed that the exquisite statue was by Isabelo Tampinco, the Sanglay-Filipino sculptor whose fame rose at the turn of the century.

    Is the statue a lesser part of Filipino art and heritage if authenticated as a Tampinco original and not of European provenance as claimed by the Bigueño owner?

    Maybe there is a lesson here for visitors and researchers who wish to know the real memories and cultural dynamics of Vigan, who wish to help restore what is worthwhile, and who wish to clear away the cobwebs, including those befuddling the mind.

    Link: http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about_cultarts/articles.php?artcl_Id=71
    - Animo, 7 years ago
  • Its called Villa Angela and maruja was filmed in that place. I have no idea what that movie is but that's what it say's in that person's detail of this photo. :)
    thanks animo.
    - mhe-ann, 7 years ago
  • In terms of colonial structures what other city still has its Spanish flare?

    Bais, Oriental Negros...hmmm to some extent even Dumaguete, although more like American-Spanish mixture.
    - ritche, 7 years ago
  • Sorry, I posted on the wrong thread...
    - JAMAICUS, 7 years ago
  • thanks animo.

    De nada (Your welcome). ;)

    Bais, Oriental Negros...hmmm to some extent even Dumaguete, although more like American-Spanish mixture.

    Thanks! I'll try to look for photos. :)
    - Animo, 7 years ago
  • no mac-do though, please, it's gross and we need to put our own first!
    meron na po mcdo,jollibbee n chowking,
    tabe ng municipio goin plaza
    - cheersmate, 7 years ago
  • have you? tried flying to Vigan domestic airport?

    Cos most tourists would either take a 6-7 hour bus ride/drive from Manila to Vigan. OR take the plane to Laoag and then drive south to Vigan.
    loads of chinese-eyed people arrive in buses from laoag..
    vigan is very much a tourist's place nowadays..ive seen some westerners already,w/ their fil wives of course..n an american couple from manila.
    if coming from manila..much better to travel at night as it only take 5-6 hrs journey..get the de-luxe ones asthey're more comfy..much better than economy sa plane..only a couple of hundred pesos difference.. :cheers:
    - cheersmate, 7 years ago
  • Let's put up some more pics..

    VIGAN MUSEUMS AND OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST *Not to be missed


    1. Crisologo Museum

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/crisologomuseo.jpg


    2. Burgos House and Museum (Birthplace of Martyr Priest Jose P. Burgos)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/burgosmuseum.jpg


    3. Arzobispado de Nueva Segovia (Archbishop's Palace--Vigan was the seat of Nueva Segovia Diocese)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/nuevasegovia.jpg


    4. Syquia Mansion (house of wealthy Chinese Mestizo Bigueño Tomas Syquia)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/syquiabldg.jpg
    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/syquia.jpg


    5. Quirino House (Birthplace of Pres. Elpidio Quirino)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/quirinohouse.jpg
    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/quirino.jpg


    6. Baluarte de Gov. Singson (Gov. Chavit Singson's Manson and Zoo)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/baluarte.jpg


    7. Capitolio ti Ilocos Sur (Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol -- Vigan is the capital of Ilocos Sur)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/capitol.jpg


    8. Ciudad Fernandina Souvenir and Antique Shop

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/ciudadfernandina.jpg


    9. Vigan Bell Tower (outside downtown Mestizo district atop a hill)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/vigantower.jpg



    10. Quirino Bridge (20 kms south of Vigan, a welcome treat to visitors from Manila)

    http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a328/nomdeusuario/vigan012.jpg



    MANILA LOVES VIGAN!
    don't forget the church tower of bantay..
    it's in ur right minutes before entering vigan..
    considered the most famous church tower in the area if anyone have seen ANG PANDAY..dunno w/c of them thu
    - cheersmate, 7 years ago
  • De nada (Your welcome). ;)



    Thanks! I'll try to look for photos. :)

    Animo, another philippine city which still looks like Vigan.. full of old houses mansions etc.. is Silay city in Negors Occidental..

    it is also called the Paris of Negros, and a lot of its houses has already been declared by the National historical institute as hertate structures...
    - BYAHILO, 7 years ago
  • queston po...


    How many hours by bus from laoag. how much yung bus fare.

    and where po may murang accomodation sa Vigan? I will be travelling to Ilocos alone. and on a shoestring budget.

    help naman po jan.

    thanks!


    Eric
    http://www.byahilo.com
    - BYAHILO, 7 years ago
  • This is where Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, stayed during the filming of "Born on the Fourth of July". The films "Jose Rizal", "Gumising Ka Maruja", "Noli Me Tangere" and the teleserye "Ana Karenina" were also shot here.

    Link: http://www.philtours.com/viganvillaang_more.html
    tom cruise et al did stay in villa angela..thu my friend said mas gwapo ung PA nya kesa sa kanya lol!
    anyone goin on top of st. augustine's belfry..check out the mountians..
    see if u can see the sleeping beauty as we call it..
    clue: looks preggy ang dateng,
    have fun! :cheers:
    - cheersmate, 6 years ago
  • queston po...


    How many hours by bus from laoag. how much yung bus fare.

    and where po may murang accomodation sa Vigan? I will be travelling to Ilocos alone. and on a shoestring budget.

    help naman po jan.

    thanks!


    Eric
    http://www.byahilo.com
    depends how u travel..go ka ba batac pa?
    if not 2 hrs,more or less..mura lang fare siguro,dunno if aabot P200.
    dunno bout accomodation..look ka s earlier thread here,
    or wen u get there,ask around,very helpful naman mga tao don..
    konting ingat,have fun!
    - cheersmate, 6 years ago
  • depends how u travel..go ka ba batac pa?
    if not 2 hrs,more or less..mura lang fare siguro,dunno if aabot P200.
    dunno bout accomodation..look ka s earlier thread here,
    or wen u get there,ask around,very helpful naman mga tao don..
    konting ingat,have fun!


    thanks!!!
    - BYAHILO, 6 years ago
  • ericd001
    meron accomodation sa UNP,univ of northern phil
    dunno bout the cost..am sure mura lang don..
    - cheersmate, 6 years ago
  • any ideas people in what business to start in vigan,
    something that caters to teens,young adults esp those coming abroad?
    they get bored after a day 0r 2 tsk, tsk..
    most tourists stay only for a day as well,or even half-day then go somewhere else,
    the idea is a 2-3 days stay..
    for ex.
    D1 - sightseeing
    D2 - swimming/rock climbing/etc.
    live bands 2x/wk - evenings
    - cheersmate, 6 years ago
  • ^^Siguro pang day-trip lang talaga ang Vigan, there are so many historical towns in Europe that are aimed at day trippers only.

    Or you could create a luxurious retreat ala The Farm at San Benito and some spas and you could turn Vigan into a cultural retreat! Since Vigan is really not Zaragoza or Barcelona, maybe you could just please visitors by Spas, Hotels and luxurious retreat places.
    - OtAkAw, 6 years ago
  • By Mozart Pastrano / Mindanews / 15 May 2006

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- A theatre group from Romania will give drama workshops and performances in Cagayan de Oro City this week.

    This international cultural exchange is part of the 2006 World Festival of Drama Schools, one of the events in the biennial Congress of the UNESCO's International Theatre Institute (UNESCO-ITI), which the Philippine Government is hosting this month. In more than 70 years of the ITI, this is the first time that the Congress is held in Southeast Asia.

    The Romanian threatre group is coming to Cagayan de Oro through the auspices of Liceo de Cagayan University, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Tourism, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and other sponsors,.

    The delegation of five students, two teachers, and four directors from the National University of Dramatic Art and Cinematography "I.L. Caragiale" in Romania is the lead delegation in the UNESCO-ITI Congress, since it is headed by Corneliu Dumitriu, UNESCO Chair for the ITI.

    On their arrival on Wednesday, May 17, the Romanian delegation will be welcomed with an intimate lunch reception hosted by Dr. Rafaelita Pelaez-Golez at her residence, the Casa Blanca, inside Liceo U's main campus.

    At 3 p.m., the visitors will be presented in a brief program and press conference at the Limketkai Mall rotonda.

    The Opening Ceremonies will start at 7 p.m. at the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental. This will be simultaneously telecast on nationwide TV, together with similar events in Baguio City (delegation from India), Santiago City (South Africa), Munoz City (Burkina Fasso), Legazpi City (China), Iloilo City (Ukraine), Puerto Princesa City (Ukraine), Vigan City (Peru), Zamboanga City (Mexico), and Davao City (Iran).

    From the opening rites, the guests will troop to the second floor lobby of the Provincial Capitol for a dinner of native Filipino dishes hosted by Governor Oscar S. Moreno and the Art, Culture, and Tourism Council of Misamis Oriental.

    On May 18, the Romanian delegation will conduct a series of workshops for advanced theatre modules at the Liceo Civic Center. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with a registration fee of P300. The workshop sessions are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with meal breaks in between.

    On May 19, the following cultural interactions are slated at Rodelsa Hall at Liceo's main campus: Conference on theatre themes delivered by the Romanian delegation, 2:30 p.m.; Video presentations by the National University of Dramatic Art and Cinematography "I.L. Caragiale" in Romania, 4:30 p.m.; Forum on cultural partnerships, 6 p.m.

    The highlight of this international cultural exchange is a performance by the Romanian delegation at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Rodelsa Hall. Tickets to this exclusive performance are at P50 each but workshop participants enjoy free admission.

    For details and reservations, please call up the Office of Cultural and Public Affairs, Liceo de Cagayan University at tel. nos. 8574093 to 95 local 249.
    - Animo, 6 years ago
  • any ideas people in what business to start in vigan,
    something that caters to teens,young adults esp those coming abroad?
    they get bored after a day 0r 2 tsk, tsk..
    most tourists stay only for a day as well,or even half-day then go somewhere else,
    the idea is a 2-3 days stay..
    for ex.
    D1 - sightseeing
    D2 - swimming/rock climbing/etc.
    live bands 2x/wk - evenings

    hmm... ano nga ba... mejo boring nga sa vigan. one-day lan trip nga lan. kaya nga ng half-day. ok un live bands. ok din un suggestion ni otakaw na cultural retreat. :)
    - mhe-ann, 6 years ago
  • hmm... ano nga ba... mejo boring nga sa vigan. one-day lan trip nga lan. kaya nga ng half-day. ok un live bands. ok din un suggestion ni otakaw na cultural retreat. :)
    westin plaza have these cultural dances every night..
    the venue is really cool so their guests just eat & watch at the same time..
    it got it's own appeal that they don't need to go out at night..
    it's possible in vigan..can be a reason to stay overnight..
    but that is something for the cultural committees to decide..or hotel mgt to offer..
    am thinking more of a day stuff..things to do before or after sightseeing.
    that people would want to do when going to vigan..
    or what bakasyonistas can still do in their free time..
    my cousins in mla just go to the beach..
    there must be somethin more hmmm..
    - cheersmate, 6 years ago
  • Any list of hotels in VIGAN? :D
    - shadow_can2003, 5 years ago
  • shadow, check below site and the list of hotels. post # 228 of this thread. :)

    Check this site too: http://www.geocities.com/vigansite/
    Go to the tourism section.

    I hope you have a great time. :cheers:

    Accommodations

    Ancestral houses turned into cozy hotels and pensiones to cater to the billeting requirements of visitors feature a unique ambiance. Resorts outside the poblacion are alternative accommodations in rural settings.

    R.F. ANICETO MANSION HOTEL

    Address: near Plaza Burgos
    Contact Person: Mrs. Florecita Aniceto at (077)-722-2383/fax: 722-2384
    Facilities: *Air con/ *CATV/ *Private Toilet & Bath/ *Receiving Room/*Function Room/ *Souvenir Shop


    VIGAN HOTEL

    Address: Burgos St. east of St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
    Contact Person: Oscar Villanueva Jr. at (077)-722-2588
    Facilities: *Air con/ *CATV/ *Hot Shower/ *Parking Space/ *High PressureRunning water/ *Receiving Room


    LA FELIZA TOURIST INN

    Address: # 8 V. delos Reyes St.
    Contact Person: John-John De Leon at (077)-722-2994
    Facilities: *Air con/ *Fan Cooled Room/ *Parking Space/ *Private Toilet & Bath/*CATV


    GRANDPA’S INN

    Address: # 1 Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd.
    Contact Person: Jose Pasimio, Jr. at (077)-722-2118/fax: 722-1446
    Email: grandpa@skynet.net
    Facilities: *Air con/ *Fan Cooled Room/ *CATV/ *Parking Space/ *Receiving Room/ *Souvenir Shop


    MOMS COURTYARD

    Address: Bongtolan, Vigan
    Contact Person: Rod Arde. at (077)-722-2105
    Facilities: *Air con cottages/ *Fan Cooled Cottages/ *Swimming pool/ *Parking Area/ *Bar and restaurant/ *Conference Hall/ *Wedding Reception Facility/ *Private Toilet & Bath


    SOCIO-PASTORAL CENTER

    Address: besides the Archbishop Palace
    Contact: (077)-722-1442
    Facilities: *Air con/ *Fan Cooled Room/ *Parking space/ *Receiving Room/ *Function Room/ *Souvenir Shop/ *Common Toilet & Bath


    VILLA ANGELA HERITAGE HOUSE

    Address: Quirino Blvd.
    Contact: Marjo Gasser at (077)722-2914
    Facilities: *Air con room/ *Receiving area/ *Parking area/ *Mini-function hall/
    *Convention / Workshop Facility/ *Souvenir shop/ *Private Toilet & Bath


    CORDILLERA INN

    Address: along Crisologo St., Vigan, Ilocos Sur
    Contact: (077)-722-2727
    Facilities: *Air con/ *Fan Cooled Room/ *Receiving Room/ *Bar and restaurant/*Private Toilet & Bath/ *CATV


    GORDION INN

    Address: V. delos Reyes St.
    Contact Person: Joy Alcantara at (077)-722-2526
    Email: Gordion@mozcom.com
    Facilities: *Air con Rooms/ *CATV/ *Hot and cold water/ *Digetel Booth/ *Parking space/ *Receiving room/ *Souvenir shop


    FERNANDINA HOTEL & RESTAURANT

    Address: 26 A. Mabini St., Vigan, Ilocos Sur
    Contact Person: Ramon Encarnacion at (077)-722-2964
    Facilities: *Air con/ *Parking area/ *Common toilet & bath/ *High pressure water/*Receiving Room/ *Mini-sala/ *Conference Hall/ *Fresh-air area with rocking chair


    EL JULIANA HOTEL

    Address: # 5 Liberation Blvd. Cor Quirino Blvd., Vigan
    Contact Person: Ed Bagay at (077)-722-2994/09123508350
    Facilities: *Air con rooms/ *CATV/ *Parking space/ *Private toilet and bath/ *Receiving area/ *Swimming Pool/ *Mini-conference room/ *Terrace (smoking area)/ *High pressure water
    - mhe-ann, 5 years ago
  • photo of vigan...
    http://images.kodakgallery.com/photos1888/3/46/11/33/3/7/703331146305_0_ALB.jpg
    - Rodel, 5 years ago
  • VIGAN CITY -- Tobacco farmers’ groups here last Saturday pledged their all-out support to the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban after the latter launched a program for the continued upliftment of the tobacco industry.

    Carlos Cachola, president of the Philippines Association of Tobacco-Based Cooperatives (PATCO) – the country’s biggest tobacco farmer’s organization, said that Secretary Panganiban has been "aggressively" pushing the interests of local tobacco growers so they can get better prices for their produce.

    He cited Panganiban’s initiative to alleviate the condition f the farmers after freak rains destroyed their harvestible tobacco crops early this year.

    Meanwhile, Sixto Garcia , chairman of Buklod ng Mga Magtatanim ng Tabako (BUMANAT), described Panganiban as a "true blue" agriculture chief and "who is a pro-farmer by heart."

    He also cited how, in collaboration with the National Tobacco Administration headed by Carlitos Encarnacion, Panganiban helped in providing distressed tobacco farmers with alternative livelihood through a government-financed vegetable production project.

    Andy Reyes, PATCO vice president, said: "We hope we will have him for a long time." (Freddie G. Lazaro)

    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/05/22/PROV2006052264666.html
    - Animo, 5 years ago
  • By FREDDIE G. LAZARO

    VIGAN CITY - City officials and employees of this "world heritage city" paid tribute yesterday to its illustrious son, Don Isabelo de los Reyes, the father of Philippine labor union movement.

    It highlighted the observance of the Labor Day here.

    Vigan City Mayor Ferdinand C. Medina led the wreath-laying at the foot of a marker of the Don Belong located on Mena Crisologo St.

    "The wreath laying at the marker of Don Belong is done every May 1, coinciding with the Viva Vigan Festival, to give importance not only to his achievement as father of labor union but also to honor the workers in the country, particularly those in Vigan City – the birthplace of Don Belong," Medina said.

    Inspired by Don Belong’s work as labor leader, Medina’s administration in the cooperation with various government agencies is now promoting job opportunities for Vigan residents by conducting trainings to sharpen the skills of the people on livelihood.

    "Although the City of Vigan has a high employment rate, we continuously uplift the workers’ skills in an effort to meet demand for skilled manpower here and abroad," he said.

    "At present, we’re conducting the "eskwela talyer" to enhance the skills in carpentry and masonry of the Biguenos," he said.

    Remembering Don Belong, the mayor noted that he was well known when he organized the first trade union in the country, the Union de Impresores de Filipinas in 1902.

    On the same year, he established the Union Obrera Democratica, the Philippines’ first labor federation.

    Don Belong, who was born on July 7, 1864 in Vigan, was not only a labor leader and an organizer, but also a journalist, scholar, historian, folklorist, and like his eminent mother, Leona Florentino, a well known poet.

    Don Belong’s ancestral house is located beside the Plaza Florentino, where the statue of her mother is erected. Florentino was an internationally recognized satirist and poet when women writers were still unheard of in the country.

    Historian Teodoro Agoncillo said Don Belong is significant in the Philippine history for three important achievements -- a propagandist of the revolutionary cause, founder of the UOD and cofounder, together with Bishop Gregorio Aglipay, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

    In 1902 de los Reyes and his followers, including cigar makers, tailors, mechanics, lithographers and printers gathered at Plaza Moriones in Tondo, Manila and held the first organized celebration of May 1 as Labor Day. On April 8, 1908, a law was enacted making May 1 a national holiday.

    Don Belong was a top writer, having written works such as Historia de Ilocos, El Folklore Filipinas, Independencia y Revolution, Las Islas Visayas en la Epoca de la Conquista, La Expedicion de and Li-Mahong contra Filipinas en 1574.

    Don Belong was elected as senator in 1922, beating rising Congressman Elpidio Quirino, also of Vigan, who would later become president of the Philippines.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/05/02/PROV2006050262900.html
    - Animo, 5 years ago
  • VIGAN VIGAN MAHAL KONG VIGAN!!! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
    - MAXTON, 5 years ago
  • VIGAN VIGAN MAHAL KONG VIGAN!!! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
    u can still study chinese now..think ure too old for that hey?
    to learn another language is cool..
    make sure u wont sound like one though..no offense :cheers:
    - cheersmate, 5 years ago
  • NOTWITHSTANDING Spanish successes in subjugating the Ilocos region after 1571, the Ilocanos continued to defy colonial rule. Diego Silang’s rebellion was the most dangerous of the various Ilocano armed attempts to topple colonial rule, failing only because of the treachery of Silang’s two friends Miguel Vicos and Pedro Becbec who assassinated him on May 28, 1763.

    Friars described Diego Baltazar Silang y Adaya as a man of unusual ability and high intelligence, a wise, sagacious, educated and brave man speaking excellent Castillian. Born in Aringay, La Union, on December 16, 1730, Diego Silang served the parish priest of Vigan who sent him to Manila on many occasions. His frequent travels between Vigan and Manila enabled Silang to befriend many and learn the sad plight of the people under colonial rule. He sympathized with their plight and began to entertain ideas about to solve their sufferings. He launched his rebellion on December 14, 1762, when he proclaimed the independence of his people and the government of Free Ilocos. His revolt was fueled by the many native grievances against colonial rule, his belief in the capacity of the inhabitants to govern themselves, and his determination to put the administration of the church and government in the hands of trained Ilocano officials.

    Diego Silang was a good administrator and an energetic military leader. His policies were pro-people and he appointed native civil and military officials who were men of merit and acceptable to the people.

    Revolutionary hero Don Isabelo de los Reyes called Diego Silang "one of the most important figures who illumined the annals of the Filipino people." Contemporary studies about Diego Silang and his movement conclude that he was Ilocandia’s foremost hero who contributed significantly to the formation of a national consciousness among the Filipino people, especially the awareness of a common Filipino identity. His program of government aimed to eliminate the Spaniards and principalia as oppressors and create a society favorable to the people. His programs promoting cooperation among the various inhabitants of Central and Northern Luzon highlighted the need for unity in order to be successful in their goals. His attempts to make the people participate in the affairs of their church and government antedated the secularization and reform movements of Father Burgos and Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/05/28/OPED2006052865267.html
    - Animo, 5 years ago
  • Dr. Florangel R Braid

    THE visit of Unesco’s Director-general, Koichiro Matsuura again places focus on Unesco, the UN agency mandated to provide policy directions in education, science and technology, social and human sciences, culture and communication. Dr. Matsuura was here on a two-day visit primarily to address cultural leaders from various countries who are here to attend the International Theatre Institute’s Congress. Last Monday, he was conferred a doctorate in laws, honoris causa during a solemn investiture by the University of Santo Tomas. Earlier, a luncheon with Unesco commissioners was given in his honor by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo. The latter is also the chairman of the Unesco National Commission of the Philippines.


    DG Matsuura’s visit is significant in the light of the reforms being undertaken such as Education for All, Education for Lifelong learning and innovations in basic, higher, teacher and technical-vocational education, Information for All, and the other flagship programs. In his consultation with some Cabinet secretaries, Matsuura discussed how Unesco, working with global movements such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Summit in Information Society, and several environmental initiatives, he underscored the importance of international and local partnerships between government, industry, international organizations and civil society in responding to the MDGs — combating poverty, illiteracy, HIV-AIDS and malaria, access to schooling and health care, environmental threats, gender equality, among others. Over the past sixty years since it was established, Unesco had responded to priority global issues through policy, research and field projects. They include the selection, preservation, and conservation of World Heritage sites (which include the Banawe Rice terraces, Vigan Church, San Agustin Tubbataha Reef and Palawan’s Underground River, Miag-ao Church, and soon, Batanes), intangible heritage found in our oral heritage of songs and poetry, community learning and media centers, training of journalists, documentation of knowledge through information and retrieval systems, the Memory of the World Project, promotion of cultural diversity and dialogue among civilizations, sustainable development initiatives in such critical resources as water, renewable energy, human rights, policies on bioethics, and the deployment of its expertise in improving governance. It has encouraged excellence in its field of competence through annual prizes to deserving individuals and institutions. A need that was expressed by our local National Commission is that of developing a model on integration and collaboration among the five sectors. This means that all the flagship programs would work together, sharing expertise in the implementation of projects in order to achieve greater impact.

    All its program thrusts today are carried out in support of its Medium-Term Development goals which are the eradication of poverty and the use of information and communication technologies in constructing a knowledge society. DG Mastuura, an avowed supporter of freedom of expression regularly monitors the state of media freedom in the country. During the past few years, he had been issuing regular statements deploring the senseless killing of journalists in the country. It is ironic that on the last day of his visit, a well-known broadcast journalist and former vice mayor in Palawan was gunned down. Earlier this week, a photojournalist from Caloocan was also killed.

    DG Matsuura who is now on his second term of office (he was elected recently without any opposing candidate) realizes that to accomplish these challenges, the following reforms are crucial — results based programming on the basis of field-based development indicators, monitoring and evaluation, decentralization, and continuing consultations with the 192 Member States in planning programme and budget.

    Today, in our country and all over the world, Unesco’s relevance is demonstrated through its timely and dynamic interventions in meeting the most critical and urgent problems — conflict among cultures, social, economic, digital and cultural divides, and illiteracy, all of which are within its field of competence.

    Please e-mail me at florbraid@yahoo.com
    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/05/24/OPED2006052464846.html
    - Animo, 5 years ago
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    - Rodel, 4 years ago
  • inside the vigan cathedral...

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    - Rodel, 4 years ago
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    who were they waiting for?VIP? :cheers:
    - cheersmate, 4 years ago
  • baka parade ng kung ano. :D
    - mhe-ann, 4 years ago
  • there was a festival in vigan (with street dancing)...apr 29, 2006. i'll try to post pictures of such.
    - Rodel, 4 years ago
  • VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gave the go-ahead signal today for the implementation of five major projects which will form part of the government’s North Luzon Agri-Business Quadrangle development strategy.

    These projects are:

    1. The Ilocos Sur Special Economic Zone and Freeport at the Salomague port in Cabugao, this province. The facility is expected to spur Luzon’s economic growth and boost trade and other commercial exchanges between the Philippines and its Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) neighbors.

    2. The Multiline Productivity and Growth Thru Marketing Assistance (Multiline-PGMA). This newly reopened project will cater to the farmers’ needs for a venue where they would be able to buy all their agri-business needs.

    3. The Suyo-Cervantes Circumferential Road that will connect the entire upland communities of Ilocos Sur to Regions 1 and 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

    4. The Ilocos Sur-Banaoang Irrigation System that will irrigate initially 10,000 hectares of land; and

    5. The installation of enviro rubber blocks made of Combulec in Ilocos Sur’s rivers and coastal towns to help create environmentally sound seawalls and reverine embankments to contain soil erosion and strengthen flood-control measures.

    All these five projects were initiated by Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson.

    Singson said that the five projects are urgently needed to bolster business and economic activities, as well as tourism in Ilocos Sur.

    The President, whose Ilocos Sur visit coincided with the 65th birthday of the governor, said she expects to be kept posted on the progress of the five projects.

    Before proceeding to Baluarte Salindeg, the governor’s residence in Vigan City, the President inaugurated the R10-million Vigan police building at Poblacion.

    The new structure, which has a total floor area of 582 square meters, sits on a 1,000-square meter lot of the city government. The building was designed to look like an old Spanish building.

    Assisting the President during the ribbon cutting ceremonies were Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Arturo Lomibao and Vigan City Police Chief Supt. Maximo Torricer.

    At noon, the President had a private lunch with the birthday celebrator and several guests of the governor, including Ilocos Sur Vice Gov. Deogracias Savellano, Abra Gov. Vicsyd Valera, Ilocos Sur 1st District Rep. Salacnib Baterina, and Quezon City 1st District Rep. Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo.

    From Baluarte Salindeg, the President proceeded to the Gabriela Silang General Hospital in Barangay Tamag to inspect the newly installed computerized axial tomography or computed tomography scan (CT-Scan) machine.

    The CT-scan facility was acquired through the financial assistance of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), which shelled out close to R30 million for the facility.

    The President flew back to Malacañang after her visit to the Gabriela Silang hospital. (Freddie Lazaro)

    http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/06/23/PROV2006062367534.html
    - Animo, 4 years ago
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    This is the oldest Spanish Era house along the Heritage Village street.

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    - Animo, 2 years ago
  • hello peeps

    i was in vigan last week (ppost ko lang pics ko sa monday) and i was shocked to see motocycles being parked in front of the shops along calle crisologo. di ba bawal motorized vehicles dito???

    nakakasira ng beauty

    I went to the Vigan Heritage administration office to report this matter. Their office is open, but nobody was there. =(

    so i emailed the Heritage conservation society, afterwhich my mail was forwarded to Ambeth Ocampo of the National Historical Institute.

    unfortunately, wala pa rin akong naririnig na updates about this...
    - BYAHILO, 2 years ago
  • huh? bawal ba motorcycles talaga? me nakita din kami nun nagpunta kami jan, pero ndi naman madami. saka madaming mga teeners ang nagi-scooter. wala naman daw nanghuhuli dun sa mga bata.

    @animo, nice find. ganda talaga jan. guess what, I'm now wearing my Vigan shirt. :D
    - mhe-ann, 2 years ago
  • ACTIVE ANG THREAD NATO HA!!!
    NICE!!!
    I really love Vigan guyz!!!
    my father is from Vigan.. umuuwi kami yearly...
    I miss the place. especially yung Empanada tsaka Royal Bibingka!
    - rage@cebu, 2 years ago
  • Those are LOVELY pictures!
    - OtAkAw, 2 years ago
  • ang alam ko bawal mga motorized vehicles mag traverse ng kahabaan ng calle crisologo.

    di nga nag tra traverse.. naka parking lang... hell.. nasisira ang ganda ng vigan.


    ill post a pic soon to support this claim.. nasa office ko naiwan kasi ang CD. i jaz hope that Vigan Heritage admin will take action on these.

    neways na report ko na to sa national historical institure at heritage conservation society
    - BYAHILO, 2 years ago
  • By Belinda A. Aquino
    Inquirer
    Last updated 06:14am (Mla time) 07/30/2006

    Published on page A11 of the July 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur—Jean Miralao, executive director of the Philippine Social Science Council, and I are at present in the Ilocos region in connection with a lecture series on the Filipino Centennial in Hawaii, which is sponsored by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Being native Ilocanas (Jean from Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, and I from La Union), we feel very much at home here.

    But there is also much in Ilocano culture that we are just discovering—probably, things we took for granted in the distant past. We both agree this is no longer the Ilocos of our youth. The landscape has changed dramatically, both socially and environmentally. The most jarring change is the endless whirr and drone of motorized pedicabs, now the most common form of transportation in most towns.

    We stopped in Badoc, the southernmost town of the province, to visit the Juan Luna Shrine, a sturdy and imposing colonial brick house which features the works and memorabilia of the country’s greatest painter. The Luna ancestral home was destroyed in a fire in 1862, but it wasn’t until 1977 that the Philippine government restored and transformed it into a museum containing reproductions of the celebrated artist’s most famous works, including his masterpiece, “Spoliarium.”

    I have a more than passing interest in Juan Luna y Novicio. My home province, La Union, is also claiming him—at least half of him—as a native son. Luna’s mother was Laureana Novicio y Ancheta, who belonged to the landed gentry of the town of Namacpaan, now Luna, La Union. Though by no means related, my mother was an Ancheta.

    Juan Luna had equally famous brothers, among whom was the fiery revolutionary general Antonio, whose tragic assassination remains one of the unsolved mysteries of the Philippine Revolution. And there was Joaquin Jr., who survived the Revolution and became one of the early provincial governors of La Union. Jose, was less well-known but he was also highly educated. The Luna Shrine should be the focus of a national and local effort to revitalize not only Ilocano but Philippine culture.

    The mini-library adjoining the shrine, to our disappointment, had only a few reference materials on Philippine culture, and even less on the world-class Luna clan. In fact, there were only two books on Juan Luna, whose original works are still in Manila or European museums.

    The scarcity of written material on Juan Luna could be attributed in part to the fact that he spent most of his life in Europe. And probably, the tragedy that overtook his brilliant career, which involved the murder of his wife Paz Pardo de Tavera, must have made it even harder to write about the man.

    An English-Ilocano Magazine published by the Tawid Foundation, entitled Samtoy, contains a brief article on Luna’s “triumphs and tragedies” in its July-December 2004 issue. His greatest triumph was winning his first gold medal for “Spoliarium” at the Madrid Art Exposition of 1884. Earlier he had won a silver medal at the Madrid Art Exhibition for his “Death of Cleopatra.” In 1880, his painting “Daphne and Chloe” won a silver “palette” from the Centro Artistico Literario de Manila.

    Moving to Paris later in his career, he painted “Parisienne Life” and many happy summers he spent with his family in France. There are many reproductions of his Paris paintings in the shrine.

    His life in Paris would have its share of tragedy as well. He met his wife Paz in Paris, got married in December 1886 and had two sons. According to a published report that Samtoy reproduced, on Sept. 23, 1892, the artist fatally shot his wife and mother-in-law, and wounded his brother-in-law Felix Pardo de Tavera. He had suspected his wife of infidelity. Luna was tried and acquitted by a French court on Feb. 7, 1893. He was fined only 40 francs for a “misdemeanor.” Did his fame influence his acquittal?

    Obviously, it was a crime of passion. A longer, more detailed account of Luna’s life, based on years of research, was published by historian Ruby Paredes of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, in a book titled “Anarchy of Families.” I had promised the librarian in Badoc to secure a copy of the book to augment the meager holdings in the Luna Shrine. Ruby went all the way to Paris and pored over archives and other documents trying to get substantial research material on the Luna tragedy. To date, Ruby’s work is the most extensively researched article on this unfortunate episode in the artist’s life.

    Another museum in Vigan, the Padre Burgos House, has definitely seen better days. When I first visited it in 1992, it was still tolerable, although it was beginning to disintegrate even then. Some 13 years later, it is ready to collapse. One slight tremor and this historic house, where one of Ilocos Sur’s great heroes was born and raised, will come tumbling down.

    The museum has become an eyesore, possibly a fire hazard as well. Many of the artifacts are not securely fastened and are bound to be ruined if they fell. The walls are decayed and the floors are creaking. You want to tread lightly for fear of making much noise. Parts of the house, including the once-lovely azotea, are in a state of disrepair. The National Museum, which manages it, should work with local authorities and institutions and do something quick before this historic landmark completely deteriorates.

    Jean called my attention to the possibility that the 14 or so panels of paintings by Esteban Villanueva, depicting the story of the Basi Revolt in Piddig, Ilocos Norte, might deteriorate as well, given the inhospitable onslaughts of heat and moisture in the run-down museum. The Basi rebellion was triggered by the monopoly of the production of basi (sugar cane wine), by the Spanish authorities. The Ilocano producers rose up in arms in 1806, burning the houses of the rich. The 1806 uprising escalated the following year, spreading to Laoag, Sarrat, Batac, Paoay and all the way south to Vigan.

    We do not have time to visit the other museums in Vigan, like the Museo de San Pablo and the Syquia memorial house. Vigan itself, as observed by Samtoy, is a “living museum,” rich in historical lore and cultural assets. It could be the most charming city in the Philippines once it’s fully restored. The city is the site of two Unesco heritage projects—Vigan’s “walled city” restoration and Santa Maria Church.

    But nothing is more urgent than saving the Burgos House. It would be shameful for the national government and local authorities to let it go to waste. To complement the Unesco heritage initiatives, a combination of national and local efforts is needed to preserve the centerpiece of Ilocano indigenous and contemporary culture in the heart of one of the region’s most historical sites.

    Belinda A. Aquino is professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she is also director of Philippine Studies.


    Copyright 2006 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    http://opinion.inq7.net/inquireropinion/columns/view_article.php?article_id=12502
    - Animo, 2 years ago
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    nicely restored and well preserved....wow
    - Rajah_Soliman, a year ago
  • By Imelda C. Rivero

    Vigan City (26 September) -- The Heritage City of Vigan was adjudged as this year's winner in the Search for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Cities in Region I.

    According to Mrs Maria Celerina Agcamaran, Social Welfare Officer of Vigan City, all the 39 barangays of Vigan were involved in the search, but only 10% or 6 barangays were validated that include Barangays IX, Mindoro, Paoa, San Julian Norte and San Jose.

    The existence of functional day care centers, health center, public elementary and high schools, school grounds and facilities, reading centers efficient records of Barangay Councils for the protection of children, and separate detention cell for youth offenders at the PNP-WCCD, contributed to the winning of Vigan City.

    Other projects for children which made Vigan most child-friendly in the region include parent effectiveness program, maternal and child health care and control of diarrhea, immunization of children, supplemental feeding program for preschoolers and school children, special education program for disabled children, construction and maintenance and repair of school buildings,facilities, day care centers; procurement of textbooks for elementary and secondary schools, marching band competitions, district-wide sports meet and camporal, scholarship program to poor students, operation and maintenance of school, city and barangay parks; self-employment assistance program for out-of-school youths; skills training for out-of-school youth; health insurance program; provision of social services to abused children; public safety, peace and order and anti-drug abuse program; national children month celebration; family week celebration; day care services recognition day and Quiz Vigan.

    Conducted by the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the evaluation for the award is in pursuance to Executive Order 184 of 1999 "Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities".

    The search was conceptualized and developed to recognize the important roles of the local government units in giving efficient and quality services to the children of their respective localities. The search wants to institutionalize a child-friendly environment to promote children's rights on survival, development, protection, and participation. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/Default.asp?m=10&sec=news&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p060926.htm&no=59
    - Animo, a year ago
  • ^^ galing naman! I really love vigan. sana next year ulit, makapagbakasyon kami.

    @animo, tagal mong hindi nagparamdam sa thread na ito ah. thanks for reviving the thread.
    - mhe-ann, a year ago
  • ^^ Naka'limutan ko nga ito. :D kaya nga dati nag-sabi akoi na ga-wing Luzon, Visayas, at Mindanao iyong subforum para mas madali. Kumusta? :)
    - Animo, a year ago
  • sana mas malaki un vigan para mas madami pang puedeng puntahan. people are nice too! can anyone post pictures of La Feliza Inn? dun kami nag-stay for one night, pero kalahati lang nun gate un nakunan namin ng picture.

    btw, animo, I can't remember if I already asked this before... ano pala un pinagkakakitaan ng mga taga-vigan lalo na pag hindi peak season ng dating ng mga turista? thanks!
    - mhe-ann, 6 months ago
  • ^^ Hindi naman ako taga-Vigan eh! :D Pero base doon sa website (http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/burnay-industry-vigan-jar.html) nila damili (red tiles), abel-iloco (weaving), at burnay (Vigan jar) daw. :)
    - Animo, 6 months ago
  • this place looks amazing... i hope to go there soon.. sana gani2 palagi ang look ng vigan.. so much history, napakaganda talaga...!!!
    - ikra, 6 months ago
  • ah ok. kala ko taga-vigan ka kc masipag kang magbigay ng updates dito. hehe. thanks!
    - mhe-ann, 5 months ago
  • sino taga.vigan na forumer?... can i have ur number?...

    i'll be there ngayong pasko... my relatives live in Sta. Catalina...
    - rage@cebu, in 2 months
  • Pupunta ako ng Vigan tomorrow. Limang araw ako doon. :)

    Saan masarap kumain? At may night life din ba? Saan ang puntahan ng tao?
    - shoegayz, in 3 months
  • wow! masarap kumain dun sa cafe leona. actually masarap un food nila kahit saan. lalo na un mga grilled fish. nagpunta kami nun sa Baluarte ni uncle chavit. hehe. lapit lan un sa bayan. night life? anung klaseng night life? parang napakasimple lang ng buhay dun. pakiramdam ko nga parang nasa spanish era ako nun andun kami. parang ndi pa uso ang kuryente. hehe.
    enjoy your trip! kuha ka ng mga photos, post mo dito.
    - mhe-ann, in 4 months
  • I like the location of McDo here. The refurbished old, ols building was just as enchanting as it's old design. The color scheme is just so cool to the eyes
    - davaoeagle, in 4 months
  • ito un kuha ko dati:

    http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid204/p59427a503e0487e851bf4943a8d1b986/ef688055.jpg

    chowking:
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    max's
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    - mhe-ann, in 4 months
  • Ang galing naman ng mga commercial establishments, they follow the architecture of Vigan,mdco and chowking nice, yung Max rin maganda! Uniquely traditional...
    - IMPRESARIO, in 5 months
  • ^^ Hindi naman ako taga-Vigan eh! :D Pero base doon sa website (http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/burnay-industry-vigan-jar.html) nila damili (red tiles), abel-iloco (weaving), at burnay (Vigan jar) daw. :)

    these things have been going on for ages..w/ or w/out tourists.
    napapadame lang or there's more varieties nowadays coz of tourists.
    also, there's not much antique shops before..and of course, native products.
    its not as if tourists buy tiles when going to vigan.
    - cheersmate, in 6 months
  • sino taga.vigan na forumer?... can i have ur number?...

    i'll be there ngayong pasko... my relatives live in Sta. Catalina...

    when ure in there..check out the church in san vicente and the old high school building plus don sa elementary..made of bricks.'ang panday' was also shot there.
    or better yet magchurch ka don ng tuesday..
    meron live bands sometimes on thursday n friday nites sa vigan..
    if u dont mind the cold..go ka bonfire sa beach.
    maganda sunset sa sta catalina beach..check it out:cheers:
    - cheersmate, in 7 months
  • wow! masarap kumain dun sa cafe leona. actually masarap un food nila kahit saan. lalo na un mga grilled fish. nagpunta kami nun sa Baluarte ni uncle chavit. hehe. lapit lan un sa bayan. night life? anung klaseng night life? parang napakasimple lang ng buhay dun. pakiramdam ko nga parang nasa spanish era ako nun andun kami. parang ndi pa uso ang kuryente. hehe.
    enjoy your trip! kuha ka ng mga photos, post mo dito.

    grabe ka..meron din naman ah. depends on what day ka andon.
    but its true some people live simply in vigan..and the nearby towns.
    unless meron mga shows/celebrations.
    kids sa houz/neighbourhood like to go sa salcedo just to eat balot and magpahangin..yeah, that's so simple.
    - cheersmate, in a year
  • Ang galing naman ng mga commercial establishments, they follow the architecture of Vigan,mdco and chowking nice, yung Max rin maganda! Uniquely traditional...
    i very much appreciated mcdo the 1st time i saw it..thu i prefer to eat in chowking.max wasnt finished yet last january..hmm,maganda ang facade.
    cant wait!

    viva vigan!
    - cheersmate, in a year
  • Hehehe, me recommendation ba kayo sa restaurant sa vigan? Parang nakaka asiwa naman kasi kung pupunta ka dun tapos mag mcdo ka o chowking. Parang hindi bagay.
    - mangnato, in a year
  • Hehehe, me recommendation ba kayo sa restaurant sa vigan? Parang nakaka asiwa naman kasi kung pupunta ka dun tapos mag mcdo ka o chowking. Parang hindi bagay.

    meron naman sigurong isineserve dung pinakbet at dinengdeng.. :)
    - r93k401, in a year
  • so, to make it more traditional, Mcdonald should serve a McPinoy meal,... Like Mc Kare-kare, Mc-dilis, Mc-sisig, Mc-adobo and such
    - kyle@1008, in a year
  • ^ May breakfast meals ba ang McDonalds? Pwede na siguro ang McLongganisa, McChorizo, McTapsilog, McScrambledEgg, McHotdog, etc.
    - Sinjin P., in a year
  • ^^ Mga McKukulit!! :lol:
    - shyaman, in a year
  • I like the location of McDo here. The refurbished old, ols building was just as enchanting as it's old design. The color scheme is just so cool to the eyes

    i think before an establishment is built, it has to be approved and has to abide by the town's regulations to keep the town's look of spanish heritage.
    - erictimon, in a year
  • who were they waiting for?VIP? :cheers:

    i guess theyre waiting for the parade. every fiesta (tres de mayo)there are contests like kalesa decorating contest.
    - erictimon, in a year
  • theres one you might want to try....sitio remedios...

    Life-Styled : ‘Heritage resort’ rises in Ilocos


    By Thelma Sioson San Juan
    Inquirer

    Posted date: March 29, 2007


    TWO WEEKS AGO, WE GOT our summer break earlier than expected, in a place we had always been fond of -- Ilocos.
    Through the years Ilocos has provided us rich stories (including ghost stories) and even richer experiences: Irene and Greggy Araneta’s wedding in Sarrat; the centuries-old houses of Vigan, now a Unesco World Heritage site; our magazine colleague Joseph Uy finding himself sleeping on the same bed that Tom Cruise had slept on at Villa Angela during the shoot of Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July”; the mind-boggling grand architecture of the Ilocos churches, particularly of Sta. Maria Church with its grand steps and the old graveyard behind it; and the Bantay tower on which Angel Aquino, then a budding model, stood in a Ramon Valera kimona, photographed before sunrise by Neal Oshima for what has since become a classic Metro cover, etc.

    But a new Ilocos attraction is bound to be even more memorable: a manmade sitio by the sea, complete with a plaza, a chapel and old houses.

    Sitio Remedios is a 18,000-sq-m sprawl along the South China Sea in Currimao, Ilocos Norte.

    It recreates a village of mid-20th century Ilocos. As far as we know, there’s no place like it in the country.

    The sitio is a beach-front property of Dr. Joven Cuanang, medical director of St. Luke’s Medical Center. Last year he decided to develop it into a mid-century Ilocos Norte village.

    Saving memories

    Asked why he did it, he replied, “Because they’re taking away my childhood memories.” He added: “More and more, traditions are dying, artifacts and antiques are being taken away. I don’t like the idea of bringing things out of the country.”

    A graduate of University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial school of medicine and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Cuanang has nurtured a passion for art since his youth; in fact, he has leading art galleries.

    Born in Batac in the neighborhood of Ferdinand Marcos, Dr. Cuanang and his two siblings were orphaned early. His mother, Remedios, was a schoolteacher; she died when he was only 15.

    Dr. Cuanang has lovely memories of the beaches along Currimao, where his family would go on weekends and holidays.

    By building Sitio Remedios late last year, the physician has preserved his memories of a genteel past. The wooded gates of the Sitio, named after his mother and dedicated to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, open to a grand walkway of old bricks, flanked by pools filled with azucao lotus plants indigenous to Paoay.
    The 14 Stations of the Cross are engraved on cement plinths lining the path.

    Going up the steps at the end of the walkway, you get a sweeping view of the sitio—the plaza, the chapel made of rough concrete shaded by centuries-old trees, and the six houses replicating the Ilocos homes of old—each structure a labor of love by Dr. Cuanang and his architect, Rex Hofilena.

    The chapel, a replica of Paoay church, is the heart of the plaza. Dramatically lit at night, it sets the romantic mood of the place. Inside are massive wooden benches and side altars honoring St. Anthony de Padua and Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.

    The interiors are as stark and spare as its façade. The only color is in the stained-glass windows designed for the chapel by Antonio Leano. Its lone chandelier once adorned the Quiapo church. Anyone, even a man, would feel the romantic urge to tie the knot in this quaint, romantic setting.

    A few weeks ago, Cecile Licad had an evening concert at Capilla de San Miguel, as the chapel is named. This Holy Week, it will be the venue of the traditional pabasa to be done by the old folk of Ilocos Norte.

    Ilocos places

    The homes were built from old wood, bricks and architecture details retrieved from torn-down structures around Ilocos. They were named after places in Ilocos, such as Bacarra, Dingras, Batac, Piddig. Their furnishings come from the ’50s homes or even older. Their artworks are by today’s foremost artists.

    In the Batac home is a wedding portrait of Mariano and Remedios Cuanang—the doctor’s parents—done in the “Larawan” style by National Artist Bencab.

    In the dining area hangs a Manny Garibay mural of “El Vibora,” depicting the bravery of Gen. Artemio Ricarte. In the living room on the second floor hang the portraits of Juan and Antonio Luna, both illustrious sons of the neighboring town of Badoc.

    Called a “heritage resort,” Sitio Remedios accepts stay-in guests and has its own kitchen serving Ilocano fare. You can feast on the homegrown greens and seaweeds and, of course, bagnet. From day to night, you’re lulled by the sound of the waves, and cooled by the sea breeze.

    Dr. Cuanang collaborated with fashion designer Lito Perez of Camp Suki fame to give the guests a memorable night. Guests have the option of driving to Vigan (it takes about an hour) to have a turn-of-the-century dinner, an impressive production mounted by Perez in the ancestral Arce home which he is leasing.

    On our last night at the Sitio, driving back from dinner in Vigan, we were greeted by the sight of the entire sitio carpeted with lit candles, hundreds and hundreds of them. Against a moonlit sky, the vista was magical.

    The Sitio has taken on yet another character. Irene Marcos Araneta, a recent guest, called it the “night of 400 candles,” which, she told Dr. Cuanang, was the talk among her friends.

    To Dr. Cuanang, the sprawl represents a return to his roots and his way of giving back. He pointed at the watch tower that was almost completed in one side of the beachfront—it will be a venue for Ilocos arts and crafts. You wonder what drives someone to recreate the past.

    “Pride of place,” he said. “It’s for the future (generation).” That’s a rare investment these days.

    Sitio Remedios is fully booked for the Holy Week. For future reservations, log on to www.sitioremedios.com.
    - erictimon, in a year
  • More pics of my Ilocos trip...

    Vigan

    Vigan Cathedral, from Plaza Salcedo
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    Tara, Byahe Tayo!
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    Ilocos Sur Capitol, from Plaza Salcedo
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    - basti, in a year
  • Calle Crisologo / Heritage Park, Vigan

    Brick or Cobblestone?
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    - basti, in a year
  • More views from Calle Crisologo

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    Sadly, marami sa mga bahay sa Vigan pinabayaan na lang...
    - basti, in a year
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    Calle Crisologo, Vigan by Ian Ong (http://flickr.com/photos/ianong/)
    - Sinjin P., in a year
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    Mindoro Beach, Vigan by Ian Ong (http://flickr.com/photos/ianong/)
    - Sinjin P., in a year
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    Full Rainbow, Vigan by Ian Ong (http://flickr.com/photos/ianong/)
    - Sinjin P., in a year
  • ^^ Stunning!
    - Waldenstrom, in a year
  • WE congratulate the 16 graduates of the first Escuela de los Mataderos in Vigan City on their commencement last month.

    The school trains “world-class butchers,” according to Mayor Ferdinand Medina, who opened the escuela last year with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

    He boasted that the students trained at the Vigan slaughterhouse, judged as “the cleanest and oldest” in Asia. The first Spanish settlers built it in 1589. He said the school seeks to train butchers who are globally competent and who could be employed here and overseas.

    Let’s welcome the newest additions to the OFW labor force and wish them success. They join a new group skilled in ice or cake sculpture. With their impressive sounding diploma, our mataderos are welcome to the meat plants in the United States, the fast-food nation.

    http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/july/15/yehey/opinion/20070715opi1.html
    - Animo, in a year
  • Solon pushes Ilocos Sur freeport, ecozone project
    (http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2007/08/27/PROV20070827101337.html)
    Cites Salomague port’s strategic edge in Asian trade

    By MART T. SUPNAD

    VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — Rep. Ronald V. Singson (1st district, Ilocos Sur) has filed a bill proposing the conversion of the Salomague area in Cabugao and San Juan towns, this province, into a special economic zone and freeport.

    Citing its physical, geographic and natural advantages, Congressman Singson, son of former governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, said that Salomague is an ideal site for a freeport because of its strategic location in southeast Asia.

    He noted that the Salomague is the nearest Philippine port to Hong Hong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

    But even before the young congressman filed the bill, former governor Singson, his father, had already initiated moves aimed at developing the Salomague port into a world-class freeport and economic zone complete with an international airport .

    The Salomague port project has long been a dream of the former governor who said it is part of his program to attract investors to the province and generate jobs for his constituents.

    In his House Bill No. 1534 which was filed recently, Congressman Singson stated that the Salomague port consists of the entire Salomague Cove and the area covered by Barangays Dardarat, Solotsolot, Surngit, and Refaro in San Juan town; and Barangays Dardarat, Sagayaden, and Salomague in Cabugao, hometown of Gov. Deogracias Victor "DV" Savellano.

    Singson, one of the neophytes and youngest members of the House of Representatives, stated in his bill that "the objective is to develop the area into a self-sustaining industrial, commercial, and investment center that would put in place a wide trading and foreign exchange position of the country. On the whole, it is looking at effectively complementing an announced aggressive export-oriented thrust of the country, thus enhancing the country’s global competitiveness."

    Singson also stated in the bill’s explanatory note that the Salomague freeport would be operated as a separate Customs territory that would basically provide incentives to ensure the free flow and movement of goods and commodities within the freeport area and their export there from."

    To attract investors and traders, Singson said, it will provide tax-based incentives for business activities and concerns locating and operating within the freeport premises, "not to mention other non-tax benefits such as liberal exchange policies and the grant of permanent resident status to investors."

    "The bill does away with an authority-type of office to run the freeport, but directly tasks a governing body composed of town mayors in the localities involved and the private sector to do the job," Singson added.

    __________

    Arroyo pushes $100-M freeport project in Ilocos (http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2005/07/22/MTNN2005072240071.html)

    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met yesterday morning with representatives of China Shenyang Internal Economic and Technical Cooperation Corp. (CSIETCC), the Chinese firm that will construct and develop a $100-million freeport zone in Ilocos Sur.

    Accompanied by Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson, CSIETCC executives presented to the Chief Executive a scale model of the proposed freeport project.

    Members of the group who called on the President were Narciso Cauguiran Jr., CSIETCC country manager; Patrick Macamay, legal counsel; Dan Cauguiran, technical consultant; Ruben Hernanes, structural engineering consultant; Dr. Angel Lazaro, design consultant; and architect Rene de los Santos.

    The proposed freeport zone, which will be constructed and developed in Salomagui, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, is expected to spur economic activities in Ilocos Sur and nearby provinces with the influx of investors and locators to the freeport, Singson said.

    The project is in support of the President�s 10-point pro-poor agenda of creating 10 million jobs � especially in the countryside � before 2010 through foreign investments.

    The freeport is expected to provide thousands of jobs for people in Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Abra. The economy in the entire Ilocos Region is also expected to perk up as a result of the operations of the freeport.

    The project will be funded by the Chinese corporation.

    CSIETCC built the 45,000-hectare Shenyang City�s Economic Zone, the site of multi-million-dollar companies, including leading European carmakers Mercedez Benz and BMW.

    Singson said the construction of the project will start at "the soonest possible time."
    - allan_dude, in a year
  • Bill seeks new economic zone in Ilocos Sur (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=regions4_aug29_2007)

    By Romeo T. Supnad

    VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur—Rep. Ronald Singson of the province’s first district has filed a bill seeking to convert the Salomague cove in northern Ilocos Sur into a special economic zone and free port.

    In filing House Bill 1534, the first-term congressman said the Salomague cove is an ideal site for a free port because of its proximity to Hong Hong, Taiwan and Japan.

    “Salomague cove is a natural harbor and haven for international ships during inclement weather. There is a channel that hugs the semi-circular shoreline that is appropriate for marine vessel traffic and is probably the only [Philippine big] port closest to Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan. It is large, that it can accommodate dozens of vessels at any one time,” Singson said.

    The congressman said the Salomague cove includes Barangays Dardarat, Solotsolot, Surngit and Refaro in the town of San Juan and Barangays Dardarat, Sagayaden and Salomague in Cabugao.

    “The bill does away with an authority-type of office to run the free port but directly tasks a governing body composed of town mayors in the localities involved and the private sectors to do the job,” Singson said.

    “Salomague Freeport should be operated as a separate customs territory that will basically provide incentives to ensure the free flow and movement of goods and commodities within the free port area and their exploration,” he added.

    “The concept and objective is to develop the free port area into a self-sustaining industrial, commercial and investment center. On the whole, it is looking at effectively complementing an aggressive export-oriented thrust, thus enhancing the country’s global competitiveness,” the congressman said.

    “It shall provide tax-based incentives for business activities and concerns locating and operating within [Salomague], not to mention other non-tax benefits like liberal exchange policies and the grant of permanent resident status to investors,” Singson said.

    He said the bill would follow through the efforts of his father, former Gov. Luis Singson, to promote the area among investors, particularly Chinese businessmen.
    - allan_dude, in a year
  • OT: Vigan is where the owner of my heart is! Ay ayaten ka!
    - Peng Hok, in a year
  • Ilocano Abel to Beat All Odds (http://www.bulatlat.com/2007/09/ilocano-abel-beat-all-odds)

    BY LYN V. RAMO
    Northern Dispatch

    Loom-weaving, to the Ilocano, has been a way of life, especially in those times before the war, when people had to spin cotton yarn out of the raw cotton plant to be able to weave a blanket or a meter of cloth to make a camisa-chino.

    A lot has changed in idyllic barangay Camanggaan in Vigan City, where there are no more cotton fields to bear the snow-white soft ball. Only a few households have maintained their looms. Either they have sold it to the more affluent weavers or they have thrown the rotting wood into the native charcoal stove.

    “Ti panait ken ab-abelen idi ket magapo iti mula a kapas” (Thread and yarn for weaving cloth came from the cotton plant), 77-year-old Pedro Filarca of barangay San Jose told hopeful history writers among high school students during the Historia Oral.

    The history-telling is part of the Heritage Cities Solidarity Week celebrations in Vigan City last week, Sept. 8-15.

    Today, the cotton fields have become tobacco or rice fields, if not left idle with tall grasses growing, according to Filarca. He remembers using the stain from lomboy (black plum) to dye the cotton yarns and threads spun in those days right under the low huts, where farmers and weavers used to live in.

    Almost all households were engaged in loom-weaving then, Filarca told an awed audience. At present, either the phenomena of out-migration due to people opting to become overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or the unrewarding returns from loom-weaving has discouraged the Ilocano weavers from sustaining the industry.

    Sustaining Ilocano inabel

    Not in the case of Rowilda Panela, only child of Dominico and Milagros, from whom the Rowilda's Loom-weaving got its name. Instead of selling the family heirloom looms, Dominico, now 54, instead bought his neighbors' idle weaving machines and continued improving his skills on the trade.

    Rowilda's is a family-oriented home industry. It has eight weavers, which include Dominico, his wife Milagros Cadaoas-Panela, who came from Cauayan, Ilocos Sur, who usually sews the inabel into bags, table napkins, blankets, camisa-chino or small pouches, depending on the job orders. Rowilda, who obtained a degree in commerce, manages the marketing aspect.

    “Capitalizing” on a skill acquired from his ancestors, Dominico started his own loom-weaving business in 1977. For lack of capital, however, he went abroad in 1979 to 1985 and upon his return in 1989, he revived the family business.

    Dominico's workforce continued upgrading their skills through a government-assisted training on dyeing in 1989, which gave Rowilda's skills in the production of ikat.

    The 1990 earthquake, however, displaced buyers in Baguio City that Dominico's business experienced a lull for three to four months.

    It did not discourage the Panela brood, though. Instead, Dominico persevered at improving his craft, experimenting on new designs and new products that still hit the market up to the present.

    Dominico vividly recalled people going to Mangaldan town in Pangasinan to have their yarn and thread dyed with black plum they used to call locally as sagut. “Now all dyes are synthetic chemical-based,” he said.

    When neighbors started moving to work abroad, Rowilda's bought some of their loom adding more to his parents' own textile weaving machine.

    Government assistance

    The Panelos obtained a micro-financing for small home industries from the city government in 1993 to augment the meager capitalization to keep the business moving. After repayment of the P25,000 ($539 at an exchange rate of $1-P46.30) loan, no other loan assistance was extended to Rowilda's, according to Dominico.

    Except for a training in dyeing, by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Dominico does not remember getting any technical assistance from any government agency.

    “Daytoy marketing la unay ti kayat mi a maasistaran koma ti gobyerno” (We need government assistance in marketing), Panelo pointed out. He added that to survive the capitalization crises, he keeps on producing inabel so he could fill up all orders on time and gets paid in time when the supplier comes for his payment. Some times the yarn supplier had to collect but the goods are still in the stock pile.

    Beating the odds

    Rowilda's has stopped joining trade fairs, especially since these usually charge around P35,000 ($755.94).

    In hard times, it is Rowilda priority to pay the workers' wages. Each worker is paid according to the volume of finished products they produce or on a piece-rate basis. They have free snacks but weavers usually go home for lunch, since they are all in the neighborhood. Milagros, Rowilda and Domicio do not collect salaries, as owners of the business venture.

    Dominico said he had to be deeply involved in production because not even one of his workers, all related to him or his wife, knew how to manage the yarn. “Masapol siak ti agurnos no haan ket makulkol ket adu ti maperdi” (I have to do the spinning of the yarns, if not there's too much tangles and a lot is wasted), he said.

    Good raw materials make a lot of difference, Dominico said, aside from varied designs and new experiments in dyeing techniques. He gets his thread and yarn from a Manila-based yarn company, which allows a 45-day credit.

    Deliveries are made through the public transport way-bill system. Orders are made through mobile or land phone, while payments are made through the banking facilities.

    There are only two thriving loom-weavers’ shops in Camangaan, besides Rowilda’s: the other is Cristy’s, owned and managed by the Atenaja family, Dominico said. He did not mention whether there are other weavers in Vigan City.

    Dominico also trains his young relatives the nitty-gritty business of loom-weaving. His 85-year-old mother still works, making the knowledge transfer so natural. Another elderly worker still tends a textile machine.

    Rowilda's products are on display in malls nationwide, aside from stores in the Marbay and Maharlika Livelihood Center in the Baguio market. Walk-in buyers, especially tourists also get their products in Vigan City outlets. Northern Dispatch / Posted by Bulatlat
    - allan_dude, in a year
  • RP’s Tobacco Capital Seeks Closer Look at Tobacco Industry (http://www.bulatlat.com/2007/10/rp-s-tobacco-capital-seeks-closer-look-tobacco-industry)

    BY ACE ALEGRE

    VIGAN CITY (407 kms. north of Manila) – The local government of Ilocos Sur, the country’s tobacco capital, is seeking for a closer look at the problems hounding the industry especially with regards its competitiveness with other producers around the world, as well as its financial viability.

    Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor “DV” B. Savellano is seeking for a sustainable development of the tobacco industry by calling for a well–represented tripartite consultation of tobacco stakeholders including tobacco farmers, cigarette manufacturers, leaders from the Virginia tobacco producing provinces and the National Tobacco Administration (NTA).

    The consultation, said Savellano, should thresh out the different aspects of the industry to include not only its pricing scheme but also production and marketing. It will be a proper venue for looking into the solutions and contingencies on the problems being brought out perennially by the farmers to the Local Government Units (LGU’s). “We need to study the reason why China can sell its prime class of flue–cured tobacco at P200 ($4.46 at an exchange rate of $1=P44.75) per kilo and its reject at P100.00 ($2.23) per kilo,” Savellano said.

    “A deeper study of measures to achieve a good return on investment (ROI) should be realized. The welfare of tobacco farmers should also be studied and attended to,” he said.

    During the August 2005 tobacco tripartite conference, the approved floor price of the prime class of flue-cured Virginia tobacco is P51.00 ($1.14) per kilo or an increase of P3.50 ($0.07) per kilo from the approved tobacco floor price in 2003.

    The tobacco tripartite conference is held every two years and is facilitated by the NTA.

    “An increase of P3.50 per kilo on floor price of tobacco is so low if we compare it to the increase of farm inputs. Thus, we need to study this aspect in order that the farmer will gain a better profit, which, in turn, will encourage them to plant tobacco,” Savellano explained.

    Direction of the industry

    The governor disclosed that there’s also a need to look into the direction of the country’s tobacco industry considering that Ilocos Sur is the biggest producer of Virginia tobacco.

    He expressed his full support to the on–going research and development of the NTA on the alternative uses of tobacco. The Virginia tobacco, which is the main cash crop in the Ilocos provinces after the rice season, is the steady source of funds for Republic Act No. 7171, otherwise known as tobacco excise tax law then authored by former Rep. Luis Chavit Singson. It mandates the allocation of the amount of billions of pesos from the tobacco excise tax as shares for the four tobacco producing provinces such as Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra and La Union.

    “The sustainability of our tobacco industry is our main concern considering that the bulk of our constituents in the province depend on agriculture as their major source of income and at the same time our flagship project is agriculture development,” Gov. Savellano said.

    “We need to help one another to make collaborative efforts that would promote equality and justice between and among the farmers, cigarettes manufacturers and tobacco stakeholders.

    Members of the Ilocos Sur’s League of Municipalities of the Province (LMP) headed by Narvacan Mayor Edgar Zaragoza earlier agreed to set aside funds to subsidize the tobacco farm inputs for the production of Virginia tobacco.
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    Feature: Gov Savellano promotes pilgrimage tourism in Ilocos Sur (http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&fi=p071005.htm&no=72&r=&y=&mo=)

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    VIGAN CITY (October 5) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano stepped up the drive to strengthen the promotion of pilgrimage tourism by showcasing the century–old and baroque churches in the province. This is to create more jobs and to generate more income among the Ilocanos.

    The governor had already negotiated with the priests of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia headed by Bishop Ernesto Salgado in making as tourists' destinations of the eight historic and miraculous churches in the province that were built by the Ilocanos during the Spanish time.

    Among these churches include the Sta. Lucia Church in Sta. Lucia town, the Nuestra Seniora de la Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, the shrine of Nuestra Seniora de la Caridad in Bantay town, the St. Pauls's Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan City, the Simbaan a Bassit in Vigan City, the San Vicente Chruch in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, the church of St. William the Hermit in Magsingal town and the Shrine of Santo Cristo in Sinait town.

    These churches had rich historical background and depicts the ancient cultures and arts of the Ilocanos.

    "To our countrymen, religious devotees and foreign tourists, instead of going to Europe and some other parts of the world to visit some religious shrines, visit first our religious shrines in Ilocos Sur because they are not only attractive and world class but they are miraculous and historical," he appealed.

    "If the world had its seven wonder places, our province of Ilocos Sur had its eight wonders and century old churches that were built through ancient culture and arts with miraculous interventions," he added.

    According to the governor, souvenir shops will also be constructed near the vicinity of the eight churches for displaying and selling religious items like prayer books, religious images and other religious artefacts that would also feature the church's historical background.

    While, the history of the churches will also be utilized in tour guiding system to further re-orient the local and foreign tourists on the significance of these places.

    "Tourism means job. With the realization of this pilgrimage - tourism programs, we will also increase our revenue collection in the provincial government," Savellano said.

    To concisely describe this churches are as follows: (1) the Sta. Lucia Church in Sta. Lucia, Ilocos Sur was only one in the province with a transept and experts describe the dome overhead as Renaissance in style; (2) the Nuestra Seniora de la Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria town was designated as a National Historical Landmark on September 26, 1982, included in the World Heritage List on December 11, 1993 and was built on top of a hill in 1765 by Augustinians with 82-steps stairways which give visitors a panoramic view of the town, the green fields and the blue sea in the horizon and it served as a fortress during the Philippine Revolution in 1896; (3) the Shrine of Nuestra Seniora de la Caridad in Bantay town was a home to the venerated our Lady of Charity, patroness of Nueva Segovia; (4) the St. Pauls's Cathedral in Vigan City, which shows in the church's marker that the original church was a chapel of wood and erected in 1574 on orders of Juan de Salcedo, the conquistador and founder of Villa Fernandina (now Vigan); (5) the Simbaan a Bassit in Vigan City; (6) the San Vicente Church in San Vicente town; (7) the church of St. William the hermit in Magsingal town, which was classified by experts as Baroque because of the existence of its antique wooden altar (retablo); (8) the shrine of the Sto. Cristo Milagroso in Sinait town was an attraction due to its century – old statue of the crucified Christ. (PIA Ilocos Sur)
    - allan_dude, in 2 years
  • Ilocos Sur, China's Hunan province to forge sisterhood pact (http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p071005.htm&no=76)

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Vigan City - Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano has announced a "green light" status for the sisterhood relationship between Ilocos Sur and Hunan province of the People's Republic of China (PROC).

    This developed when Governor Savellano and Hunan Province's Governor Zhou Qiang signed a letter of intent for state relationship in a simple ceremony held last September 26, 2007 at Changsha, Hunan, PROC.

    The Hunan Province, which has a total land area of 211,800 square kilometer with 67.32 million population, was called as the "fish pond and rice bowl" of the People's Republic of China and was located at the middle of the country. On the other hand, Ilocos Sur, which was called as heritage province of the Philippines due to the existence of the century – old houses and churches, was also known for its agricultural and tourism potentials because of the presence of attractive beaches, rich natural resources and considered as the country's biggest producer of tobacco.

    With the presence of these resources, both provinces are wishing to enhance mutual understanding and bilateral ties for development and cooperation.

    "Our provincial government and Hunan provincial government of China will be carrying out exchanges and cooperation in various forms in the fields of economy, trade, agriculture, tobacco, science and technology, culture, education and tourism to promote common prosperity and development," Savellano told Wednesday.

    One of the significance of this sisterhood relationship is for development of the tobacco industry, in which, the residents from Hunan Province, who operates cigarette company, had planned to put up cigarette manufacturing plant in the province considering Ilocos Sur had produced the appropriate quality of tobacco for cigar making.

    According to the governor, the letter of intent was already forwarded to the central committee of the People's Republic of China for further approval.

    It was also learned that regular contacts had already been created between the leaders and relevant departments of the two provinces to facilitate consultations on the exchanges and cooperation as well as common concern. For the Hunan Province, the contacting department is Hunan Provincial Association of Friendship with foreign countries, while, in Ilocos Sur, the contacting department is the provincial office. (PIA Ilocos Sur)
    - allan_dude, in 2 years
  • Municipal officials back creation of new province
    To spur dev’t of interior areas of Ilocos Sur, Abra, La Union

    DEXTER A. SEE (http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2007/10/01/PROV20071001104472.html)

    BAGUIO CITY — Local officials of several interior towns of Ilocos Sur have assured their full support for the creation of the proposed Bago Province in a bid to spur the development in their respective municipalities and to preserve the identity of the Bago tribe to which they belong.

    During a recent meeting with Baguio City Rep. Mauricio G. Domogan, who is also a member of the Bago tribe, municipal officials of Cervantes, San Emillo, Quirino, Gregorio del Pilar, Ledledda, and Suyo said that the creation of a new province would result in greater chances of improving vital infrastructure facilities in the interior areas of Ilocos Sur.

    The new province would serve as the seat of the Bago tribe, one of the indigenous cultural communities in the country, they said.

    Domogan said that the proposed Bago Province would be composed of the 14 interior towns of Ilocos Sur, three remote towns of Abra, and one or two towns of La Union.

    Initially, the Ilocos Sur towns targetted for inclusion in the new province include Cervantes, San Emillo, Quirino, Gregorio del Pilar, Ledledda, Suyo, Sugpon, Segay, Alilem, Burgos, Banayoyo, Salcedo, Nagbukel, and Galimuyod.

    The towns of Tubo, Villaviciosa and Luba, all in Abra, and Sudipen in La Union are also proposed to become parts of the new province.

    However, Board Member Alex Bestoyong of Ilocos Sur said that the proposal to create Bago Province must be subjected to constant consultation with provincial and municipal officials of Ilocos Sur and the affected towns, adding this would make the people affected understand the purpose of establishing the province.

    At present, the members of the Bago tribe, which is considered an indigenous cultural community, are distributed in the remote towns of Ilocos Sur, Abra, and La Union.

    Domogan cited the importance of creating an entirely new province for the Bago tribe, saying that this would entitle the Bago people to have a representative in Congress and a new set of provincial officials as well as a separate internal revenue allotment (IRA) that could be used for the development of the communities composing Bago Province.

    He urged the municipal officials of the concerned local government units to pass a resolution expressing their support for a bill creating Bago Province so that the lawmakers would have a basis for the enactment of the appropriate measure.

    Cervantes town has already passed a resolution of support for such legislative measure. The other towns are expected to pass soon their resolutions.

    Domogan advised the municipal officials of the concerned municipalities to consult their provincial officials and ensure that the creation of the Bago Province is not aimed at abandoning Ilocos Sur, but it is aimed at promoting the cultural identity of the Bago tribe.
    - allan_dude, in 2 years
  • Vigan City airport to be expanded

    Teddy Molina (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Local%20News&p=54&type=2&sec=2&aid=2007102830)

    VIGAN CITY – The waiting may finally be over as Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson reported that the Vigan airport will soon be expanded to enable it to take in commercial and international flights.

    Businessmen, balikbayans and tourists have been wishing to have the airport here widened and made accessible to commercial flights to shorten travel time from Manila that takes eight to 10 hours by land.

    The Vigan airport has been available only for small planes.
    - allan_dude, in 2 years
  • Construction of Ilocos Sur's P2.6 billion project to

    Balita (http://news.balita.ph/html/article.php/20071102154156882)

    Rep. Ronald V. Singson (1st District-Ilocos Sur) has assured the continuing construction of the multi-million peso Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project until its completed on June 2009.

    Singson disclosed that the fund for the irrigation project is being efficiently implemented and managed.

    "A problem regarding the unpaid right of ways of the irrigation canals is being settled by the project management office," Singson said.

    The construction of the Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project was one of the projects identified by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her 2006 "State of the Nation Address" (SONA) in July to boost agricultural productivity in the North Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle super region.

    The project, which has a total budget of P2.46 billion, will service a total of 6,312 hectares of agricultural lands and benefit 5,334 farmers from the towns of Sta. Catalina, Caoayan, Bantay, San Ildefonso, Sto. Domingo, San Vicente Magsingal and Vigan City, all in the first district in the province.

    Santiago Gorospe, Project Manager of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), said that more or less 60 percent of the project was already completed.

    Gorospe said that the opening of the flood gate of the irrigation project is set on the middle of 2008.

    He added that the 100 percent completion of the project will be on June, 2009.

    Among the important feature of the project are the 1.4 kilometer tunnel excavated along the Banaoang Mountains, the close conduit outlets and the sevenengines positioned beside the Banaoang River that upload sufficient volumes of water from the river to the irrigation tunnel and lateral canals.

    The Banaoang Pump Irrigation Project, which is a "pet project" of former Rep. Salacnib Baterina, is a foreign assisted project financed by the People's Republic of China through China 's National Constructional and Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Corporations.

    NIA is the implementing agency of the irrigation project whose construction was started in March 2003.
    - allan_dude, in 2 years
  • Rep. Singson: Salomague eco-zone, GMA's priority

    Balita (http://news.balita.ph/html/article.php/20071102154019850)

    Rep. Ronald V. Singson (1st District-Ilocos Sur) reiterated that the development of the Salomague Port in Cabugao town as an economic zone is a priority under the present administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

    He said the project will encourage foreign capitalists to invest their business in Ilocos Sur. Singson foresees the project to create more job opportunities in the whole Ilocos Region as well as to promote the progress of the local economy.

    He said that he re-filed a bill making the Salomague Port as one of the economic zones in Northern Philippines considering that the earlier house bill filed by then Congressman Salacnib Baterina was not finished during the 13th Congress.

    It was learned that the earlier bill making the Salomague Port as eco–zone was already approved in the Lower House and in the Senate but it was not finished in the bicameral conference because of the May 14 elections.

    “In the normal process, if a bill was not finished in the past congress, it should be re-filed and it will be backed to zero in the current Congress, so I need to lobby again to my fellow congressmen and to our senators to hasten the bill’s approval,” Singson said.

    "The best thing I could do now is to support the bills of my fellow congressmen so that I can also gain their support for my priority bills,” he said.

    Congressman Singson, a former two–term Senior Board Member of Ilocos Sur, said that he will also ask President Arroyo and House Speaker Jose de Venecia for the approval of the bill making Salomague Port as eco-zone.

    The making of the Salomague Port as ecozone was mentioned by President Arroyo during his "State of the Nation Address" in 2006 as one of the priority projects of her administration in support of her Super Regions program.

    Earlier, the People’s Republic of China had approved a $ 100 million loans for the rehabilitation and upgrading the facilities of the Salomague Port.

    Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson disclosed that when the Salomague Port becomes an ecozone, several factories, hotel, restaurants and other business establishments will be constructed.

    “The great advantage of the Salomague Port is its proximity to China, so once it is operional, the people of Ilocos Sur will be benefited in terms of job opportunities that would be created,” the elder Singson said.

    Gov. Deogracias Victor "DV" Savellano disclosed the economic significance of the development of the Salomague Port as economic zone.

    Recently, a letter of intent for the sisterhood relationship between Ilocos Sur and China’s Hunan Province was approved during the visit of Gov. Savellano in China.
    - allan_dude, in 3 years
  • are there any new pics of the city? i was born and raised there until recently i flew here in singapore to work. the city is quaint and have this romantic feel. i'm really proud to be a full blooded bigueno.
    - brownman, in 3 years
  • Vigan City airport to be expanded

    Teddy Molina (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Local%20News&p=54&type=2&sec=2&aid=2007102830)

    VIGAN CITY – The waiting may finally be over as Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson reported that the Vigan airport will soon be expanded to enable it to take in commercial and international flights.

    Businessmen, balikbayans and tourists have been wishing to have the airport here widened and made accessible to commercial flights to shorten travel time from Manila that takes eight to 10 hours by land.

    The Vigan airport has been available only for small planes.

    This is great news:banana: kelan kaya ang renovation/expansion ng airport? Sana before mag holy week 2008, ang sarap bumisita dyan sa Vigan.
    - lightsaber46, in 3 years
  • Candon City church hosts 150-ft long oil painting

    By Frank Cimatu
    Inquirer (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view_article.php?article_id=105106)

    CANDON CITY—Advent means the start of the Christmas season and traditionally the time for Filipinos to start decorating their homes for the holidays.

    The San Juan de Sahagun Church in this city may have the most spectacular Christmas decoration unveiled this Advent: two oil paintings on canvas almost 150 feet long and eight feet wide representing the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

    Fr. Vicente Avila, the priest overseeing the more than 400-year-old church, said these could be the longest religious oil painting in the country.

    Avila said the ceiling was in a sorry state when he was assigned there in June last year. It was moldy and the two frescoes were beyond repair.

    He wanted to put the Mysteries in the church and visited Catholic churches all over the country looking for ideas and inspiration.

    He said he would like to feel the awe akin to gazing at the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling where Michelangelo created immortal frescoes depicting scenes from the Book of Genesis.

    He sought the help of his cousin, Mel Andino, an arts teacher at the University of Northern Philippines and a consultant of Vigan City, and they decided on oil on canvas that would later be glued.

    They decided to place nine of the Sorrowful, Joyful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries on each side of the ceiling, the “Institution of the Holy Eucharist” at the front of the panels, and the “Coronation of Our Lady” above the altar.

    Each of the panels is eight feet tall and 16 feet long, which makes the figures life-sized. They are bordered in blue with trompe l’oeil (illusory effect of reality) decorations on the sides.

    Andino also recommended his 28-year-old student, Redentor Castillo of Narvacan town, to paint the panels. The three chose the paintings they would place on the ceiling.

    “I told him (Castillo) to follow the palette of [Italian Renaissance painter] Raphael,” Andino said. “I also told him to base the paintings from the originals and not to totally copy them.”

    “I did some dagdag-bawas (padding and shaving),” said Castillo. He started painting in March at their house, assisted by his four brothers.
    - allan_dude, in 3 years
  • Vigan
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/564405819_a334ec669a_o.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/172/478664192_965e49f54c_o.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/422740768_5deef85490_b.jpg
    - brownman, in 3 years
  • This is great news:banana: kelan kaya ang renovation/expansion ng airport? Sana before mag holy week 2008, ang sarap bumisita dyan sa Vigan.

    dapat magpatayo na lang sa me BANTAY..mas me space pa don,sa bukid-bukid..minutes lang naman ang travel to VIGAN,less traffic pa.kaliit kaya ng Vigan.most airports sa europe are in the city outskirts kase problema ang space.

    lightsaber..me mga tago-tago resto sa vigan..masasarap fudz,mura pa.
    - cheersmate, in 3 years
  • Vigan
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/564405819_a334ec669a_o.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/172/478664192_965e49f54c_o.jpg

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/422740768_5deef85490_b.jpg

    Wow! I especially like the second pic. It is like a time warp to a genteel bygone era. Did you take those, Custer?
    - icarusrising, in 3 years
  • I miss Vigan!!!
    - Waldenstrom, in 3 years
  • Wow! I especially like the second pic. It is like a time warp to a genteel bygone era. Did you take those, Custer?

    Yeah. I get what you mean Igan. :) It's like you have time traveled back to the golden ages of Vigan. It would've looked even better than now. But no, I got them online.:)

    dapat magpatayo na lang sa me BANTAY..mas me space pa don,sa bukid-bukid..minutes lang naman ang travel to VIGAN,less traffic pa.kaliit kaya ng Vigan.most airports sa europe are in the city outskirts kase problema ang space.

    lightsaber..me mga tago-tago resto sa vigan..masasarap fudz,mura pa.

    There's the Mindoro Airport at the outskirt of the city. Like 5 mins. drive from downtown, but the airport is been sleeping for years... I mean FOR YEARS. And there were plans to renovate and upgrade the whole infrastructure. From the last that I've heard they were planning to upgrade it to become a flight diversion from Laoag. But I'm not so sure about that tho.

    You'll never go wrong when dining in Vigan. Local restos are great and quaint. May I suggest the next time you go to Vigan, try to stay at Villa Angela, they serve ultimate breakfast and delectable homemade meals.

    I also miss Vigan. :(
    - brownman, in 3 years
  • By the way, I had a chance to visit Vigan last year. Very few Philippine cities can be described as elegant. Vigan is certainly one of them.

    http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/40778/2293319070101994864S600x600Q85.jpg

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    - icarusrising, in 3 years
  • Most certainly. You have this sense of grandeur because everywhere you look is just plain elegant, royal, and grand. Did you have the chance to visit the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia Museum? It has a throne room in there and it also has a regal treasuries where they show the different kinds of regalias the archdiocese have.

    Most of the recently made buildings were also designed to look like a colonnial house (e.g. McDonald's, Jollibee) to stick with the colonnial feel of the entire city.
    - brownman, in 3 years
  • Can you locate Vigan? heheheh

    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/2195480272_0b6bae4f63_o.jpg
    Photo by Storm_Crypt (http://flickr.com/photos/storm-crypt/2195480272/) . flickr.com
    - BoNduRanT, in 3 years
  • may museum ba dito, ang pangalan Casa Maria Angela de Donato? or Donato Ancestral Home? may pics kayo? im trying to find my roots kasi...thanks
    - benchjade, in 3 years
  • Vigan is in the left middle portion right?
    - Waldenstrom, in 4 years
  • I'm so excited to go to Vigan this summer! :happy:
    - Sinjin P., in 4 years
  • ^^ my fathers hometown! :) as family tradition we go to Vigan (:nuts:8hrs. lng naman ang biyahe) everytime we have appointments in Manila.
    - rage@cebu, in 4 years
  • Can you locate Vigan? heheheh

    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/2195480272_0b6bae4f63_o.jpg
    Photo by Storm_Crypt (http://flickr.com/photos/storm-crypt/2195480272/) . flickr.com

    Ang ganda naman ng view, naiiyak ako. Ang ganda ng Pilipinas! :D
    - Sinjin P., in 4 years
  • Cabugao to open multi-million peso water system

    CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur—A multi-million peso water system built solely by the municipal government here is now ready to bring potable water supply to thousands of households in 14 big barangays including the Poblacion.

    Cabugao Mayor Diocaesar Suero said on Tuesday the water system, including its pipeline was set to open last Friday.
    He said that the water from the project is safe from any disease-causing organism and will cost less.

    “The cost of water from our system is considered as the cheapest as we will charge only P50 per first 10 cubic meters, equivalent to 50 drums or P1.00 per drum,” he said.

    The project, which is the rehabilitated Cabugao Water System, costs P40million.

    Of the amount, P35 million was loaned by the municipality from the Land Bank of the Philippines while the town provided the remaining P5 million.

    The water system took more than one year to construct.

    “A 12 kilometer main pipeline from Magarang Water Spring was rehabilitated in order to benefit 14 barangays along the south-eastern portion of our town,” he said.

    Suero said the newly rehabilitated water system is the first phase of the project benefiting the barangays in the south-eastern portion of the town.

    He disclosed that the planning for the second phase of the project costing P20 million is now going on in order to supply safe drinking water to majority of the households in Cabugao

    “First phase of the project targets to serve 2, 600 households, while the second phase will reach more than 2, 000 households in order to complete our target of 5, 000 households for the next two years,” he said.

    Based on record, almost 65% of the 40, 000 population of the town has been deprived of safe drinking water. (PNA (http://pangasinanstar.prepys.com/archives/2008/01/21/cabugao-to-open-multi-million-peso-water-system/#more-2289))
    - allan_dude, in 4 years
  • Can you locate Vigan? heheheh

    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/2195480272_0b6bae4f63_o.jpg
    Photo by Storm_Crypt (http://flickr.com/photos/storm-crypt/2195480272/) . flickr.com

    hmmm... I dunno but I'm not so sure if that's in Ilocos. I couldn't find the Quirino Bridge (Banauang Bridge) in there.

    may museum ba dito, ang pangalan Casa Maria Angela de Donato? or Donato Ancestral Home? may pics kayo? im trying to find my roots kasi...thanks

    I was born and raised in Vigan but I haven't heard such museum. But the Donato surname is prevalent in Vigan.:)

    I'm so excited to go to Vigan this summer! :happy:

    Aw, Sinj you'll love it there I swear.:okay:

    ^^ my fathers hometown! :) as family tradition we go to Vigan (:nuts:8hrs. lng naman ang biyahe) everytime we have appointments in Manila.

    Which part of Vigan is your dad from?
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • ^^ sa Vigan City cya pinanganak... hehehehe Sta. Catalina lng naman po cya lumaki. meron pa nga kmi ancestral home gnawa museum dun. lahat pala ng surnames starts with letter "R" hehehehe!
    - rage@cebu, in 4 years
  • hmmm... I dunno but I'm not so sure if that's in Ilocos. I couldn't find the Quirino Bridge (Banauang Bridge) in there.

    I can assure you thats in Ilocos Sur. Vigan yung nasa tabi mismo ng clouds sa upper right. You can also see the Quirino Bridge. Vigan in yellow indicator. Quirino Bridge in red indicator.
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/vigan02.jpg
    - BoNduRanT, in 4 years
  • ^^ andami kung nakikitang NPA! :lol:
    - chocolato1000, in 4 years
  • ^^ sa Vigan City cya pinanganak... hehehehe Sta. Catalina lng naman po cya lumaki. meron pa nga kmi ancestral home gnawa museum dun. lahat pala ng surnames starts with letter "R" hehehehe!

    I think I know what you're talking about. Is it the museum in Sta. Catalina? It's located in the town proper just behind the municipal hall (you'll see it first if you're coming from Vigan). I can't remember what was the name of the museum tho but I'm sure it's not Donato.

    I can assure you thats in Ilocos Sur. Vigan yung nasa tabi mismo ng clouds sa upper right. You can also see the Quirino Bridge. Vigan in yellow indicator. Quirino Bridge in red indicator.
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/vigan02.jpg

    Ah ok. At first I find it too rugged for it to be in Ilocos, but I think I can see it clearer now. I'm sorry.:)
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • I think I know what you're talking about. Is it the museum in Sta. Catalina? It's located in the town proper just behind the municipal hall (you'll see it first if you're coming from Vigan). I can't remember what was the name of the museum tho but I'm sure it's not Donato.


    YUP!!! HEHEHE! are you also from Vigan? san ka nag.aral? famous ksi mga cousins ko sa St. Paul...
    - rage@cebu, in 4 years
  • ^^ sa Vigan City cya pinanganak... hehehehe Sta. Catalina lng naman po cya lumaki. meron pa nga kmi ancestral home gnawa museum dun. lahat pala ng surnames starts with letter "R" hehehehe!

    Mga hospital-born ilocanos were born in Gabriela Silang sa Vigan..kase un lang ang kaisa-isang hospital non..
    As for the ''R'' surnames..nabubulol kase mga espanyol sa mga dating surnames..kaya each towns me specified letter sa umpisa..
    Me museum pala sa sta catalina..u know what, a norwegian bought a piece of land sa tabe ng dagat..hay,un pa naman ang lageng puntahan namen.

    I can assure you thats in Ilocos Sur. Vigan yung nasa tabi mismo ng clouds sa upper right. You can also see the Quirino Bridge. Vigan in yellow indicator. Quirino Bridge in red indicator.
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3/abercromb24/vigan02.jpg

    meron daw maganda hiking trail starting sa banauang bridge..havent checked that out yet
    - cheersmate, in 4 years
  • has anyone been to tirad pass? nice ride!!
    pwede sumakay sa salcedo,candon yata un..
    - cheersmate, in 4 years
  • YUP!!! HEHEHE! are you also from Vigan? san ka nag.aral? famous ksi mga cousins ko sa St. Paul...

    Born and raised in Vigan. I've lived my entire life there. I studied at St. Paul from Kindergarten to 6th Grade I was Batch '98 (grade school) then '02 during HS.

    Mga hospital-born ilocanos were born in Gabriela Silang sa Vigan..kase un lang ang kaisa-isang hospital non..
    As for the ''R'' surnames..nabubulol kase mga espanyol sa mga dating surnames..kaya each towns me specified letter sa umpisa..
    Me museum pala sa sta catalina..u know what, a norwegian bought a piece of land sa tabe ng dagat..hay,un pa naman ang lageng puntahan namen.



    meron daw maganda hiking trail starting sa banauang bridge..havent checked that out yet

    Me neither. But that sounds great.:)

    has anyone been to tirad pass? nice ride!!
    pwede sumakay sa salcedo,candon yata un..

    Yeah, you can take a bus or jeepney ride from Candon going to Gregorio del Pilar Municipality. I'm not so sure how much is the fare tho cause I haven't been there. But I think it's quite cheap.:)
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • Born and raised in Vigan. I've lived my entire life there. I studied at St. Paul from Kindergarten to 6th Grade I was Batch '98 (grade school) then '02 during HS.


    may kakilala kba frederick? batch yata kayo nun or nauna cya...
    - rage@cebu, in 4 years
  • Apelyido?
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • kaibigan ko taga sta. catalina apeliedo eh Reotutar.
    - chocolato1000, in 4 years
  • @rage: May classmate ako nung grade school, Donato apelyido nya pero she's from Vigan not Sta. Catalina. Sila yung owner ng local resto Queen Bee.
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • brownman. Alam mo bang sira na naman yung sea wall sa tabi ng highway between Narvacan and Santa( tama ba? Yung area right after Imelda Park at old coral formations) Parang every year na lang nasisira at ginagawa yung area na yun.
    - BoNduRanT, in 4 years
  • Talaga? Nasira yun nung Bagyo Feria eh kasama nung isang portion ng Banaoang Bridge. What happened? Before I left ok naman na sya.
    - brownman, in 4 years
  • Eto yung sinasabi kung place.
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1401/1456780580_1257a16748_b.jpg

    I dont know, I think the area is prone to landslides kasi tabi ng dagat at wala man lang barriers to protect it from the waves.
    - BoNduRanT, in 5 years
  • Yeah. I know that place. Para nga syang bangin. Malapit yan sa sementeryo eh.
    - brownman, in 5 years
  • ^^malamang guguho yan. tingnan mo naman yung nakaharap sa dagat-isang manipis na wall :lol:
    - le Reine, in 5 years
  • Kaya nga. That's how good Chavit's and the current Gov. Savellano's infrastructure projects for the whole province is.:lol:
    - brownman, in 5 years
  • ^^malamang guguho yan. tingnan mo naman yung nakaharap sa dagat-isang manipis na wall :lol:

    gusto nila yan para may budget every year.
    - chocolato1000, in 5 years
  • kaibigan ko taga sta. catalina apeliedo eh Reotutar.

    "R" nga mga apelyido dun... punta ka sementeryo "R" lahat nandun.
    - rage@cebu, in 5 years
  • gusto nila yan para may budget every year.

    last year nung pumunta ako parang ina.aayos naman, pero ang bagal talaga. hope to visit again this summer, sana merong flight Manila-Vigan tapos connecting to Cebu. :) ganda sana balik2x sa hometowns ko.
    - rage@cebu, in 5 years
  • Kaya nga. That's how good Chavit's and the current Gov. Savellano's infrastructure projects for the whole province is.:lol:

    Kaya pala Chavit ang pangalan niya, palagi nalang siya chumachavit :lol:
    - Sinjin P., in 6 years
  • ^^ :lol: Natawa naman talaga ako dun. When are you going to Vigan?

    Btw, has anyone been to Chavit's Sunflower Farm? Taga-Vigan ako but I've never been there. I only see it in photos.
    - brownman, in 6 years
  • 2 Bigueños attend international course in Japan (http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/content/view/167/106/)
    Written by Sheila Reyes
    Wednesday, 13 February 2008

    http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/images/stories/vigannews/japan.gif

    Two employees of the City Government of Vigan

    – VCENRO Glenn Concepcion and Arch. Eric Quadra representing the Philippines recently completed the International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage in Kyoto, Japan on November, 2007.

    With the increasing worldwide trend of serious and irreversible damages of cultural heritage in the world caused by natural and manmade disaster, the international training course is organized and sponsored by the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the Division of Cultural Heritage, ICCROM, ICOMOS, Ministry of Culture in Japan and the Ritsumeikan University Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage (Rits DMUCH) to provide interdisciplinary training for professionals and experts on cultural heritage and disaster management coming from 4 countries – Bangladesh, China, Peru and Philippines.

    The course comprised of lectures, field trips to various WH sites in Kyoto, group discussions and presentations leading to undertake an integrated risk assessment to analyze the vulnerability of cultural heritage to natural and manmade disasters; build integrated system for disaster risk management of cultural heritage, incorporating disaster preparedness and urban planning; formulate disaster risk management plan for cultural heritage; and establish an international scientific network system for risk management of cultural heritage.

    The world renowned lecturers of the course includes Mr. Giovanni Boccardi (Italy), Chief of the UNESCO WHC for Asia and the Pacific; Mr. Joseph King (USA), Sites Unit Director of the ICCROM; Dr. Kenzo TOKI (Japan), Director of the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage; Dr. Kanefusa MASUDA (Japan), UNESCO Chair on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management; Arch. Rohit Jigyasu (India), Conservation Architect, Disaster Mgmt. Cultural Office; Engr. Kumiko Shimotsuma (Japan), Cultural Properties Chief Specialist, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan; Dr. Takeyuki Okubo (Japan), Assoc. Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University; Mr. Yasumichi Murakami (Japan), Chief of the Cultural Assets Office, Hyogo Board of Education; Mr. Byungha Choi(Korea), Historic Architecture Division, Cultural Heritage Administration; Ms. Akiko Umezu (Japan), Cultural Property Specialist, Kyoto Prefecture Education Agency; Mr. Noriyoshi Tsuruoka(Japan), Cultural Property Specialist, Kyoto Prefecture Education Agency; and Archt. Hikokazu Omori (Japan), Chief Technical Expert of Cultural Property Buildings and Fire-Fighting Equipment.

    The successful participants of the 2nd International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage includes Akim Monowar Hossain Akhand and Md. Rafiqul Alam of Bangladesh; Mr. Shijun He and Ms. Cuiyu He of China; Maria Del Carmen Corrales Perez and Patricia Isabel Gibu Yague of Peru; and Glenn Concepcion and Eric Quadra of the Philippines.

    VCENRO Glenn Concepcion became the 1st Bigueno lecturer in the history of the World Cultural Forum during the 5th World Cultural Forum 2007 held in Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan on Nov. 17, 2007.

    On his lecture during the Toki Session of the forum focus on the theme “Cultural Heritage and Earthquake: Are we really prepared for protection”, Concepcion presented the Disaster Risk Management for the Historic City of Vigan which is one of the two adjudged by jurors Mr. Giovanni Boccardi, UNESCO WHC Chief for East Asia and Pacific, and Mr. Joseph King, ICCROM Sites Unit Director, as the Best Outputs in the International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. Also chosen was the output of the participants from Lima, Peru presented by Archt. Maria Del Carmen Corrales Perez.

    Concepcion presented the various programs and projects of the city government on Vigan’s cultural heritage centered on the Heritage Conservation as a Tool for Development program of the city in sync with the different disaster risk management programs in protecting its unique heritage for the humankind to value and safeguard. He even extends his invitation to Japanese culture lovers and fund donors to come to Vigan and invest specially on its cultural heritage program to fully maximize the “Power of Culture” program of Japan.

    The World Cultural Forum is an annual international forum that provides opportunities for world’s leading cultural icons and artist to come together to discuss the latest trends and directions in world culture and share insights on various issues related to culture, and thus serving as a medium for presenting cultural messages to the world.

    The 5th World Cultural Forum 2007 with the theme “Spreading the Power of Culture from Japan” comprises five sessions which toke place in a specially selected prestigious historic or modern building in the regions of Kansai, Kyushu and Tokyo on November 10 – 25, 2007.

    The panelist/lecturers during the Toki Session includes Prof. Toki Kenzo (Japan), Director, Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University; Mr. Giovanni Boccardi, Chief of East Asia and the Pacific Unit, UNESCO World Heritage Centre; Ms. Reizi Kimiko Japan, Executive Director and Member of Board of Trustees, Reizei Family Shigure-Tei Museum; Ms. Fuji Jeanie, Proprietress of Fujiya Ryokan in Ginzan Onsen, Yamagata Prefecture/Committee member, Subdivision on Cultural Properties(World Cultural Heritage Special Committee) of the Council for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs; and Mori Konin (Japan), Director, Department of Rituals and Ceremonies, Kiyomizudera Temple.

    The World Cultural Forum is a core event in the “Power of Culture from Kansai” and Power of Culture from Kyushu and Okinawa” Project of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.
    - brownman, in 6 years
  • Czech envoy cites hospitable Vigan residents

    By Freddie G. Lazaro


    Vigan City -- Czech Republic envoy to the Philippines, Ambassador Jaroslav Ludva, had cited the hospitality of the residents of this well–known world heritage city during his recent short visit here.

    Ambassador Ludva, together with his family, visited Vigan City as part of their pilgrimage tour to the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. He turned over a statute or replica of the Santo Nino de Praga to the Metro Vigan Cathedral.

    City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina, City Vice Mayor Franz Ranches, members of the city council and city employees gave the envoy and his family a welcome lunch at Vigan City and Trade Center (VCTC).

    "I'm so much impressed to the hospitality being given by the city government officials and resident during my visit here," Ambassador Ludva said.

    He also considered the proposed sisterhood relationship between Vigan City and the Czech Republic.

    "The proposed sisterhood relationship between Vigan City and our Czech Republic is a very nice plan to have better ties in exchanging programs particularly in heritage conservation. This is to consider that Vigan City and our Czech Republic had several common structures, and religious cultures and traditions," he said.

    In response, Mayor Medina said that it is a great honor for the city government to have the proposed sisterhood relationship is realized. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p080305.htm&no=73&r=&y=&mo=
    - allan_dude, in 6 years
  • Hi,

    My relatives came back home to US from a recent trip to PI. they got me a bag of my new favorite thing to munch on in the world -- Vigan Chichacorn!! I can't believe they only bought ONE bag! So, is there anyway/source I can get more to the US? HELP! I'm desperate! The bag is empty!!

    Yours truly,
    Chichacorny Fann :nuts:
    - fannilla, in 6 years
  • ^^ I'm not sure if you could get it there. Try looking at those Filipino stores, they might have it. Or sometimes, I've heard some families mostly coming from the Ilocos area make homemade chichacorn.:)
    - brownman, in 6 years
  • Vigan City government, gumatang iti takong, bula

    Tawid News Magasin

    VIGAN CITY - Gapu iti panagkirang dagiti maparti a baboy, panggep ti city government ditoy ti gumatang iti takong ken bula.

    Kanaig daytoy, imbilin ni Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina ken ni city veterinarian Dr. Liborio Arca ti panagkambasna iti takong ken bula a gatangen ti gobierno ti siudad tapno mapaganakda kas paset ti panangalay-ay iti panagkirang dagiti magatang a baboy para iti lokal a consumption ditoy.

    Inyunay-unay ti mayora ken ni Dr. Liborio Arca ti panagsapulda kadagiti 10 a pangganakan a takong tapno dardaras a makaanakda iti burias a maiwaras kadagiti residente ditoy a mayat nga agtaraken iti minimal a presio a maisublinto met laeng iti city government.

    Itay nabiit, ingngato dagiti aglaklako ditoy ti presio ti karne ti baboy manipud iti P140 iti P150.

    Kangrunaan a rason dagiti meat vendors iti kakisang ti magatang a liveweight a baboy ket makadanonda payen iti adayo a lugar nga aggatang iti partienda a baboy.

    Segun ken ni Arca, naammuanna iti panagkambasna iti gatangen ti city government a takong nga adda lakoda iti Binangonan ken Cavite ngem agpategda iti P35,000 idinto nga iti Batangas, magatangda iti P25,000.

    Naammuan a temporario a maikabil dagiti magatang a dingnguen iti piggery farm ni Konsehal Loreto Quibilan sakbay a maiwarasda kadagiti agtaraken.
    - allan_dude, in 6 years
  • Color coding kadagiti ili, naindagadag a mayimplimentar

    Tawid News Magasin

    SANTA, Ilocos Sur - Indagadag ni Mayor Jeremy Jesus Bueno III ti pannakaiyemplementar ti color coding ti bilog kadagiti nadumaduma nga ili tapno malapdan ti panagkalap iti illegal a wagas.

    Iti interbiona iti DZTP Radio Tirad Pass ken Tawid News Magasin itay nabiit, indagadag ti pannakaipakat ti color coding kadagiti nadumaduma nga ili agsipud ta maseknan ti Santa a maysa a coastal municipality.

    “Uray makuna nga awan ti agbongbongbong iti ilitayo, adda dagiti sumsumrek a mangngalap a di ammo nga ili ti naggapuanda agsipud ta awan ti pakabigbigan a kolor ti bangka nga aramatenda,” kinuna ni Bueno.

    “Tapno makontroltayo ken maiwayat ti seguridad dagiti mangngalap iti baybay, napintas no adda color coding amin a bilog kadagiti ili tapno mabigbig dagiti aglablabsing iti coastal laws,” innayon ti mayor.

    Inlawlawag ni Bueno a daytoy a dagadagna ket mainaig iti ordinansa a naanamongan iti Sangguniang Panlalawigan ti Ilocos Sur babaen ti panangilungalong idi ni Vice Governor Jerry Singson.

    “Napintas no adda color coding tapno makapagsasarita dagiti mayor kadagiti maseknan nga ili ket maikkanda iti solusion daytoy a problema,” kinuna ni Bueno. (Danny Antalan)
    - allan_dude, in 6 years
  • ^^Mayat dagitoy nga balita. Ilocano ak ngem marigatan ak latta nga agbasa iti nauneg nga sao. :lol:
    - tracymack, in 7 years
  • ^^Adda pay.. :lol:

    Summer vacation assistance centers, maipasdek

    Tawid News Team

    SAN JUAN, Ilocos Sur - Kinuna ti hepe ti polis a maipasdek ditoy dagiti assistance centers iti isasangbay ti bakasion iti daytoy a kalgaw.

    Kinuna ni Police Senior Inspector Edwin Tremor a maipasdek dagiti assistance centers, maysa iti amianan ken maysa iti abagatan, tapno adda mangipaay iti tulong kadagiti agproblema nga agdaliasat iti kalsada nasional a sakup daytoy nga ili.

    Makikinnamayyet iti daytoy a gannuat ti kapolisan ditoy dagiti NGOs, tanod ken radio groups.
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Diversion road, ipasdek ti Candon City

    Danny Antalan

    CANDON CITY - Naidatagen iti National Economic and Development Authority ti maysa a resolusion ti siudad para iti pannakaipasdek iti by-pass road tapno masolbar ti problema ti trapiko ditoy.

    Masarakan ti kalsada iti lauden a paset ti agdama a national highway ket labsanna dagiti sumagmamano a barangay.

    Manipud iti amianan, sumrek ti kalsada iti barangay Bagar sa sumalpot iti barangay San Agustin, San Nicolas, Paras ket ditoy ti rummuaranna iti bangir nga ungto.

    Iti agdama, ti trapiko ti maysa kadagiti problema ditoy siudad gapu ta madalan dagiti lugan ti sentro ket no adda aktibidad, kas iti parada wenno piesta, maapektaran unay ti panagdaliasat dagiti luglugan.
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Bill seeking to establish economic zone, freeport in Ilocos Sur backed

    VIGAN CITY, (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) -- Local officials and businessmen have expressed their full support to a bill seeking to establish a special economic zone and freeport authority in the province.

    House Bill 1534 authored by Rep. Ronald Singson of Ilocos Sur was discussed in a public hearing conducted on Tuesday at Baluarte, Vigan City by members of the House Committeee on Economic Affairs.

    Rep. Ramon Durano IV of Cebu, chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs, led the public hearing attended by concerned local officials and members of the business sector who all endorsed the bill.

    HB 1534 is a proposed economic legislative measure seeking to establish an Ilocos Sur Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ISSEZFA) along the premises of the Salomague Port in Cabugao town.

    Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano, also Chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Region 1, said the conversion of Salomague Port into economic zone will create job opportunities and investment opportunities not only for the people of the province but also in the entire Northern Luzon.

    The creation of special economic zone within the premises of the Salomague Port will spur the development and progress not only of Ilocos Sur but also all provinces in the north, he said.

    Similarly, businessman Cirilo Lao, president of the Ilocos Surs Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, expressed full support to the bill and called for its enactment.

    On the other hand, Hermenegildo Dumlao, executive director of the North Luzon Growth Quadrangle Management Area (NLGQMA), Presidential Assistant Enrie Mendoza, San Juan town Mayor Benjamin Sarmiento and Cabugao town Mayor Dioceaesar S. Suero strongly called for the enactment of Singsons bill.

    Singson cited some advantages of Salomague Port as compared to other ports in the country, considering its proximity to China, Taiwan, Japan and other Southeast Asian nations.

    The Salomague Port is ideal for free port zone because it is a natural harbor, its semi-circular shorelines can accommodate dozens of shipping vessels, he added.

    Singson recalled that former Congressman Salacnib Baterina filed a similar bill but it died a natural death because it was not enacted before the adjournment of the last Congress.

    Congressman Singson, son of former Ilocos Sur Gov.Luis Chavit Singson, also disclosed that he convinced Senator Miguel Zubiri to file a counterpart bill in the Senate.

    With Reps. Singson and Durano in that public hearing were Congressmen Mark Douglas Cagas IV of Davao del Sur, Nonato Joson of Nueva Ecija, Antonio Lagdameo of Davao del Norte, Albert Garcia of Bataan and Roman Romulo of Pasig City.
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Gakat a mamagbalin ti Salomague Port nga ecozone, tutokan ni Cong. Singson

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan

    VIGAN CITY - Impatalged ni Diputado Ronald Singson a tutokanna ti impilana a gakat a mamagbalin ti Salomague port nga economic and freeport zone manipud iti Kamara agingga iti Senado tapno agbalin a naan-anay a linteg.

    Itay Marso 25, inangay ti House committee on economic affairs ti consultation ken public forum mainaig iti nasao a gakat iti Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

    Kinuna ni Singson nga adda metten counterpart a gakat nga impila ni Sen. Miguel Zubiri iti Senado ken impanamnama ni Sen. Aquilino Pimentel iti itutulongna tapno maaprobaran daytoy a gakat.

    Kinuna ni Singson a maiyataday ti panagbalin ti Salomague Port nga ecozone iti programa ni Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a mangpabileg ken mangpapigsa kadagiti nadumaduma a rehion tapno saan a concentrated ti kapital iti Metro Manila.

    Kinuna ti mangibagi iti First District ti Ilocos Sur a no maipasdek ti economic zone ken freeport authority iti Cabugao, “namnamaentayo nga adu nga investment ti aggapu iti ballasiw-taaw a mangbatir iti ekonomiatayo.”

    Innayon ni Singson a no agbalinton nga ecozone ti Salomague port, adunto dagiti paktoria ken pabrika a maipasdek ditoy, maiyempleo dagiti adu a tattao ket saanto laengen a panagtalon ti pagsapulan dagiti umili ta addanton sumrekanda a trabaho.

    Kinunana a maysa a pagsayaatan ti Salomague port ta natural cove daytoy a natalged a pagsangladan dagiti bapor uray iti panawen ti bagyo.

    Kabayatanna, iti interbiona iti radio itay lawasna, kinuna ni dati a Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson a “good as approved” ti gakat ti anakna iti Kamara idinto nga innayonna a “daytoy ti ur-urayen dagiti investors tapno agibautda iti negosioda iti ecozone”.

    Kinuna ti dati a gobernador nga iti panagbalin ti China a superpower, aglippias dagiti pagimbagan iti probinsia gapu iti kaasidegna iti nasao a pagilian.

    Impila manen ni Cong. Singson daytoy a gakat nga immuna nga impila ni dati a Dip. Salacnib Baterina agsipud ta saan a naaktuaran iti bicameral conference committee gapu ta nasakaw iti eleksion idi Mayo 14, 2007.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2165/66/
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • P3.7-M a diversion dam, pasayakanna 80 ektaria a talon

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan

    STA. MARIA, Ilocos Sur - Kinuna ni Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano a dakkel ti maitulong ti diversion dam a naipasdek ditoy nga ili tapno maibangon ti industria ti tabako a pagtitinnulongan dagiti opisial ditoy a biagen.

    “Sapay la koma ta rugi daytoy ti ad-adu pay a tulong nga ipaay ni Dr. Lucio Tan para iti probinsia. Kas kasukatna, ipanamnamami ti panangisuplaymi iti de-kalidad a tabako,” kinuna ti gobernador.

    Pormal a nainagunaran ti agpateg iti P3.7 a milion a diversion dam nga indonar ni Dr. Lucio Tan iti Barangay Silag itoy nga ili idi Marso 22.

    Mapasayakan ti nasao a proyekto ti aganay 80 nga ektaria ti kataltalonan iti Barangay Silag, Pacang, Butir ken Cabaruan.

    Segun met ken ni Cong. Eric Singson, kaunaan daytoy nga irrigation project iti probinsia a pinunduan ti pribado a tao a dakkel a itdenna a pagnam-ayan kadagiti uppat a barangay.

    Kabayatanna, dinawat ni Tan ti panangaywan koma dagiti agindeg iti intedna a proyekto tapno agpaut daytoy ken ad-adu ti agsagrap. Inanamaen ti nagidonar a mapasayaat daytoy ti agrikultura itoy a paset ti Ilocos Sur.

    Binisita pay ti grupo ni Tan ti proyektoda iti Batac, Ilocos Norte ken iti La Union iti dayta met la nga aldaw. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2163/66/
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • ^^ hala, hindi ko maintindihan.. i should study ilokano.. (tama ba?)
    - leechtat, in 7 years
  • ^^ hala, hindi ko maintindihan.. i should study ilokano.. (tama ba?) Yes. :lol:
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Vigan, Candon, 3 pay nga ili, napadayawan

    Tawid News Team

    CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur - Dua a siudad ken tallo nga ili ditoy ti napili a kasayaatan iti kategoria a nakisalipanda iti intero a rehion, daytoy ti naiwaragawag bayat ti regiondal development council meeting a naangay iti Cabugao Beach Resort ditoy itay nabiit.

    Nangabak ti Vigan City a Safest, Greenest and Cleanest City, ti Candon City kas champion iti Search for Best LGU for Local Government Program Management System, ti Tagudin kas champion iti Best Practices ken Cabugao kas Safest, Greenest, Cleanest Municipality iti intero a rehion.

    Naited met iti Caoayan ti Most Outstanding Entrepreneur for Region I gapu iti industriana a loom weaving.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2158/73/
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Motorist assistance stations, naipasdek

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan

    TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur - Duapulo a motorist assistance stations ti naipasdek a timmulong kadagiti nagbakasion iti probinsia idi Semana Santa, daytoy ti naammuan manipud iti Citizen’s Involvement and Services, Inc. (CIS).

    Segun ken ni Dante Tacata, maysa kadagiti opisial ti CIS, naipasdek dagiti motorist assistance stations a nagserbi a katulongan dagiti motorista iti panagdaliasatda iti national highway manipud Sinait agingga ditoy nga ili.

    Kinunana a timmulong pay ti CIS iti panangipatuldo kadagiti agdamag a turista iti direksion a turongenda bayat ti kaaddada iti Ilocos Sur.

    Kinuna ni Gob. DV Savellano a maysa daytoy a wagas a panangipakita dagiti taga-Ilocos Sur iti kinamanagsangailida a mabalin a makatulong iti turismo itoy a kalgaw. (Mancielito S. Tacadena)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2155/73/
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • :wave:

    sharing this one in the Sur thread

    APRIL 2008 issue of FOOD Magazine
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    - whyte, in 7 years
  • Vigan raises funds for women's development program

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Vigan City (4 April) -- The city government of Vigan had extended all–out observance of this year's national women's month this March after it implemented various activities promoting the rights of women.

    This developed when City Mayor Eva Marie–Singson Medina initiated the launching of the "physical fitness program for a cause" to raise funds for assistance program for the abused or battered women.

    "With this physical fitness program, we are not only maintaining our good health and our sexy body but we voluntarily donate a meager amount to generate funds for our programs related to women development," Medina said.

    This activity of the city government was very relevant to this year's theme: "CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan" focuses on the need to generate resources to finance initiatives on gender equality and the empowerment of women. CEDAW stands for Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.

    Aside from the physical fitness program, the city government through the initiative of Mayor Medina conducted the other activities for women such as the maiden "Extra Challenge for Women" involving 12 women's organizations in the city; the "Mini – Fair of Women's Group" at the back of the city hall showcasing the different products made by women and offering free hair cut, manicure and pedicure; and the free check for women.

    "The city government comes up with the free check–up program for all women in the city to anticipate the possible occurrence of hard diseases considering that women nowadays are vulnerable to breast cancer, diabetes and other diseases," she said.

    To sustain the women's continuing program, the city government also sponsored a 2-day strategic planning for the development of long - term and medium – term plans attended by the leaders and representatives from the city's 12 women's organizations.

    "The outputs in our two-day strategic planning seminar had something to do with strengthening the family, livelihood activities, environmental protection and promoting the various Filipino–Christians core values," Medina added.

    During the earlier celebration of the women's month, the city government also sponsored the free mass wedding ceremony involving 106 unwed couples held at Vigan Metropolitan Cathedral.

    The mass wedding program was firstly initiated by then former City Mayor Ferdinand C. Medina as part of the celebration of the annual national women's month on March every year and to give the chance to unwed couples to receive the vow of marriage.

    City Mayor Eva and former Mayor Ferdie Medina were the main wedding sponsors of every couple. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p080404.htm&no=15&r=&y=&mo=
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Eco-zone bill for Ilocos Sur gains multi-sectoral support

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Vigan City -- Lawmakers, local officials, and businessmen expressed their full support to a bill sponsored by Congressman Ronald Singson establishing a special economic zone and Freeport authority in the province.

    This developed when Congressman Ramon Durano IV, House Committee Chairman on Economic Affairs, concerned local officials and business sectors has approved House Bill 1534 during a public hearing held in Baluarte, Vigan City recently.

    The HB 1534, which is sponsored by Congressman Singson, is a proposed economic legislative measure establishing an Ilocos Sur Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ISSEZFA) along the premises of the Salomague Port in Cabugao town.

    Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano, who is also an incumbent Chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Region 1, told that the conversion of Salomague Port into economic zone will create job opportunities and investment opportunities not only for the people in the province but also in the entire Northern Luzon.

    "The creation of special economic zone within the premises of the Salomague Port will spur the development and progress not only in Ilocos Sur but also in the entire provinces in Northern regions," Savellano said.

    Similarly, Businessman Cirilo Lao, President of the Ilocos Sur's Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, expressed their support for the bill's enactment.

    Along with Cirilo, Undersecretary Hermenegildo Dumlao, Executive Director of the North Luzon Growth Quadrangle Management Area (NLGQMA), Presidential Assistant Ernie Mendoza, San Juan town Mayor Benjamin Sarmiento and Cabugao town Mayor Dioceaesar S. Suero have strongly favored the enactment of Singson's bill.

    Singson cited the some advantages of Salomague Port as compared to other ports in the country, considering its proximity to China, Taiwan, Japan and other Southeast Asian Nations.

    "The Salomague Port is ideal for free port zone because it is a natural harbor, its sime-circular shorelines can accommodate dozens of shipping vessels," Singson added.

    He recalled that former Congressman Salacnib Baterina had firstly filed a similar bill but it was not enacted before the congress's adjournment last year.

    Congressman Singson, a son of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson, also disclosed that he convinced Senator Miguel Zubiri to file a counterpart bill in the Senate to further hasten the processing on enactment of his eco-zone bill.

    Along with Singson and Durano, Congressman Mark Douglas Cagas IV of Davao del Sur, Nonato Joson of Nueva Ecija, Antonio Lagdameo of Davao del Norte, Albert Garcia of Bataan and Roman Romulo of Pasig City were present during the hearing and consultation of the proposed bill.

    Meanwhile, former Governor Singson said that the enactment of the HB 1534 into law will probably strengthen the country's domestic and foreign trade as well as enhance the country's global competitiveness. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080408.htm&no=36
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • Vigan celebrates grand slam win as cleanest city in Ilocos

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Vigan City -- Residents of this country's known world heritage city of the north were doubly proud when the city won the cleanest, greenest and safest city in Ilocos region for three consecutive years, making the city 'Hall of Famer', according to City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina.

    Mayor Medina cited the all–out cooperation of the city's residents in the efficient implementation of the solid waste management.

    "The award that the city government received was an award dedicated to the people of Vigan for their all–out support to our programs for the benefit of each and every one of us," Medina said.

    Recently, the City of Vigan cited as the 2007 cleanest, greenest and safest city in Region One in a simple ceremony during the regular meetings of the Regional Development Council (RDC) held at Cabugao Beach Resort, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur. The city government won the said award in three successive years from 2005 to 2007.

    It was noted that the Vigan City was the only city government in Northern Luzon that has a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) plant that recycles biodegradable material into organic fertilizer.

    Also, the city government has a plant to process the "styrofor" garbage materials from food chains into plastic tables. These tables made from "styrofor" are presently distributed to all day care centers in the city.

    'We are now planning to purchase pulverizing machines on plastic packages garbage and bottles to lessen the recovery materials to be processed in the MRF and to create additional livelihood for the people of Vigan considering that the pulverized plastic bags and packs materials are excellent materials in pillow making while the pulverized bottles are excellent for mixtures on cement," Medina said.

    "We are also planning to buy a machine converting the garbage paper materials into paper coal "bricket." This paper coal bricket was proven to be good cooking material," she added.

    According to Medina, the city government will implement these measures in the future years to maximize the uses of the recovered garbage materials in the city and to further lengthen the life span of their MRF plant.

    During the awarding ceremony, the town of Cabugao also in Ilocos Sur was the cleanest, greenest and safest town in the region under 2nd to 4th class municipal category.

    While Candon City was honored as the city's best implementor of the Local Government Program Management System in Region I and Tagudin town was the town's best implementor of the Local Government Program Management System under the 2nd to 4th class municipal category in the region.

    For his part, Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano, the chairman of the RDC in Region 1, congratulated the different LGU's in the province for their outstanding performance in the implementation of various programs of the government.

    "These achievements of our LGUs shows that our province is the safest place for visitors and tourists to invest any project here" he said. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080408.htm&no=38
    - allan_dude, in 7 years
  • ^^Congratulations to thepeople of Vigan for making the city safe and clean place to live in.
    - garzland, in 7 years
  • Sarahmania sweeps Candon for her first major concert after US tour

    CANDON CITY - The Ilocanos are excited over singer Sarah Geronimo's decision to hold her first major concert for free here at the Darapidap Beach on April 16.

    Geronimo would be the headliner of "Live in Motion in Ilocandia," which is part of the Tobacco Festival of Candon City.

    "I am very excited to perform in the North. I wanted to sing here and take a break as well," Geronimo said in an email message to GMANews.TV.

    "It is very relaxing in Ilocos," she said.

    Geronimo would be performing in the coastal village of Darapidap with Mark Bautista.

    "People here and in neighboring towns are very excited that all the beach houses in the area had been booked in advance and people are already reserving their space during the concert," said Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson.

    Sarahmania has hit the town and it has become the major topic of conversation in the streets and radio stations here.

    "People had been calling from as far as Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte for tickets," said Arlon Serdenia, manager of DZTP radio here.

    DZTP has staged the Candonian Idol to highlight Sarah Geronimo's concert here. Extreme Magic Sing is the major sponsor of the event as Geronimo is their image model.

    Sarah Geronimo romped off with the major awards in the 2008 MYX Music Awards, bagging the Favorite Artist and Favorite Female Artist awards. Her song, Ikaw, won as Favorite Song.

    Geronimo released "Sarah Geronimo In Motion DVD" on February 27, 2008 and launched her Champions Tour in the US immediately after. In Los Angeles, she recorded with Howie D, a member of The Backstreet Boys. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/89105/Sarahmania-sweeps-Candon-for-her-first-major-concert-after-US-tour
    - allan_dude, in 8 years
  • 15 makisalip iti Binatbatan streetdancing competition

    VIGAN CITY - Sangapulo ket lima ti makisalip iti streetdancing iti masungad a panagpiesta daytoy a siudad iti daytoy a Mayo, segun iti mayora ditoy.

    Malaksid ti Longganisa Festival a maang-angay iti Enero, dakkel nga atraksion kadagiti sangaili ken turista ti panangrambak daytoy a siudad iti May Festival a pakaitampokan ti Binatbatan streetdancing competition.

    Segun ken ni Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina, addanto pay dagiti sabsabali nga aktibidad a kas iti food and trade fair, bancathon, beach volley competion, cross country bike race, Amazing Heritage Race ken dadduma pay.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2219/73/
    - allan_dude, in 8 years
  • Zarzuela, biagen ti gobierno probinsial ti Ilocos Sur

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan

    MAGSINGAL, Ilocos Sur - Kas paset ti programana a panangitandudo iti kultura dagiti Ilokano, naipabuya ditoy idi Abril 5 ti zarzuela a “Diosko, Apay a Binaybay-annak?” babaen ti panagkinnamayyet ti 3A’s ken Mayyang Productions.

    Segun ken ni Gov. Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano, rugin daytoy ti Dur-as ken Victoria iti Benneg ken Salinong ti Kultura (DVBS) Zarzuela Ilocana Festival nga esponsoran ti gobierno probinsial ti Ilocos Sur.

    “Nairugin ti programatayo tapno mapreserba ti kannawidan dagiti tribu babaen ti Tribal Festival. Ita, dagiti met kultura ken arte dagiti taga-patad ti isarunotayo,” kinuna ti gobernador.

    Manipud Abril 5 agingga iti Mayo 24, siam a dramatic troupe ti agpabuya kadagiti ili a Magsingal, Cabugao, San Ildefonso, Santa, Narvacan, Sta. Maria, Banayoyo and Sta. Cruz. Ikkan ti gobierno probinsial iti P20,000 ti tunggal grupo kas tulongna a pinansial kadakuada.

    Kinuna ti gobernador a mairerord amin a zarzuela babaen ti NBN Vigan tapno maipabuya iti telebision.

    Mapilinto pay dagiti sumaganad kas major awards: best story, best director, best actress, best actor, best female comedian, best male comedian, best orchestra/musical scoring, ken best art direction. Maiyawat met ti minor awards para iti best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best child actor, ken best child actress.

    Maangay ti awarding ceremony iti maudi a lawas ti Mayo. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2221/66/
    - allan_dude, in 8 years
  • Getting Lost: Beach-hopping in Cabugao

    By CHEN REYES-MENCIAS (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/www.tourismplan.blogspot.com)

    For sure Boracay will once again be full of people as tourism peaks this summer. I visited the island in 1985 and have not been back since. I know I will surely be dismayed by the commercialism and the changes that have occurred since then. Unfortunately many people now defines a beach paradise as Boracay and sees beauty only in beaches with fine white sand. Deepening one’s understanding of what a beach is and the many other features of the coastal area will perhaps promote appreciation of the other types of beaches that our country is known for.

    Approximately 30 minutes north of Vigan, Ilocos Sur is a town considered as the newest surfing destination in Luzon. It is known for its deeply rooted history, fabulous seascapes and a laid-back country atmosphere. Named after a chiefstain who was revered by the people, Cabugao is a place where one can experience varied types of beaches and learn to appreciate landscapes and seascapes.

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    Inter-tidal zone

    When I reached the center of town I turned into a side street towards the beach until I got to the quaint and beautiful Gentle Breeze Resort. Run by Virgie and Ed Alambat, the resort offers a stunning view of Salomague Island. The tide was low hence I decided to take a hike along the inter-tidal zone. Several young mangrove trees had been transplanted here and is part of the effort to restore that what used to be abundant along the shore. Several species of corals, fish and benthic animals thrive in the small pools that had trapped water.

    Resilience is the name of the game when it comes to this part of the beach that is constantly battling with tidal movement and exposure. Marine creatures that live here have to deal with the extremes daily. When tide moves, strong currents can dislodge them.

    Pools that trap water are heated up during the day and are cooled down by the incoming tide.

    Late in the afternoon I decided to watch the sunset from the balcony of my room. I noticed several women and children walking along the inter-tidal zone collecting shells, sea cucumbers and perhaps even some trapped fish and octopus. Gleaning is a way of collecting food when the tide is low and this practice has become part of the Filipino seaside culture.

    Sandy beach

    Early the next day I traveled through a long stretch of sandy beach further north. Here many locals and visitors had come to swim, frolic and enjoy the beach while picnicking under the coconut trees. Some have rented small cottages lined up along the coast. I came upon several men, women and children pulling a long net. It was fascinating how people come together for a “bayanihan” and share in the sea’s bounty. After they have collected the catch, the net is gathered and placed on the boat to be laid out again.

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    Team work. A woman rests after guiding the viray that laid out the net. Photo courtesy of Chen Reyes-Mencias

    A bamboo raft is maneuvered away from shore and it guided a viray. It is a deep boat without an outrigger but equipped with several paddles. Six men handled the boat, positioned it in place and laid out the net. After some time the people on the beach pulled it in a concerted effort. Nothing is wasted. Even seaweeds are taken. It is fascinating to note that this marine plant that is often taken for granted is now a staple food among poor coastal dwellers.

    Surfers dream

    Not to pass off on a great opportunity I decided to spend a day over at Salomague island. While waiting for my boat I could not help but notice the humongous waves battering the nearby reef. I was told that these are the waves that surfers come for. True enough two seasoned surfers carrying short boards bravely paddled away from the beach and rode the waves. The reef break of Salomague is proving quite a challenge among the surfing community. One local surfer even said that only the experienced surfers can survive this place.

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    Catch. A fisherman shows off part of his catch after an hour of fishing with his spear. Photo courtesy of Chen Reyes-Mencias

    The waves of Cabugao are now coveted by every seasoned surfer. The configuration of the island, the channel and the shore produces a most unique and amazing set of waves. A municipal ordinance has declared the reefs and surrounding waters as a marine sanctuary, hence protection is provided.

    Uninhabited island

    Cabugao’s history goes back to the 16th century when Port Salomague was a thriving area of commerce and industry. It was a major port where traders, seafarers and merchants from many Asian countries dock and bring in their goods. When the Americans came, it played a pivotal role in the migration of Ilocanos who went to Hawaii and California to work in the sugarcane plantations.

    Boats during the Spanish and American eras used to travel across oceans and dock here. On their way in they pass the island of Salomague that is then uninhabited. The 1,109-hectare island can easily be reached from the mainland by a five-minute banca ride.

    The rocky shore made landing difficult. But the stretch of golden sand was too enticing such that the challenge of wading knee deep in corals and boulders was worth the sacrifice. Short hiking trails crisscross the island and one can venture to the other side without having to walk along the rocky shore.

    The turquoise-blue water provides endless opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. The coarse sand is a mixture of crushed corals and shells. It indicates that the source is nearby. It is often said that the underwater terrain is an extension of the coastline and this “rule” is quite apparent in this island where shallow coral gardens provide habitat for many species of marine life. Medium-sized boulders are overgrown with corals and sponges and have provided niches for fish, shrimps and mollusks.

    Human impact

    Salomague Island is totally uninhabited and this provides a level of protection since pressure from human activities had decreased over the years. In time the island can become a major tourist destination. The local government though needs to impose regulations and protocols in order to ensure continued protection from irresponsible tourists.

    Even the limited tourist traffic has already taken its toll. During my hike I came upon a heap of discarded styrofoam plates, plastic spoons and forks that were obviously left by tourists that came before me.

    It was an appalling sight and reminded me of a poster I have recently seen where it says that such garbage can remain on the reef for more than 100 years. Reef thrash is a major concern among coastal communities. They are continuously dislodged by waves and current and smother live corals, prevent them from feeding and getting sunlight that they need for survival.

    The coastal area has many faces. There are fine white sandy beaches or coralline areas that are excellent for lazing around, sunbathing, swimming and even snorkeling. But there are also beaches where communities rely on for food, where ecological integrity needs to be protected for the benefit of the whole of humanity.

    While places like Cabugao provide opportunities for recreation, they also teach. Travel is a learning experience and tourists have the responsibility to tread lightly especially in places that are ecologically fragile. Make this a summer of tremendous learning and travel knowing that every step you take leaves a footprint not just on the sand but also on the planet.

    Courtesy of http://www.nordis.net/blog/?p=2408
    - allan_dude, in 8 years
  • 20,000 attend Sarah Geronimo's free beach concert in Candon

    CANDON CITY, Philippines - It was the biggest crowd that Candon has ever gathered. So it would not be a surprise that Sarah Geronimo's free concert here at Darapidap Beach would have a repeat.

    "Babalik talaga ako sa Candon. Masaya dito," the exhausted singer said after her two-hour concert.

    (I’ll be back. It’s fun here.)

    More than 20,000 attended the two-hour concert that also featured Mark Bautista.

    "There would have been more had it not rain an hour before the concert," said Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, who sponsored the concert together with Extreme Magic Sing, of which Geronimo is the image model.

    Traffic was at a standstill at the seven-kilometer stretch from the national highway to the beach area. Many in the audience came from as far as La Union and Ilocos Norte.

    Dubbed "Sarah Geronimo in Motion," the concert had the same format as her concert in the US, she admitted.

    "It followed a storyline similar to my life," she said.

    Her most applauded songs included "To Love You More," "Bituing Walang Ningning," "Pangarap na Bituin" and a medley of jukebox classics with a contemporary funky beat.

    Wearing a glittery miniskirt, Sarah Geronimo certainly won the hearts of the Candonians.

    "She looks like an Ilocana," said Cherry Mae Robredo, a young Candonian singer who is also a Ryan Cayabyab voice scholar.

    Sarahmania swept the city since last week, egged by radio promos and posters in the city. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/90279/20000-attended-Sarah-Geronimos-free-beach-concert-in-Candon
    - allan_dude, in 8 years
  • Getting Lost: Momuments of time

    By CHEN REYES-MENCIAS

    Since 1982, the world has been celebrating April 18 of each year as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. What better way to highlight the need to celebrate our religious heritage than to focus on two important icons in our country’s religious history. A couple of months ago I had the chance to visit two Unesco World Heritage sites in Region 1, namely the Church of St. Agustine in Paoay, Ilocos Norte and the Nuestra Señora in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur.

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    LEANING BELLFRY. The brick bell tower of Sta. Maria Church is actually tilting to its side. Photo courtesy of Chen Reyes-Mencias

    Outstanding universal value

    Three weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have been selected as one of two representatives of the Philippines to a United Nations training on World Heritage Conservation. It was held in Hiroshima, Japan and there I learned about the concept of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).

    No heritage site or monument will ever be inscribed unless its OUV is proven in a nomination document sent to Unesco. From an international point of view, the two churches of Ilocos represent monuments of exceptional significance such that their preservation should be of highest importance not only for the Philippine government but also for the international community as a whole.

    The monuments of the Ilocos region are two of four Baroque churches of the Philippines that had been inscribed by Unesco not only because of their unique architecture but also because they represent global assets. The other two are the San Agustin Church in Intramuros and the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo.

    The architectural style had been called “Earthquake Baroque” because they were built sturdy enough to withstand the risks of earthquakes. They are like fortresses because of their massive buttresses, thick walls and solid foundations. When churches and communities during the Spanish era were vulnerable to attacks from moros and rebels, friars either built walls around them, or they made them almost impenetrable by having thick walls and doors.

    Fusion of East and West

    Considered to be one of the oldest in the country, the Paoay Church has 1.67-meter thick walls that are supported by 24 massive curved buttresses. Although they look very imposing they were made for a very good reason. The Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo commissioned its construction in 1694. It was amazing to note that for 16 years the Parish that was founded by Missionaries in 1593 used it while it was continuously being constructed. The main building was completed in 1710 while the tower was not built until 1793. It was however officially inaugurated in 1896. Four years before the completion of the church building, an earthquake caused some damage. In 1927 it had to be repaired once again by the townsfolk because of another earthquake that occurred that year. Without the buttresses, the church may have sustained more damaged. It is not difficult to assume that these massive structures may have actually saved it from total collapse.

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    HISTORICAL TOWER. Katipuneros used it as a look-out tower while guerillas during the War climbed up to the top to watch out for Japanese soldiers. Photo courtesy of Chen Reyes-Mencias

    The walls are made of baked bricks and coral rocks that were sealed with hard mortar that was made by mixing sand, lime and molasses with mango leaves, leather and rice straw that had been boiled for two nights. The three-story bell tower was constructed a few distance from the church and is made completely of coral stones. It is said that the Katipuneros used it as an observation post in 1896 while Filipino guerillas during World War II used to climb up to the top to watch out for Japanese soldiers.

    Baroque architecture are known for their exuberance and extravagance. It became a dominant western style between the mid-16th century until shortly after 1700. It is characterized by the familiar gilding or decorations, florid floral themes, fully decorated pillars and fancy backgrounds. Although considered mainly Baroque, the church of Paoay is actually a fusion of Chinese, Gothic, Javanese and Filipino. The friars who designed it tried to copy the churches of Spain and Latin America but the Filipinos and Chinese who actually built it somehow integrated their own ideas. The result was a unique interpretation of a Baroque Church that has been infused with oriental creativity.

    Flight to Heaven

    The Sta. Maria Church is located on top of a hill and people need to climb 82 steps to see its grandeur. An amazing feature, which never fails to attract attention, is the more-than-life size rendition of Mother Mary on the outer wall of the church. She seems to be floating over a tree as if in an apparition and her outstretched arms reaching up to the heaven. It is such a heady sight considering that she stands out against the red brick wall. It was said that the image of Blessed Virgin Mary used to appear under a large guava tree growing right at the spot where the main altar now stands.

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    APPARITIONS. The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted to float over a tree and this is based on a folklore that has endured for many generations. Photo courtesy of Chen Reyes-Mencias

    The original chapel that was built in the center of the Poblacion was transferred uphill on its current location, thinking that the appearance of the Virgin Mary was a hint from heaven. To the Ilocanos she is also known as Apo Asunta or Asuncion and she became their patron saint.

    Although not as ornate and flamboyant as the Paoay Church, the Santa Maria Church is also fortified by buttresses on both sides. Being situated on high ground is an advantage since it is somehow protected from marauders.

    Originally built by the Augustinians in 1765 for the town of Narvacan, it became a Parish in 1769. It became a temporary refuge for missionaries that were heading towards Abra.

    In 1810 the bell tower was constructed and it sits a few meters from the main building. Today it is called the “leaning tower or belfry.” It was made entirely of bricks and was built as tall as a three-storey building. A Presidential Proclamation in 1973 elevated its status as a National Historical Landmark and implies preservation due to its value to the country. Although considered to be less in proportion and scale compared to its sister churches, it was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993.

    Passive witnesses to history

    Having survived the elements of nature, rebellion and war over a stretch of a few hundreds years, these two Spanish churches stand as passive witnesses to the major events in Philippine history. These are not only beautiful landmarks but also monuments that mark time. If these can only talk perhaps these can tell amazing stories of how creative the Filipinos were with the way they blended different architectural inspirations to come up with something so unique. These would probably also tell stories of strength and resilience of the people back then, even in times of conflict and strife. These churches symbolize the need to protect religious places by the way the Spaniards built massive structures even if it took them many years to finish.

    Today these two World Heritage sites attract not only church-goers but also tourists. It seems that there is a trend that is occurring not only in the Philippines but elsewhere in the world. Unesco World Heritage Sites become magnets for tourists and this can be dangerous too especially for places that are ecologically and culturally fragile.

    Richard Engelhardt, the regional advisor for culture for Unesco said, “World Heritage Sites need not be tourism sites. But it cannot be helped. That is the reason why people need to learn to care for heritage.”

    Respect for heritage

    Time and time again during my travels I get dismayed by the way people destroy heritage. Writing graffiti is perhaps the most common way humans immortalize themselves. In Sta. Maria somebody etched a phone number on fresh cement that was plastered over broken bricks at the lower edge of the bell tower.

    A signage in Paoay Church not only indicates visiting schedules but also regulations requesting people to behave in a responsible and civilized manner. This move is reflective of how people vandalize important monuments, even places of worship. The signage talks about dress codes, off-limit areas and even warns people from urinating along the side of the church between the buttresses.

    While there has been extensive advocacy for environmental education because of the country’s high biodiversity, it is clear that there is also a need for cultural heritage education. It may very well be the best way to save our monuments and ensure that their lifespan will be extended for a few more hundred years.

    For more information on these churches and other Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Philippines, contact 834-4887. Let me know what you think. Send me an email at wildexpeditions@yahoo.com.

    Article courtesy of Northern Dispatch Weekly
    http://www.nordis.net/blog/?p=2432
    - allan_dude, in 9 years
  • Amburayan Bridge (connecting La Union and Ilocos Sur)
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    Welcome to Ilocos Sur!
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    - Sinjin P., in 9 years
  • Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur

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    Candon City, Ilocos Sur

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    Stern Mall, Candon City

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    Candon Public Market

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    Candon Church and Belltower

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    - Sinjin P., in 9 years
  • Santiago, Ilocos Sur

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    - Sinjin P., in 10 years
  • Nice photos Sinj.:okay:
    I miss home.:(
    - brownman, in 10 years
  • Produkto manipud kawayan, naitandudo

    Tawid News Team

    CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur - Produkto manipud iti kawayan ti naitandudo iti panangrambak daytoy nga ili ti panagpiestana itay Abril 20-26.

    Naidisplay iti trade fair a naangay iti Central Park ditoy dagiti alikamen a naaramid manipud iti kawayan kas iti tugaw, lamisaan, basket, labba, dapilag ken dadduma pay a produkto.

    Naipabuya pay ti maysa a sarsuela babaen ti Paat Dramatic Troupe.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2273/73/
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • Tour of Ilocos Sur, maangay

    Tawid News Team

    VIGAN CITY - Mangrugi iti Abril 30 ti uppat-nga-aldaw a Tour of Ilocos Sur ket agpatingga iti Mayo 3 iti daytoy a siudad.

    Pagbuligan nga isayangkat ti League of Civil Societies of Ilocos Sur ken ti gobierno probinsial daytoy a lumba ti bisikleta a manamnama a mangidur-as iti turismo iti probinsia.

    Uppat a pulo a siklista ti agbabalubal iti tour.

    Ti sumaganad ti pagdalanan ti lumba: Abril 30 - Vigan - Sinait; Mayo 1 - Sinait - Tagudin; Mayo 2 - Tagudin- San Emilio ken Mayo 3 - San Emilio - Vigan.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2275/73/
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • River cruise, maplanplano iti Bantaoay river

    Tawid News Team

    CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur - Main-inaw ti gannuat a mamagbalin ti Bantaoay river iti San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur a pagbangkaan kas pangawis kadagiti turista iti probinsia.

    Kinuna ni Gov. Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano a napintas a pagbalinen a pagbangkaan ti Karayan Bantaoay a mangawis kadagiti turista kas iti Loboc river cruise iti probinsia ti Bohol.

    Innayon ti gobernador a makikokoordinar kadagiti municipal officials ti San Ildefonso nga idadauluan ni Mayor Christian Purisima para iti pannakaaramid dagiti bangka para iti nasao a proyekto.

    Kinuna ni Savellano a dakkel ti paset ti Bantaoay river iti Basi revolt, ken plus factor ti kinalaing ti mayor nga agluto isu a mangnamnama nga agballigi ti nasao a proyekto a kunana a pangtapat iti river cruise iti Loboc, Bohol.

    Impalgak ti gobernador a mairuginton ti pannakadalus ti nasao a karayan a lumasat iti San Ildefonso agingga iti San Vicente.

    Kas iti river cruise iti Loboc, mabalin dagiti turista ti mangan iti bangka bayat ti panagdaliasatda iti karayan.

    Kinuna ni Savellano a mabalin nga idasar ti basi ken Bungro ice cream bayat ti pannangan dagiti turista kas panangitandudo dagitoy a produkto ti San Ildefonso.

    Paset ti promosion ti turismo ti Bohol ti Loboc river cruise no sadino a malinglingay babaen ti kanta dagiti nakalugan a turista bayat ti panagdaliasat ti bangka iti karayan.

    Agtunged ti river cruise iti yan dagiti tarsier nga iti laeng Bohol ti pakasarakanda ditoy pagilian.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2283/66/
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • Mindanao-wide call center school expands nationwide

    Monday, April 28, 2008

    A Mindanao-wide call center school chain is expanding to Northern Philippines in a bid to establish its presence nationwide.

    Already operating also in Metro Manila, JIB eAcademy is branching out further in Luzon, particularly Urdaneta in Pangasinan and Vigan in Ilocos Sur, thus making it the biggest call center school with the widest network of partners and industry-validated curriculum.

    The expansion was announced by JIB eAcademy president Joji Ilagan-Bian, a business and civic leader and an educator, citing the school’s branches in Davao, Manila, General Santos, Butuan, Surigao, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Marawi, and soon in Northern Luzon provinces of Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan.

    “Also an English school, JIB eAcademy offers lucrative employment to students after finishing 20 days of training at four hours a day,” Bian said.

    “Our school has forged partnerships with the biggest call centers in Manila, indicating the excellent quality of our facilities, curriculum and its graduates,” Bian added, referring to industry leaders Advanced Contact Solutions, Teletech, Teleperformance, Sykes, E-Telecare, Ventus, and Viventis, including small but prestigious players among others.

    Just recently, JIB eAcademy has concluded its curriculum upgrading workshop in Cebu for teachers and trainers.

    “The workshop is part of our efforts to ensure that the quality of our training really meets the actual demands of the big call centers,” Bian pointed out.

    “And to support our training course, we are now introducing SPEECHworks in all our centers. This is a program geared for self-improvement in speech, focusing on pronunciation and articulation that you don’t really get to learn in traditional schools,” Bian explained.

    SPEECHworks, according to Bian, will distinguish JIB eAcademy from other speech schools.

    “It (SPEECHworks) highlights our focus and competence in teaching people how to improve their manner of communication delivery. The end-goal is to really build confidence so that one becomes socially and professionally successful in contact center, business process outsourcing and other careers,” Bian added.

    More information can be obtained from JIB eAcademy’s main branches at Mabini St, Davao City (tel. 082-3055522) and at E.Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City (tel. 02-6314540)

    Accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the school chain is owned and operated by the Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation Inc.

    This two-year course will enable graduates to migrate to Australia and land on high-paying jobs in the culinary and other related sectors of the hospitality industry.

    http://philstar.com/archives.php?aid=2008042784&type=2
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • Vigan's Karbo festival wows tourists

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/images/news/newspics/abs/20080503_karbo.jpg
    "Sergio", winner of the 2008 Karbo festival

    By XENIA RIBAYA
    ABS-CBN Baguio

    Vigan City, Ilocos Sur -- Carabaos took a break from their farm duties, as their bodies were used as artists’ canvass.

    The Karbo Festival in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur gave carabaos and artists a chance to show off their talents.

    A tribute to the farmers of Vigan and their beasts of burden – the festival is an exposition of the bounties of land and water, as well as the carabao's pageantry in a parade that traverses the Heritage District.

    Each entry is made up of a carabao, pasagad and his master. Painted with bigaa leaves from which the city's name was derived, Sergio upstaged the other 15 contestants.

    Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Medina said that the Karbo Festival aims to boost the Heritage City's tourism and to promote the traditional use of carabaos in the fields.

    Karbo Festival also features "Boklan" artworks, a mosaic-type masterpiece which uses different kinds of seeds.

    Karbo is derived from the word kalabaw (carabao) and "bokel" (seeds)

    Karbo Festival is one of the highlights of Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=117044
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • nakaapanak itta pagudpud ken fort ilocandia beach naglitnao gayam iti danom dita kasla diay babay itta costal del sur, espanya
    - Asturiano, in 10 years
  • Sabangan, nagbalin a fish sanctuary

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan


    SANTIAGO, Ilocos Sur - Kinuna ni Ilocos Sur 2nd District Representative Eric Singson a malaksid a natural a cove ti Sabangan ken puraw a darat ti aplayana, napagbalin daytoy a kas fish sanctuary babaen ti P1 milion a pondo nga inted ni Presidente Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ken ni Mayor Josefino Miranda idi Disiembre 2007.

    “Nadalusen ti aglawlaw ti lugar ket planomi payen a mairugi ti scuba diving ken wind surfing ditoy kas nayon a pangawis kadagiti turista,” kinuna ni Singson.

    Tapno mapapintas ti lugar, naiyakar dagiti pamilia a nangup-okopa iti aplaya ket naibalayanda iti sabali a paset ti barangay ken nakongkreto dagiti dati nga abong-abong dagiti aglaklako tapno agbalin a permanente ken napimpintas ti buya iti playa. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2305/73/
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts: dinayo dagiti rinibu a tattao

    Salvador A. Espejo


    VIGAN CITY - Saan la a nabsog dagiti mata dagiti turista iti kaadu ti pabuya nga insagana ti gobierno ti siudad no di pay napapigsa ti pammatida ken ni Apo Lakay iti pannakarambak ti Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts itay Mayo 1-6 ditoy.

    Rinibribu a turista ken sangsangaili ti nagdadarupdop iti daytoy a siudad tapno imatanganda ti Binatbatan streetdancing competition a naangay ditoy iti malem ti Mayo 2.

    Saan nga inggingina dagiti tattao ti pudot ti init iti panagliliniada iti igid ti kalsada manipud iti simbaan ni San Pablo, Quezon Avenue, Florentino Street sa iti Mena Crisologo Street a lumasat iti Vigan Heritage Village tapno imatanganda ti Binatbatan streetdancing competition, tampok a pabuya iti Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts.


    Iti pananglukat ti gobierno ti siudad nga indauluan ni Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina ti parambak itay Mayo 1, aldaw ti trabaho, naggigiddan a naluktan dagiti nadumaduma nga exhibits kas iti garden show ken Trade Fair and Crafts Demo iti Burgos Street, Food Fair iti Florentino Street, National Commission on Culture and Arts exhibit of Filipino Architects iti Vigan Culture and Trade Center, ken Exhibit of Tres de Mayo Images iti Museo San Pablo.


    Naisayangkat met iti daytoy nga aldaw ti Carabao Painting contest iti Nueva Segovia Street, Boklan Art Contest iti Crisologo Street, Piglet Catching Contest ken Search for Heritage Singing Idols (Finals) nga agpada a naaramid iti Plaza Burgos.

    Iti Mayo 2, malaksid iti Binatbatan Street dancing and showdown, naangay pay ti 2nd Vigan Amazing Heritage Race iti Crisologo Street, Globe Fair-Videoke Challenge and OFW Film ken ti Globe Free Concert iti Florentino Street.

    Iti Mayo 3, naangay ti Abel House Decor Contest, ay-ayam iti sirok dagiti ramada a naipatakder tunggal poblacion barangays, pasalip dagiti naarkosan a kalesa , Projek Venus a nakaipabuyaan ti ballet babaen ti Cultural Center of the Philippines a naangay iti VCTC, ken ti Disco sa Kalye babaen ti San Miguel Brewery.

    Iti daytoy nga aldaw, napusek ti Simbaan a Bassit kadagiti deboto, residente ditoy ken sangsangaili, tapno sumuknal ken agyamanda ken ni Apo Lakay. Adu a deboto ti mamati iti kinamilagroso ni Apo Lakay wenno Black Nazarene nga idi tiempo ti Kastila, nasarakan ti rebultona a naiyanud iti kabaybayan iti Vigan.

    Segun iti pakasaritaan, idi bagkaten dagiti lumugar ditoy nga iyalis ti rebulto ni Apo Lakay, saanda a nabaelan a bagkaten, isu a nagtalinaed a taengna ti Simbaan a Bassit.
    Kasta met nga idi dinalapus ti peste ti Vigan, ni Apo Lakay ti patien dagiti umili ditoy a bimmallaet para iti pannakaisalakan dagiti agindeg.

    Iti Mayo 4, naangay ti Bankathon ken Beach Volleyball tournament iti Mindoro Beach, Viva Vigan Cross Country Mountain Bike Race a limmasat iti Vigan, Bantay, ken Caoayan, Santacruzan, Cultural Show: Kislap ng mga Tala a naangay iti Plaza Burgos.

    Iti Mayo 5 ken 6, naangay ti Binibining Silka, Gandang Filipino Beauty Search ken Ilocandia Singing Idol Quarter Finals iti Plaza Burgos.

    Maysa a sangaili ti nagkuna nga agsublinto manen inton umay a tawen ta iti pannakipagrambakna iti Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts ditoy, saan laeng a dagiti matana ti nabsog gapu kadagiti adu a nabuyana no di pay pimmigsa ken bimmileg ti ispiritual a pammatina.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2311/66/
    - allan_dude, in 10 years
  • Mayor, mangnamnama nga agbalin a siudad ti Narvacan

    Nemia Icari


    NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur - Dakkel ti namnama ti mayor ditoy nga agbalin a siudad daytoy nga ili iti mabiit iti baet nga adda isusupring ti liga dagiti siudad a manayon ti bilang dagiti agbalin a siudad iti pagilian.

    Kinuna ni Mayor Edgar Zaragoza a makapasa ti Narvacan iti populasion ken ti land area ken manamnama a maragpatna ti kasapulan nga income a P100 milion iti panaglukat ti commercial complex a mabangbangon iti daytoy nga ili.

    Kinuna ti mayor a disadvantage ti aplikasion ti Narvacan nga agbalin a siudad ti kaaddan ti dua a suidad iti probinsia ngem impaganetgetna a saan a lapped daytoy ti panagbalin ti ilina a siudad agsipud ta maragpatna met dagiti requirements.

    Nagbalin a siudad ti Vigan ken ti Candon idi 2001.

    Dinakamat ni Zaragoza ti panangkuestion ti League of Cities ti panangaprobar ti Kongreso iti panagbalin a siudad ti 16 nga ili agsipud iti manamnama nga ibabassit ti awatenda nga internal revenue allotment gapu iti yaadu ti bilang dagiti siudad iti pagilian.

    Kabayatanna, indatag ni Zaragoza iti tallo nga aldaw a Tactical Planning Workshop – Conference ti Regional Development Council, Region I a naangay iti Fort Ilokandia Resort iti Laoag City idi Abril 14-16 ti pannakaituloy dagiti nadumaduma a proyekto iti probinsia kas iti pannaka-upgrade ken pannakapasayaat ti Vigan airport, pannakaituloy ti Banaoang Irrigation Pump Project, Phase I ken ti pannakaestablisar ti Phase II, pannakaipasdek ti by-pass road iti Candon City, Santa sea wall, pannakakalsada ti Cabugao-Nueva Era-Danglas road, Narvacan Sulvec Port, Santa port ken dagiti nadumaduma nga irrigation projects.

    Timmabuno ni Zaragoza iti nasao a miting kas mangidaulo ti liga dagiti munisipalidad iti probinsia. (Nemia Icari/Jane Ballad)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2308/66/
    - allan_dude, in 11 years
  • 5,000 hectares of tobacco farms eyed for intensified rice growing
    NTA spearheads stepped-up efforts to increase palay harvests
    C. B. Molina
    http://www.mb.com.ph/PROV20080507123874.html

    NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur — Some 5,000 hectares of tobacco farms are being eyed as additional areas for palay growing to help meet the rice requirements of tobacco farmers in line with the Arroyo administration’s accelerated efforts to increase palay harvest and mitigate the effect of a food crisis that is affecting the whole world.

    The National Tobacco Administration (NTA) said the other day a 26,000-strong umbrella group of tobacco farmers led by the Philippine Association of Tobacco-Based Cooperatives (PATCO) and other industry stakeholders are ready to support an intensified palay production program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in response to this global problem.

    Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap lauded the support of the major stakeholders in the tobacco industry-- cigarette manufacturers, tobacco buyers and exporters, redrying plant and trading center operators, contract growers or farmers -- for the department’s heightened moves to achieve record high in palay harvests and raise the national self-sufficiency level in rice from 92.38 percent this year to 98 percent in 2010.

    Yap said that in the face of the global food problem, all sectors have to "act fast and work together" in stabilizing the supply and prices of rice and other food crops in the long term.

    NTA Administrator Carlitos Encarnacion said that several tobacco companies, including wholesale leaf buyers Universal Leaf Philippines Inc. (ULPI) and Trans-Manila Inc. (TMI), have pledged to support the DA’s stepped-up rice-production initiative this year by committing additional areas for palay growing under the NTA’s existing tobacco-rice program.

    Negotiations are in progress with other wholesale tobacco dealers, trading centers and redrying plant operators, Encarnacion said. "We expect the industry’s total coverage for palay production to reach 5,000 hectares."

    This could translate into a production of 25,600 metric tons of palay, valued at R435.2 million or 16,640 metric tons of rice, he said, adding thish is enough to feed 60,000 tobacco farmers and their dependents plus 81,000 other people for one year.

    In the past nine years, PATCO has participated in the Tobacco-Rice Program of the NTA, producing palay at a yield average of 5.2 metric tons (MT) per hectare using inbred seeds, Encarnacion said.

    With complementary funding from the DA-attached Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), Encarnacion said that NTA’s Tobacco "Rice Program will be expanded in the coming season to 1,250 hectares, assisting 2,500 farmer-cooperators.

    He said that PATCO has requested for production assistance from the government, including a DA subsidy equivalent to one cavan of certified palay seeds per hectare of committed tobacco lands.

    The expanded tobacco-rice program of the NTA, which targets an initial 1,250 hectares, aims to produce 6,400 MT of palay valued at P108.8 million, he said, or more than enough to meet the annual rice requirements of some 2,500 tobacco farmers and 15,000 of their dependents, which is equivalent to 2,723 MT combined.

    In addition, this expanded program will contribute to the national palay supply by 3,677 MT valued at R 62.1 million, which is equivalent to 2,390 MT of rice, enough to feed 20,254 people," Encarnacion said.
    - tracymack, in 12 years
  • Thousands of tourists mob "Viva Vigan" Festival

    VIGAN CITY-- Thousands of people, including tourists flocked to Vigan starting May 1 to 6 to watch the "Viva Vigan" Festival of the Arts and unique Binatbatan" Festival, easily the center of attraction in this years summer season in Northern Luzon.

    It was estimated that about 50,000 expectators, foreign and local tourists, were among those who lined up the streets of the city to watch the Binatbatan Street Dancing last Friday afternoon.

    It was the 7th Binatbatan Festival and 16th Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts.

    The Binatbatan Festival was launched on May 2002 to give due recognition to the well-known AbelIluko products from the city, while the Viva Vigan Festival of the Art was also launched on May 1993 to promote and advocate the citys unique historical arts and cultures.

    City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina said that the Binatbatan Street Dancing Festival was very significant because it depicts the traditional way the Ilocanos beat the cotton pods with two bamboo sticks to separate the seeds of cotton from the fluff.

    This is called batbat, the first process in making the AbelIluko (woven cloth), one of the famous products of Vigan

    Binatbatan is an expression and a tribute to the Ilocanos of old.

    The street dancing honors the Abel-Iloko, a traditional craft of Vigan that helped sustain its economy from the pre-Spanish period to the present, she said.

    A total of 12 groups from three categories elementary, high school and open categories, competed in the street dancing contest which won by the following: Vigans Nagsangalan Elementary School won the elementary level; the Ilocos Sur National High School and the Teodoro Hernaez Memorial High School were tied in the high school level.

    Street dancers from the University of Northern Philippines won the open category.

    The festival of the arts was formally opened last Thursday which coincided with the celebration of the nation's Labor Day.

    Mayor Medina, with City Vice Mayor Frans Ranches Jr., Ilocos regions tourism Director Martin Valera, former Hawaii Congressman Felipe Abinsay, UNESCO Consultant for Culture, Engineer Ricardo Favis and Citys Tourism Council Chairman Dennis Rivas led city officials in the formally declararing the opening of the celebration.

    In his speech, Tourism Director Valera lauded the effort and initiative of the city government in sustaining and restoring its unique tourism brand in the country.

    When Tourism Secretary Ace Durano told us to pick an iconic product in the region, we chose Vigan because it displayed the rich and unique cultures, events and religious and historical values, Valera said.

    UNESCO Consultant Favis cited Vigan as one of the UNESCOs very few sites in the world that live up to its name when it preserved its unique and historical designs and plans.

    Vigan City is a city of universal value. The city government and the residents were able to sustain and continuously improve the climate of the heritage village, guided by the approved restoration policies, that greatly encouraged tourists and visitors to often visit the city, he said. (PNA)
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • Binatbatan fest features Vigan products

    By Frank Cimatu
    Northern Luzon Bureau


    VIGAN CITY – The Binatbatan Festival, held here recently, no longer was about Vigan students recreating the traditional way of cotton ginning (removing the seeds from the pod) while wearing Ilocos cotton weave or “inabel.”

    As it turned out, some of the inabel costumes were actually woven by the students themselves.

    “Inabel” weaving and Vigan pottery are now being taught in public high schools, local officials said.

    “It’s no longer them just making crafts out of popsicle sticks. They have to learn something from their history and heritage,” Mayor Eva Marie Medina said.

    Traditional crafts have been added to the curriculum since last school year. Participating schools included the Vigan National High School East, Vigan National High School West and Ilocos Sur National High School.

    Students learn to mold clay and turn the wheel in the workshop of Fidelito Go, the master of traditional Vigan pottery.

    They also learn weaving from teachers who learned it from their mothers in the traditional weaving villages in Mindoro and Camanggaan.

    “This is part of their cultural heritage subject which they now learn through hands-on training,” Medina said.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20080513-136163/Binatbatan-fest-features-Vigan-products
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • Candon City mayor assures sufficient rice supply in Ilocos Sur

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Candon City -- Candon City Mayor Allen G. Singson had assured the sufficient rice supply in the province after the bountiful rice harvest of the farmers, who engaged in second crop rice planting in the upland towns.

    Singson learned the insufficient rice supply situation in the upland towns during his routine visitations and ocular monitoring to all upland towns in the province particularly in the second district.

    "As per report that I'd received from the local and farmer leaders from the upland towns in the second district of the province and as I actually seen in my actual monitoring, the rice growers had bountiful rice harvest in their second crop season," Singson said.

    With the said rice harvests from the upland towns, Singson noted that this would sufficiently supply the rice food for the residents in the province.

    It was recalled that 14 towns from the 23 towns and a city in the second district of the province were upland towns. (PIA Ilocos Sur)

    http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080509.htm&no=36
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • Vigan City, Taal, napabileg ti relasionda iti panagpinnirmada iti sisterhood

    VIGAN CITY - Immayda, adu ti nakitada ngem imbes a pinarukmada ti simmangbayanda, isuda ti naparukma.

    Daytoy ti kababagas ti balikas ni Mayor ti Taal Michael Montenegro idinto a nagyaman iti kinamanagsangaili dagiti agtuturay iti daytoy a siudad ken ti nabara a panangawat kadakuada dagiti agindeg ditoy.

    Dinayaw ti mayor ti kinapintas daytoy mabirbirngasan iti Intramuros of the North.

    “Ibilangmi a dakkel a gapuananmi no mapagbalinmi ti Taal uray kagudua laeng ti kinapintas daytoy siudadyo,” paset ti panagbitla ni Montenegro bayat iti programa ti panagpinnirma iti sisterhood agreement iti nagbaetan ti Taal, Batangas ken daytoy a siudad a naangay iti Vigan Culture and Trade Center iti malem ti Mayo 2.

    Kinakuyog ni Montenegro dagiti kameng ti konseho ti Taal iti pannakapasingked iti sisterhood agreement iti nagbaetan ti ilina ken daytoy a siudad.

    Iti immun-una nga interbiona iti media, kinuna ni Mayor Medina nga adda pagkaaspingan ti Vigan City ken ti Taal, kas iti kaadda iti bukodda a historical district.

    Maysa a maibinglay ti Vigan City iti Taal iti pannakapirma ti sisterhood agreement no kasano ti pannakaimanehar ti maysa a historical district.

    Kinuna ti mayora nga adda dagiti produkto ti Vigan City a mabalinna nga ilako iti Taal kas iti abel idinto a nalatak met ti Taal kadagiti partuatna a barong.

    Kabayatanna, kinuna ni Vice Mayor Franz Ranches a maysa a nagbayagan ti pannakapirma iti sisterhood agreement ti panagbirok ti city government iti oportunidad no kaano nga isayangkat wenno aramiden ti panagpinnirma.

    “Inranami ti panagpinnirma iti okasion ti Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts,” kinuna ti bise mayor.

    Kinuna ni Medina nga inakseptar metten ti Taguig City ti imbitasion ti Vigan City nga agbalin a sister city daytoy.

    “Adda historical tie-up ti Vigan City iti Taguig ket ad-adda pay a mapapigsa ti relasionda babaen ti sisterhood agreement,” kinuna ti mayora.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2337/66/
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • 12-km a kalsada nasional iti Tagudin, masilawan

    Tagudin, Ilocos Sur - Impakaammo ti mayor ditoy a nangrugin nga agsilaw dagiti baro nga streetlights iti national highway a sakup daytoy nga ili.

    Kinuna ni Mayor Roque “Jun” Versoza a makatulong iti turismo ti pannakalawag ti kalsada nasional ditoy saan laeng iti Tagudin no di pay iti sibubukel a probinsia ti Ilocos Sur. No malpas ti sibubukel a proyekto, aganay a 200 a poste ti mangsilnag iti 12 kilometro ti national highway a sakup ti ili manipud iti Barangay Bio iti abagatan agingga iti Barangay Becques iti Beddeng ti Sta. Cruz.

    “Maysa nga ambisioso a proyekto daytoy a napagnunummuan iti napalabas nga Executive Legislative Agenda Formulation. Dakkelto ti maaramidanna iti pannakaiyam-ammo ti Tagudin kas ‘ruangan ti Ilocandia’ ta dakami ditoy ti masungad nga ili manipud iti La Union,” inlawlawag ti mayor.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa nga agpateg iti P29,000 tunggal poste ket naggapu pay sadiay Portland U.S.A. ti disenioda idinto nga innayonna nga adu a Tagudinians iti ballasiw-taaw ti nangikari a mangigasto ken makaammo iti bayad ti sumagmamano a poste.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa nga espesial nga streetlights dagiti naimuntar kadagiti poste agsipud ta automatiko ti panaggangatda iti 6:30 ti malem kasta met ti panagiddepda iti 4:30 ti parbangon.

    Kabayatanna, 410 a paris ti sagala a nagaruat iti kadaanan ken kabaruanan a kawes ti nagparada iti puseg daytoy nga ili iti naangay a Rampa Tagudiniana a nangpangayed iti panagpiesta daytoy nga ili itay Mayo 1.

    Addaan iti tema a “Nabaknang a Tawid a Kultura, Ibiag ken Ipannakkel”, daytoy ti maikapat a pannakarambak ti TIKANLU (tinubong, kankanen, lubi-lubi) Festival ditoy.

    Kinuna ni Versoza a kangrunaan nga intandudo ti Rampa Tagudiniana ti panangipakitada iti “idi ken ita” ti ilida a nakipartisiparan dagiti ubbing, agtutubo, ken nataengan a pakairamanan pay dagiti opisial ti ili ken barbarangay.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa a napintas ti partisipasion dagiti umili iti tinawen a Rampa Tagudiniana ngem ita a tawen ti kadakkelan iti rehistrasion.

    “Rumbeng nga ipannakkel ken tuladen dagitoy maipagtangsit a kultura ti ilimi,” innayon ni Versoza.

    Kinuna ti mayor a mapukpukawen ti panangapresiar dagiti ubbing ken agtutubo kadagiti kadaanan a badbado gapuna nga intandudoda ti nasao a pabuya kas paset ti tinawen a panagpiesta ti ilida.

    “Bareng babaen itoy nga addang ti LGU, saan a laksiden ken lipaten ti sumaruno a henerasion dagitoy a kawkawes ket makita ken isuotdanto pay dagitoy,” kinuna ti mayor. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2338/66/
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • P300-M kasapulan iti by-pass road: city engineer

    Danny Antalan

    CANDON CITY - Aganay P300 milion ti masapul para iti pannakaipasdek ti main-inaw a by-pass wenno diversion road iti siudad iti Candon, daytoy ti naammuan iti city engineer ditoy.

    Segun ken ni Engr. Steve Martinez, ti diversion road ti sungbat iti mapaspasaran a nakaro a trapiko ditoy siudad.

    Inlawlawag ni Martinez a nasurok P80 milion ti kasapulan para iti panakagatang laengen kadagiti daga a madalanan agraman dagiti balay a madalapus a diversion road.

    Agkasapulan pay ti kalsada iti dua a dadakkel a rangtay ken kasapulan a mapalawa daytoy ken masemento ti dua a lane. (Danny Antalan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2334/73/
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • Patupat Festival, naangay

    Mancielito S. Tacadena, NBN Vigan

    Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur-Naitandudo ti patupat kas kangrunaan a produkto ti Barangay Banbana-al ditoy iti panagpiestada idi Mayo 6.

    Nangpangayed iti piesta ti pannakaiparada ti kadakkelan ken kaatiddogan a patupat ken ti patupat eating contest a nangipakitaan dagiti agindeg iti laingda a mangan itoy a produktoda.

    Segun ken ni Brgy. Captain Aida Orpilla, napanunotda nga angayen ti Patupat Festival tapno mayam-ammo ti barangayda a paggapuan ti daytoy naimas a produkto.

    “Adu ngamin a kameng ti RIC ditoy ti agar-aramid iti patupat ket isuda ti masansan a pagaramiden ni mayor no adda pasken ti ilimi, ” kinuna ti kapitana. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2359/73/
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • BANNER NEWS:

    Mabuangay a Metro Vigan Coordinating Council, adda legal a pagbatayan: Vigan City vice

    VIGAN CITY - Kinuna ni Vice Mayor Franz Ranches nga iti sanguanan dagiti limitasion dagiti ili ken daytoy a siudad, masapul ti panagkaykaysada tapno napigpigsa ti bosesda ken natibtibker a makikumpetision iti globalisasion.

    Impakaammo ti bise mayor nga iti naangay a panagpapatang ti konseho ti Vigan nga indauluanna ken dagiti counterpartda, approved in principle ti singasing a pannakabukel ti Metro Vigan Coordinating Council a buklen ti Vigan City, Caoayan, Bantay, San Vicente, Sta. Catalina, San Ildefonso ken Santa.

    Kinuna ni Ranches a nairaman iti naisingasing a coordinating council ti San Ildefonso ken ti Santa gapu iti kaasidegda iti Vigan City idinto nga innayonna nga “adda historical links, adda tiempo idi a parteda iti Siudad Fernandina”.

    Kinuna ni Ranches nga “umad-adu ti pakakumikomanda (il-ili) ket it’s high time nga adda maysa nga organisasion wenno maysa a council nga isu ti mangtaming iti basic needs iti amin a maseknan a local government ti Vigan City ken kaarrubana a local government”.

    “Ditoy nga adda sharing of responsibilities and sharing of resources in so far as basic needs are concerned,” kinuna ni Ranches.

    Kinuna ni Ranches nga adda pagsasao a “no man is an island” sana innayon a “saan met a mabalin a bukod laeng ti Vigan ti panagdur-as no di kayatna met nga ibinglay kadagiti local government a nanglawlaw kenkuana”.

    Dinakamat nga ehemplo ti bise mayor ti operational a waste management ti Vigan a mabalin nga “adda koordinasion tapno maakomodar dagiti kaarrubana nga ili” ken ti pannakadaldalus ti karayan daytoy a siudad a “saan met a mabalin a ti Vigan side laeng ti madalusan, madalusan amin (saklaw ti Caoayan ken Sta. Catalina)”.

    Impatalged ni Ranches kadagiti padana a bise mayor a saan a mapukaw ti identidad, integridad wenno independensia ti tunggal ili.

    Mainaig iti gobierno probinsial, kinunana nga addanto met laeng “kortesia nga aramidentayo, awan (met) ti mabaliwan a paglintegan, ken marespeto latta ti autoridad ti gobierno probinsial ken “awan ti malabsing iti hierarchy of command ti provincial government”.

    Kalpasan daytoy a patangan dagiti bise mayor, konsultaento met ni Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina dagiti padana a mayor mainaig iti mabukel a Metro Vigan Coordinating Council.

    Kinuna ni Ranches nga adda legal basis ti mabukel a coordinating council kas maibatay iti Article 10, Section 13 ti 1987 Constitution ken iti local government code idinto nga innayonna a mangnamnama nga akseptaren dagiti local government units ti singasing “with open mind and hearts”.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2369/66/
    - allan_dude, in 12 years
  • Cabugao ecozone, saan a makikumpitensia iti Cagayan: Cong. Ronald

    Tawid News


    VIGAN CITY - Kas ekspektaren ni Cong. Ronald Singson, adda senador a saan a pabor iti gakat a mamagbalin iti Cabugao nga economic and free port zone agsipud iti amak a makikumpitensia daytoy iti ecozone a naipasdek iti probinsiana.

    Ngem kinuna ni Singson a nakapatpatangnan dagiti dadduma a senador ket awan ti isusupiatda iti nasao a gakat.

    Kinuna ni Singson a mangnamnama a kalpasan a maipalawagna a nalaing ti pagsayaatan ti nasao nga Cabugao economic and free port zone, kas dagiti maparnuay a panggedan, ken maibaut a negosio, malawlawagan met la dagiti mangkonkontra iti gakat.

    Maysa ni Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile a mangkonkontra iti panagbalin ti Cabugao nga economic and freeport zone agsipud iti posible a panagbalin daytoy a kakumpitensia ti economic zone a naipasdek iti Cagayan.

    Segun ken ni Singson, duadua laeng ken ni Dip. Garcia iti Bataan a dimmatag iti public hearing iti Senado, nupay adda dagiti padada nga agilinlinteg a nangipila iti umasping a gakat para iti lugarda.

    Kinuna ni Singson a “binanatan” ida ni Sen. Enrile ket saan a nakasungbat ni Garcia kadagiti sinaludsod ti senador.

    “Medio nakasungbattayo met,” kinuna ni Singson sana innayon a “hopefully, malawlawagantayo met laeng ni Sen. Enrile a no kabaelanda nga ag-succeed ti economic and freeport zone iti Cagayan, kabaelantayo met ditoy Ilocos Sur.”

    Impalgak ni Singson a nailatangen ti P5 milion para iti consultancy a mangaramid iti feasibility study ti Cabugao economic and free port zone, manipud iti inception, legislation, agingga iti implementasion, infrastructure, port operations ken dadduma pay.

    “Masapul ti detalyado a feasibility study tapno isunto met la ti pangdepensatayo iti Senado tapno maipakitatayo no feasible wenno saan,” kinuna ni Singson.

    Kinuna ni Singson a no maipasdeken ti economic and freeport zone, adunton ti establisamiento a maipatakder kas dagiti paktoria, hotel, gaming, entertainment ken dadduma pay ket saanton a mapan iti Manila wenno ballasiw-taaw nga agsapul iti trabaho dagiti agindeg agsipud ta adunto dagiti maparnuay a panggedan.

    Kinuna ni Singson a saan a maikkatan ti pamastrekan ti Cagayan, ta “sabali ti investorda, sabali met ti investorstayo.”

    “Ti justificationtayo, no matuladtayo ti success ti Cagayan economic and freeport zone authority ditoy Ilocos Sur, nasayaat unay, pagsayaatan ti gobiernotayo a nasional,” kinuna ti diputado.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2368/66/
    - allan_dude, in 13 years
  • By Camille Pilar (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=goodLife1_may22_2008)

    One will never know what it is like to be a Filipino until one has visited Vigan.

    Vigan, a name once or twice encountered on the Philippine map, somewhere up in Ilocos Sur, a place made familiar by the tinge of history lessons, of identity gained and lost. Yet it is a place buried in books, a fairy tale place scratched out of this country’s consciousness more attuned to economic instability and personal gain. Through periods named after invader after invader, and within the time frame of buildings built and battles won and lost, we have arrived here, the 21st century where no one bothers to bend backwards and glimpse at what we were like once upon a time.

    It is almost impossible to imagine that Vigan used to be an island. Centuries ago, it was surrounded by interconnected rivers streaked with water plants, one of which is the origin of the place’s name. Vigan, in all its antiquity and surprising yet gentle touches of modernity, is a place with personality. Vigan is the old, wise character in this country’s story.

    “Once upon a time” is all the time in Vigan and such is the wondrous air about the place. It is the third oldest city in the country, but far more preserved than Cebu and congested Manila. While Intramuros and Magellan’s Cross have given way to a new colonizer—progress—Vigan basks in untouched historical glory. After all, at the heart of Vigan is a love story. It was the love of a Japanese officer for a Filipina that spared the place from America’s bombing spree. Today, the same vein of love and salvation throbs in every street and corner of Vigan.

    A page out of tine

    I first stepped on Vigan Street—cobbled, not cemented—after a 10-hour bus ride from Manila. The moment my shoe kissed the ground, I knew there was something special there, and all dizziness from the bus ride disappeared like magic.

    Yet magic is mere understatement. What Vigan cleaves to is time, culture, history, our story. Things better than magic because they hold no trick, they are real. I was once a student of Philippine history but in Vigan, I was its comrade, its longtime friend.

    I found myself at the entrance of Plaza Salcedo: to my right was the municipio, exuding the air of centuries-old State affairs amidst the fresh coat of paint, and to my left was the grand Vigan Cathedral, whose tiles are as old as our country’s name, with its belfry towering over every head and every roof in sight. There I was, a witness to the once marriage of Church and State. The city hall and the church were built side by side at the town center by Spaniards bewildered by the number of tiny, separate (thus unconquerable) barangays in the islands, as an effort to integrate the communities in an urban planning project we have come to learn as the reduccion. This plaza complex still stands in Vigan today, and for long minutes, I could not shake off the chill of experiencing firsthand what it was like to be bajo la campana or under the bell.

    All roads across all barrios in Vigan lead to the town center. From the center, I, along with another writer and our tour guide, meandered into lanes which boasted stone houses with sliding capiz windows and narrow balconies. They were uniform in size, big and boxy, though each house had a slight peculiarity—daintier brass lamplights, intricate woodcarving by Chinese artisans on the doors, roofs, pipes and gates—to set it apart from the houses beside it. These houses were actually mansions, the closer you lived to the plaza, the richer you were.

    We found a cozy place called Grandpa’s Inn at Calle Bonifacio and there we found elegant rooms, an exquisite restaurant and a lovely little coffee shop inside an authentic Spanish house converted to accommodate the said amenities. The stone walls bore the cracks and corners of age yet they stood formidable as if they were built only yesterday. An antique piano was on display and around it were different wind instruments, and the setup was reminiscent of bands that entertained the elite at parties in the bulwagan (ballroom). Huge paintings and dioramas covered the walls and antique tables, benches, typewriters, telephones and vintage sewing machines turned tabletops filled the place with a touch of romance and a heavy dose of nostalgia. These were feelings conjured in almost all the houses in Vigan.

    After settling in our rooms, we were welcomed by an Ilocano feast for dinner at Kusina Felicitas. We were served various interesting dishes such as the bulbulong salad, a medley of kamote and ampalaya leaves, and the poqui poqui, an eggplant omelet. Our main meal consisted of baby back ribs and the renowned bagnet, a pork dish similar to the lechon kawali, and the famous Vigan longganisa came in the morning. Only in Ilocos can you use the words “sensual” and “cholesterol” in the same sentence.

    The next day, I woke up to the sound of calesas clip-clopping outside my window. It was a soothing sound unlike any sound in the city, where we wake up to the rude grumbling of tricycles and various car engines. The vehicles of choice in Vigan today are either motorcycles, compact enough to zip through the tiny streets, or the calesas, a not-so- quiet reminder of our colonial past. These horse-driven carriages are a living testament to our colonization, as horses did not exist in the islands before the Spaniards came.

    Making poets weep

    A first-time traveler to Vigan, I traversed the many in-roads on foot, forefinger poised above the camera shutter. A few turns took me to Calle Crisologo, the main heritage street lined with restored houses, souvenir shops, antique shops and other centuries-old memorabilia. If there was one place in the entire world melancholic enough to make the poets weep, it would be Crisologo Street. Crisologo is most memorable for its expanse of cobblestones, stretching over a kilometer, where local and tourist feet slow down on purpose to breathe in the sights of antiquity and linger a while longer to appreciate the majestic mix of Chinese, Castillian and Mexican architecture.

    One need only step into the Syquia mansion for time to stand perfectly still. The mansion was a dowry from the parents of Alicia Syquia to Elpidio Quirino, president of the Philippines from 1948 to 1953. The original residents of the mansion, the Syquias, were part of the Chinese mestizo elite. Heavy wooden chests, intricate beds and benches, fine-detailed figurines, Spanish mirrors and collections of trinkets, unmoved from their original positions, bore traces of the old Galleon trade and Chinese mercantilism. Contrary to the myth, we could not find Quirino’s golden toilet anywhere, but three original Amorsolo paintings added all the needed prestige to the place. How the mansion thwarts theft is a secret known only to the current caretaker, who is a fourth-generation Syquia himself.

    History is alive in Vigan every day yet not too many people are aware of it. To reawaken the ardor for origins, Vice Mayor Franz Ranches and lawyer Everin Molina spearheaded this year’s weeklong celebration of all things Vigan. The festivities in Vigan started on May 1 to celebrate Labor Day since Isabelo de los Reyes (considered the Father of Philippine Labor for establishing the first labor union in the country in 1902) is from Vigan. Isabelo is the son of Leona Florentino, a poet during the Spanish era, and is known to be the mother of Philippine women’s literature.

    The festival also highlighted the province’s premier products, fine abel iloco fabrics and the burnay jars, the production of which is a skill passed from mother to daughter, and from father to son. A strand of modern culture is interwoven with the old in contests such as the Barangay Idol and the Vigan Amazing Race, where the clues and destinations revolve around Vigan’s colorful tale.

    As the afternoon sun rose on, the cobbled streets burst with the music and colors of street dancing with each dancer’s costume carrying a different story.

    “Viva Vigan!” the crowd exclaimed. I looked around a sea of faces—locals, foreigners, enthralled city-dwellers—all oblivious to the sun’s heat, smiling, laughing along with feet pounding the pavements in a rhythm in sync with our heartbeats. As the cameras clicked away, the bell tower looked on, surveying its nth fiesta in a span of four hundred years.

    At the end of it all, one can retreat into one of the pews in the Vigan Cathedral and silently thank the heavenly Father for places like Vigan, not choked but gently stroked by the hands of time across the turns of many centuries. There, a McDonald’s with capiz windows, a marketplace of mixed dialects, a calesa awaiting passengers, and there, a young couple sitting on an antique bench, a longganisa vendor, a painted carabao. Vigan restores the historian and awakens the poet, the Filipino, the dreaming child, in whoever visits, re-visits and finally, stays.
    - Animo, in 13 years
  • Nice read.:) Thanks for sharing.
    - brownman, in 13 years
  • 12-km a kalsada nasional iti Tagudin, masilawan

    Tagudin, Ilocos Sur - Impakaammo ti mayor ditoy a nangrugin nga agsilaw dagiti baro nga streetlights iti national highway a sakup daytoy nga ili.

    Kinuna ni Mayor Roque “Jun” Versoza a makatulong iti turismo ti pannakalawag ti kalsada nasional ditoy saan laeng iti Tagudin no di pay iti sibubukel a probinsia ti Ilocos Sur. No malpas ti sibubukel a proyekto, aganay a 200 a poste ti mangsilnag iti 12 kilometro ti national highway a sakup ti ili manipud iti Barangay Bio iti abagatan agingga iti Barangay Becques iti Beddeng ti Sta. Cruz.

    “Maysa nga ambisioso a proyekto daytoy a napagnunummuan iti napalabas nga Executive Legislative Agenda Formulation. Dakkelto ti maaramidanna iti pannakaiyam-ammo ti Tagudin kas ‘ruangan ti Ilocandia’ ta dakami ditoy ti masungad nga ili manipud iti La Union,” inlawlawag ti mayor.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa nga agpateg iti P29,000 tunggal poste ket naggapu pay sadiay Portland U.S.A. ti disenioda idinto nga innayonna nga adu a Tagudinians iti ballasiw-taaw ti nangikari a mangigasto ken makaammo iti bayad ti sumagmamano a poste.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa nga espesial nga streetlights dagiti naimuntar kadagiti poste agsipud ta automatiko ti panaggangatda iti 6:30 ti malem kasta met ti panagiddepda iti 4:30 ti parbangon.

    Kabayatanna, 410 a paris ti sagala a nagaruat iti kadaanan ken kabaruanan a kawes ti nagparada iti puseg daytoy nga ili iti naangay a Rampa Tagudiniana a nangpangayed iti panagpiesta daytoy nga ili itay Mayo 1.

    Addaan iti tema a “Nabaknang a Tawid a Kultura, Ibiag ken Ipannakkel”, daytoy ti maikapat a pannakarambak ti TIKANLU (tinubong, kankanen, lubi-lubi) Festival ditoy.

    Kinuna ni Versoza a kangrunaan nga intandudo ti Rampa Tagudiniana ti panangipakitada iti “idi ken ita” ti ilida a nakipartisiparan dagiti ubbing, agtutubo, ken nataengan a pakairamanan pay dagiti opisial ti ili ken barbarangay.

    Kinuna ni Verzosa a napintas ti partisipasion dagiti umili iti tinawen a Rampa Tagudiniana ngem ita a tawen ti kadakkelan iti rehistrasion.

    “Rumbeng nga ipannakkel ken tuladen dagitoy maipagtangsit a kultura ti ilimi,” innayon ni Versoza.

    Kinuna ti mayor a mapukpukawen ti panangapresiar dagiti ubbing ken agtutubo kadagiti kadaanan a badbado gapuna nga intandudoda ti nasao a pabuya kas paset ti tinawen a panagpiesta ti ilida.

    “Bareng babaen itoy nga addang ti LGU, saan a laksiden ken lipaten ti sumaruno a henerasion dagitoy a kawkawes ket makita ken isuotdanto pay dagitoy,” kinuna ti mayor. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2338/66/
    Ala nasyaat met. Awan pay nakitak nga ili nga silawanda ti aglayon manipud ungto ken ungto ti kalsadada no di ket Tagudin lang hehe. Adu nga kwarta ti masapul dita para koryente laeng ken mainayonto pay daytay para uhumm...ammoyon a. Numuna ta nababa pay la ti income clasification daytoy nga ili isu nga amangan ta addanto nga agpayso maipatakder nga poste ken bombilia ngem awanto met la ti silaw gagayyem. Opinion laeng.
    - freightrunner, in 13 years
  • ^^Sapay la kumma. Baka madamdama poste lang ti silaw ti adda ngem awan met sirbi na ta awan silaw na. LGU ti mang bayad ti kuryente winno provincial government? Ammok nu city ket, LGU ti mangbayad ti kuryente. Baka gamin haan nga kayanen ti income ti Tagudin dyay bayad ti kuryente.
    - tracymack, in 13 years
  • Tuesday, May 27, 2008


    GEMS OF HISTORY

    Mestizo River in Vigan tells of links to Chinese

    By Go Bon Juan

    Editor’s note: The Sixth Dr. Jose P. Rizal Awards for Excellence awarding ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., June 14, 2008, at the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center on Anda and Cabildo streets, Intramuros, Manila.

    There is a street in San Nicolas, Manila, named “Mestizo.” It is located along San Fernando Street near Madrid Street in front of the Pedro Guevarra Elementary School, where the Spanish colonial government once established the eighth parian or settlement for the Chinese in the Philippines.

    The eighth parian was also called Alcaiceria de San Fernando. This explains why there is an Alcaiceria Street beside Mestizo Street.

    Mestizo Street was obviously so named because of the many Chinese mestizos living in that area then. But what is more interesting is that in Ilocos Sur, in its capital Vigan City, there is a river called Mestizo River.

    According to “Villa Fernandina, Ilocos Sur” of Ramon Ma. Zargoza (Budhi, a Journal of Ideas and Culture, volume 4, number 3, published by the Ateneo de Manila University): “On May 20, 1571, Captain Juan de Salcedo, a young Spanish conquistador, left Manila with 45 men to explore the coastal areas of Northern Luzon all the way up to the Ilocos Region. He landed on the coast of Los Ylocos, and set up camp on the Isla de Biga [now Vigan], on the shore of the Mestizo River, a prosperous colonial trading post where seafaring Asian merchants and locals traded or bartered goods. On June 13, 1572 he renamed the settlement Villa Fernandina, to honor Crown Prince Ferdinand, son of King Philip II of Spain.”

    Since mestizo is a Spanish term for people with mixed parentage, we can assume that the Mestizo River of Vigan was so called after Salcedo lived there. We can also infer that many mestizos—Chinese mestizos—were living and trading in the area, the offspring of Chinese married to Filipino women.

    In fact, Zaragosa wrote about “a prosperous pre-colonial trading post, where seafaring Asian merchants and locals traded or bartered goods” on the shore of Mestizo River. Many, even majority of these Asian merchants, were presumably Chinese.

    Moreover, as early as the 17th century, Vigan was already mentioned in one of the Chinese ancient classics in Southeast Asia, Dong Xi Yang Kao of 1617, that constituted part of the eastern trade route from China.

    With this Mestizo River, one can just imagine how close the relation was between Vigan and the Chinese.

    http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/may/27/yehey/top_stories/20080527top8.html
    - allan_dude, in 13 years
  • It’s sunrise once again for Ilocos’ golden leaf

    By Leoncio Balbin Jr.
    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    CANDON CITY, Philippines—Thanks to the increase in prices of dried tobacco early this year, the Ilocos tobacco industry has been revived and is well on its way to good health.

    “The industry is facing its sunrise again,” Estrella de Peralta, acting manager of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) here, says. The local NTA covers the second congressional district which produces about 55 percent of the province’s tobacco harvest and about 40 percent nationwide.

    De Peralta said traders bought flue-cured tobacco at prices higher than the agreed floor prices.

    The industry went down on its knees in the last five cropping seasons after farmers reported losses from poor buying prices, erratic weather conditions and increasing costs of farm inputs.

    It saw rays of hope after local leaders, led by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson and Gov. Deogracias Victor Savellano, supported farmers in pushing an increase in the floor prices of tobacco during last year’s tripartite meeting between tobacco farmers, cigarette manufacturers and the NTA.

    The participants agreed to increase the buying price of Class AA tobacco from P51 to P61 a kilogram and of other grades by P9.50 a kg. It was the biggest increase that encouraged tobacco growers to replant and raise production.

    “Had there been no substantial increase in prices, we were firm on asking our farmers not to plant tobacco anymore,” Singson says. He adds growers were bent on shifting to other crops, such as corn and vegetables, to improve their income.

    Efraim Dayap, NTA-Candon supervisor, says the delivery of flue-cured tobacco to trading centers in the province was delayed this year as farmers had to plant more beyond the usual cropping schedule.

    Dayap says only a few deliveries were reported in local trading centers in mid-February, which he described as unusual since trading usually peaked then.

    “We had to rush in planting additional tobacco because of the good prices,” says farmer Ceasario Gapatan.

    It was only on mid-March that the bulk of tobacco was sold. As expected, the flue-cured tobacco was sold high. Prices were steady and some high-grade leaves were bought at rates above the set floor prices.

    Class AA tobacco leaves, pegged at P61 a kg, were bought for as much as P71 a kg. Even the lower grades were bought at higher prices.

    By the time Candon celebrated its Tobacco Festival in late March, the farmers were given assurance of a good tobacco season. “They were able to pay most of their debts and loans. At least [we have] something to celebrate about,” Dayap says.

    Candon is called the “tobacco capital” of the country, being the biggest producer of Virginia tobacco.

    During the festival, the city government paraded a 104.6-meter rolled tobacco, which weighed more than 300 kg. The centerpiece was rolled by 10 people who took two weeks to complete the task.

    By the time the festival was over, growers had set their eyes on the next cropping season, hoping that the Ilocos’ prized golden leaf would bail them out of the economic crunch.

    http://business.inquirer.net/money/topstories/view/20080524-138614/Its-sunrise-once-again-for-Ilocos-golden-leaf
    - allan_dude, in 13 years
  • Elebeytor, naidagadag a maipasdek iti Vigan City hall

    VIGAN CITY - Iti baet a dua kadsaaran laeng ti city hall, naidagadag ti pannakaipasdek ti maysa nga elebeytor tapno maserbian dagiti addaan rangkap ken senior citizens ditoy.

    Nagduduma ti karirikna dagiti empleado iti daytoy a gannuat a napanunotan ni Konsehal Benjo Verzosa.

    Ngem kinuna ti maysa nga empleado a saan a pabor a maikabil ti maysa nga elebeytor iti city hall agsipud ta dua laeng a kadsaaran.

    Insingasingna a nasaysayaat laengen a maluktan ti maysa nga opisina iti umuna a kadsaaran a mangkita iti kasapulan dagiti addaan rangkap ken mangsurot kadagiti papelesda iti maikadua a kadsaaran.

    Mapattapatta nga agpateg ti maipasdek nga elebeytor iti manipud iti P800,000 agingga iti maysa a milion.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2389/73/
    - allan_dude, in 13 years
  • ^^ Sosyal!:lol:
    - brownman, in 13 years
  • Wow parang iilan lang ang palapag ng City Hall ah. :lol:
    - Sinjin P., in 13 years
  • Some people will think of anything even if it's blatantly stupid just so they could collect commissions. :ohno:
    - freightrunner, in 13 years
  • Wow parang iilan lang ang palapag ng City Hall ah. :lol:

    Dalawa Michael.:lol:
    If ever, it will be the first building/structure in Vigan if not the entire Ilocos Sur province to have an elevator installed.
    - brownman, in 13 years
  • In terms of colonial structures what other city still has its Spanish flare?

    Sariaya here in Quezon
    - ar_jose, in 13 years
  • Dalawa Michael.:lol:
    If ever, it will be the first building/structure in Vigan if not the entire Ilocos Sur province to have an elevator installed.

    huh? really... first elevator po ng Vigan?
    just been there last thursday...
    me and my family stayed at the VIGAN PLAZA HOTEL.
    there are few places i've been to na nilalagyan ko
    ng I LOVE seal... Vigan is one of those!

    Sana dito din sa amin napreserve kahit isang portion ng historical places!
    sayang...
    - ar_jose, in 14 years
  • BEGNAS Festival, marambakan

    VIGAN CITY - Maangay inton Oktubre iti Candon City ti Begnas Festival a pakipartisiparan dagiti agduduma a tribu iti probinsia.

    Kanaig daytoy, kinuna ni Gov. Deogracias Victor “DV’ Savellano a marugianen ti pannakaaramid dagiti souvenir items a mailako iti trade fair kas kadagiti kadaanan nga instrumento musikal dagiti tribu.

    Impakaammo ti gobernador nga ikamkamakam ti gobierno probinsial ti pannakaileppas ti 10-20 a balay a maaramid kas komunidad iti ili a Banayoyo a kaasping dagiti period houses iti Williamberg, Virginia, U.S.A. a maysa nga atraksion kadagiti turista.

    “No malpas, mabalinto a pagpasiaran dagiti turista daytoy a lugar a pakakitaanda kadagiti kadaanan a bado, ramramit, kostumbre ken kabibiag dagiti nagtagiuna a tribu iti Ilocos Sur,” kinuna ti gobernador. (Mancielito S. Tacadena/NBN Vigan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2415/73/
    - allan_dude, in 14 years
  • Attention Ilokano Forumers:

    If you love the Philippines, use this as your avatar for the whole month of June or for as long as you want:

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    Message from Kuya Sinjin P.
    - barrera_marquez, in 14 years
  • huh? really... first elevator po ng Vigan?
    just been there last thursday...
    me and my family stayed at the VIGAN PLAZA HOTEL.
    there are few places i've been to na nilalagyan ko
    ng I LOVE seal... Vigan is one of those!

    Sana dito din sa amin napreserve kahit isang portion ng historical places!
    sayang...

    :yes:
    It's nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit in Vigan.:)
    - brownman, in 14 years
  • Same here, brownie. I'd love to live in Vigan if given a chance
    - Sinjin P., in 14 years
  • So you really loved the place? Btw, did you have the chance to check out the museums there?
    - brownman, in 14 years
  • Vigan city council to Lucio Tan: Open Vigan-Manila flights (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/100358/Vigan-city-council-to-Lucio-Tan-Open-Vigan-Mla-flight)

    Vigan city council has asked businessman Lucio Tan to open a Philippine Air Lines flight at the seldom-used Vigan Airport.

    Tan is an adopted son of Ilocos Sur since his Fortune Tobacco has its main factory in Vigan.

    The request for Tan to open a Philippine Airlines flight in Vigan Airport was contained in a resolution that the city council passed recently.

    Vice Mayor Franz Ranches said that PAL representatives already came to the airport in Mindoro to inspect the facilities and to see the possibility of using even a 50-seater plane for the Vigan-Manila flight.

    Ranches said that the Vigan airport is as long as those in Bohol, Dipolog and Iloilo City so they saw nothing wrong in opening a PAL flight here.

    The airport is usually used to land helicopters or the personal airplane of former Gov. Luis Chavit Singson.
    - kiretoce, in 14 years
  • Quirino Bridge.

    I noticed that they are building a new one beside it. Im hoping that they wont tear down the old bridge.
    - BoNduRanT, in 14 years
  • Quirino Bridge.

    I noticed that they are building a new one beside it. Im hoping that they wont tear down the old bridge.

    Well, they should. If they don't for any reason, it would still become an eyesore later on especially if there won't be any maintenance on it anymore. I know it's a piece of history but I've seen a lot of old bridges not being torn down and just left there to further deteriorate on its own and it's not a good sight. Incidentally, my father's birthplace is just a few kilometers down south in Rizal, Santa.
    - freightrunner, in 14 years
  • Vigan other than Cebu and Baguio

    maayung adlaw Vigan forumers!
    been to vigan last april and here are some pix i got around the city. para akong nasa europe. ganda nang ciudad nyo. :cheers:

    Calesa ride passing Heritage Village
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    amazing race..hehe
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    parrot ni chavit
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    ang galing ni manong
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    - terio, in 14 years
  • Vigan city council to Lucio Tan: Open Vigan-Manila flights (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/100358/Vigan-city-council-to-Lucio-Tan-Open-Vigan-Mla-flight)

    Vigan city council has asked businessman Lucio Tan to open a Philippine Air Lines flight at the seldom-used Vigan Airport.

    Tan is an adopted son of Ilocos Sur since his Fortune Tobacco has its main factory in Vigan.

    The request for Tan to open a Philippine Airlines flight in Vigan Airport was contained in a resolution that the city council passed recently.

    Vice Mayor Franz Ranches said that PAL representatives already came to the airport in Mindoro to inspect the facilities and to see the possibility of using even a 50-seater plane for the Vigan-Manila flight.

    Ranches said that the Vigan airport is as long as those in Bohol, Dipolog and Iloilo City so they saw nothing wrong in opening a PAL flight here.

    The airport is usually used to land helicopters or the personal airplane of former Gov. Luis Chavit Singson.

    If they could only see the current state of the airport. I think it needs some major tweaking. But still, this is good news and a better option than wallowing with the horrid 10-hour trip to/from Manila.

    Quirino Bridge.

    I noticed that they are building a new one beside it. Im hoping that they wont tear down the old bridge.

    Is there any rendering of the new bridge? And what type of bridge design are they constructing?
    - brownman, in 14 years
  • Wow Vigan is amazing , is very similar to Florence ... I hope the government will promote it more .

    Florence make 11 milions tourists every year.
    I think if vigan get promoted can make it too .

    But wee need to work a lot to make this dream come true !
    - Porknight, in 14 years
  • Wow Vigan is amazing , is very similar to Florence ... I hope the government will promote it more .

    Florence make 11 milions tourists every year.
    I think if vigan get promoted can make it too .

    But wee need to work a lot to make this dream come true !

    The problem with Vigan is it's like a big private resort that is owned and controlled by one family that's why there is little or slow development. There are no first class tourist facilities like that of Cebu or Baguio or even Boracay and it is not being promoted abroad. After all these years, it's still a 5th class city.
    - freightrunner, in 14 years
  • The problem with Vigan is it's like a big private resort that is owned and controlled by one family that's why there is little or slow development. There are no first class tourist facilities like that of Cebu or Baguio or even Boracay and it is not being promoted abroad. After all these years, it's still a 5th class city.

    What do you mean all Vigan is owned by one family or it was just an example please tell i'm interested ?

    It needs an easier access of the city like an airport or better a train station with an express service from manila every hour !

    That city is amazing i'm going to visit it this december !
    - Porknight, in 15 years
  • What do you mean all Vigan is owned by one family or it was just an example please tell i'm interested ?



    Does the name "Singson" ring a bell?
    - gr8-one, in 16 years
  • Does the name "Singson" ring a bell?

    Nop sorry i don't live there !
    - Porknight, in 16 years
  • Upgrading VIGAN airport? Common, only one person will be benefited from this.
    I dont understand why do our government is so dumb in making projects for the people. Nagsasayang sila ng pera. Building new airports for every province is just a waste of money. Ang daming existing airports sa Pilipinas pero kunti lang ang nagagamit.


    Vigan city council to Lucio Tan: Open Vigan-Manila flights (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/100358/Vigan-city-council-to-Lucio-Tan-Open-Vigan-Mla-flight)

    Vigan city council has asked businessman Lucio Tan to open a Philippine Air Lines flight at the seldom-used Vigan Airport.

    Tan is an adopted son of Ilocos Sur since his Fortune Tobacco has its main factory in Vigan.

    The request for Tan to open a Philippine Airlines flight in Vigan Airport was contained in a resolution that the city council passed recently.

    Vice Mayor Franz Ranches said that PAL representatives already came to the airport in Mindoro to inspect the facilities and to see the possibility of using even a 50-seater plane for the Vigan-Manila flight.

    Ranches said that the Vigan airport is as long as those in Bohol, Dipolog and Iloilo City so they saw nothing wrong in opening a PAL flight here.

    The airport is usually used to land helicopters or the personal airplane of former Gov. Luis Chavit Singson.
    - kaliluzman, in 16 years
  • Nop sorry i don't live there !

    Bro we encourage you to go and see Vigan. I'm sure you will be amazed by the centuries old buildings at the Heritage district and of course Baluarte all in one day. It will be a good experience, let me assure you. And don't forget to tell us about your trip afterwards. The hotels, dinings, stuffs like that. Give us a review. Enjoy your trip and post some pictures will ya.
    - freightrunner, in 16 years
  • Upgrading VIGAN airport? Common, only one person will be benefited from this.
    I dont understand why do our government is so dumb in making projects for the people. Nagsasayang sila ng pera. Building new airports for every province is just a waste of money. Ang daming existing airports sa Pilipinas pero kunti lang ang nagagamit.

    True i want more trains !!! I saw a documentary to what's happening in France and in Spain , the governments there are encouraging people to take trains instead of airplanes.
    - Porknight, in 16 years
  • LGU-run college in Ilocos Sur offers "Mandarin" language

    By Freddie G. Lazaro

    Vigan City -- A provincial government run college started to offer a "Mandarin Language" as elective subject and special course for its students this school year, it was announced last week.

    Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano made the pronouncement in simple press interview with the local media in the province.

    He said the Ilocos Sur Community College (ISCC) offered a Chinese language subject beginning this semester to anticipate the coming of Chinese nationals from the People's Republic of China in connection with their incoming big programs and projects in the province.

    "Our college is offering a "Mandarin Language" subject for our people to show our sincerity on friendship to China," Savellano said.

    According to Savellano, it is a first time that a college or university in Ilocos region if not in the whole country to offer a "Mandarin Language" as elective course or subject and teach by Chinese instructors deputized by China's government.

    Dr. Carmencita Paz, Administrator of the ISCC, disclosed that the said elective subject is offered to the 3rd and 4th year students of the Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management in this semester.

    "Although, the "Mandarin Laguage" is intended for 3rd year and 4th year students in Tourism and HRM, it is also open to anyone who is interested to learn the language as long as he pays the tuition fees," Paz said.

    She said that the "Mandarin Language" program is under the Special Program and Extension Services of the ISSC initiated by governor.

    "The subject is very much significant to our people due continous increase of Chinese tourists who often visit our province," she said.

    Paz also said that the two Chinese instructors namely: Wong Xing Wen and Luan Jae will be expected to arrive this Thursday.

    "Initially, we had already more or less 60 college students who enrolled in the Mandarin Language subject in this semester in which the classes will be started on Monday," she said.

    In this semester, the college administrator reported a total of 1,120 enrollees of the seven programs of the college such as ladderized degree - courses on Information Technology, Tourism and HRM; Midwifery, Health Care Assistance, Caregiver and Coop Management.

    To improve the quality of education offered in the school, Congressman Ronald V. Singson donated 10 units of computers with complete accessories.

    In June 2006, the college, which was founded by former Governor Luis Chavit Singson in 1975, was recognized as first school nationwide to implement the EO 358 or the so-called ladderized education system in the country. (PIA Ilocos Sur (http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p080630.htm&no=19))
    - allan_dude, in 16 years
  • ^^ Interesting. I wonder if anyone would like to take up Mandarin. It's tough.
    - brownman, in 16 years
  • ^^ well since the chinese are probably the next world leaders i think is good that our young learn some chinese !
    - Porknight, in 16 years
  • I read in the paper a few days ago, there's this American billionaire (I can't remember his name tho) who migrated here in SG w/ his wife and two daughters just to let her kids attend Nanyang Primary School and learn Mandarin. Right now, the elder daughter could speak fluent Mandarin without the twang.

    Yea I guess, China is the next big thing in the near future.:)
    - brownman, in 17 years
  • :ohno:If they want to do business in the Philippines they should learn to speak either English, Tagalog or even the regional language of the province where they want to establish their businesses at. For Filipinos to learn foreign language as a requirement for job placement in our own land would be like surrendering our dignity as a people to foreign dominance. Another thing is whenever we go to other countries it's always us who are required to learn the host country's language and not the other way around. I know that whoever thought of this idea had only good intentions but they did not consider the long term effect on our national pride.
    - freightrunner, in 17 years
  • I hate tricycle drivers in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. For all the places that I've visited, dito na siguro matatagpuan mga pinakaswapang na mga driver. I just hope their government will have to act on this or else baka mawalan ng turista ang Vigan.
    - kaliluzman, in 17 years
  • You must've had a bad experience with them. I can't blame you for that coz I am a living testimony as well. But please, don't be too general. I know for a fact that there are some drivers that are rude and have some attitude problems but then again not all of them are.:)
    - brownman, in 17 years
  • Mabukel a Metro Vigan Coordinating Council, awan ti nangatngato: Mayor Eva

    Tawid News Team

    VIGAN CITY - Impasingked ni Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina a no mabukel ti Metro Vigan Coordinating Council, awanto ti opisial a nangatngato ngem asinoman nga agturay ti ili wenno siudad.

    Imbatad daytoy ni Medina tapno mapukaw ti panagduadua dagiti padana a mayor mainaig iti pannakaimaton ti mabukbukel a konseho a buklen ti pito nga ili ken maysa a siudad.

    Malaksid ti Vigan, naimbitaran ti Caoayan, Bantay, San Vicente, Sta. Catalina, Santa, San Ildefonso ken Sto. Domingo a makipagkameng iti Metro Vigan Coordinating Council.

    “It is called a coordinating council, nobody is above anybody,” kinuna ni Medina idinto nga inyunay-unayna nga isu laeng ti nangirusat iti pannakabuangayna ket no mabukel, “awanto ti nangatngato ngem aniaman nga ili wenno siudad” ket “agpapatasda amin ken agbalinda amin a miembro”.

    Kinuna pay ti mayora nga awan ti permanente a mangidaulo iti Metro Vigan Coordinating Council ket no daytoy ti mapagnunummuan iti strategic planning, isunto ti masurot.

    Naammuan iti mayora nga “adu metten (chief executive) ti nangited iti resolution of acceptance, adu pay dagiti saan” ket sakbay iti panaggibus ti Hulio, agsurat wenno agtawagto kadagiti padana a mayor tapno mapatalgedanna no interesado dagitoy wenno saan a makikappeng iti coordinating council.

    “... No saanda nga interesado wenno awan ti maawatmi a resolusionda within a certain period, then we can just go ahead with our strategic planning workshop tapno agandar metten,” kinuna ni Medina.

    Mangnamnama ti mayora a makapagpipinnirmada a mamayor iti katulagan iti kaaldawan ti selebrasion ti maika-250 a tawen ti Diocese ti Nueva Segovia ken ti Siudad ti Vigan.

    Impalgak ti mayora a napilina ti Setiembre 4-9 a pannakaselebrar iti daytoy a pagteng a pannakaiyalis ti Dioses ti Nueva Segovia manipud iti Lallo, Cagayan.

    Kinuna ni Medina a mangnamnama a maangay ti strategic planning iti maudi a lawas ti Hulio wenno umuna a lawas ti Agosto tapno maibinsabinsa no ania dagiti areas of cooperation a maaramid iti nagbabaetan dagiti munmunisipio ken Siudad ti Vigan, kasta met no ania ti laonen ti memorandum of agreement nga “isu ti pagibasarantayo a pangidawat ken ni Cong. Ronald Singson iti panangidatagna iti Kongreso ti maysa a gakat a mamagbalin daytoy MVCC a maysa a linteg...”

    Kinuna ni Medina a no addan linteg a mangbayabay kadakuada a makimiembro, maikkan ti MVCC iti legal a personalidad ken nalaklakanton iti implementasion dagiti aniaman a pagkakammayatenda nga aktibidad, proyekto ken programa.

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2595/66/
    - allan_dude, in 17 years
  • Is there any new updates regarding the bridge they're constructing to replace the old Quirino (Banaoang) Bridge. And I wanna see some pictures as well.
    - brownman, in 17 years
  • Hi just a question is some of these buildings for sale?
    - Porknight, in 17 years
  • Hi just a question is some of these buildings for sale?

    Most of the old buildings are owned privately so the owner can sell them anytime if he/she wants to. But still they are protected by the heritage society such that they could not be subject for demolition. They could always redecorate the interior but again it must conform with the theme of the city.
    - freightrunner, in 18 years
  • Most of the old buildings are owned privately so the owner can sell them anytime if he/she wants to. But still they are protected by the heritage society such that they could not be subject for demolition. They could always redecorate the interior but again it must conform with the theme of the city.

    Demolish them ? I would rather torture myself or somebody else (Probably better :lol: ) before doing something that horrible. They are so beautiful , my heart feel good when i see these pictures .

    I'm a pedestrian I never believed in private cars , and I was wondering if in the city centre of Vigan cars were not allowed in some parts , since in all these amazing pictures I saw very few cars.

    Ok another question , Do you know how much could cost a building or an apartment in Vigan ?
    Its just so amazing looks like a good place to live .
    - Porknight, in 18 years
  • ^^ Partly, yes. The entire stretch of Calle Crisologo w/c is entirely cobblestoned is pedestrianized and horse-drawn carriages or kalesas are the only mode of transport allowed to go in. Aside from that, I'm not so sure if they're still implementing it up to now but when I was still there, the whole vicinity surrounding Plaza Burgos and Plaza Salcedo is also close to any kind of transportation except for kalesas during weekends.
    - brownman, in 18 years
  • ^ The areas around Plaza Burgos and Plaza Salcedo are now opened to motorized vehicles. :)
    - Sinjin P., in 18 years
  • ^^ Ah okay, since you just went there recently, I believe you.:D
    I think that time the local government was just experimenting on how to manage the growing traffic problem in the city (noticed there's a bazillion tricycles in the city). But it would've been a good thing if they've maintained it.
    - brownman, in 18 years
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    you can access the blog entry, with all the photos and descriptions, here (http://www.sinjin.ph/2008/07/14/sinjins-roadtrip-to-ilocandia-part-ix-calle-crisologo/)
    - Sinjin P., in 19 years
  • Accor Hotel to build no-frills hotel (http://www.philippine-builder.com/content/view/478/108/)
    European based Accor Hotel, United Kingdom’s Yotel, Malaysian hotel chain and two Indian firms are interested in building no frills hotels in the country.

    “I will be meeting the representatives from the Indian firms in the next 90 days,” Samie Lim, chairman of the Philippine Franchisers Association said in an interview.

    Lim refused to name the Indian companies saying only that one group owns four hotels while the other operates 30 hotels.

    Lim explained that he is studying the concept of the Malaysian group which ties up the budget air fare to the hotel. “Air Asia has a partnership with a hotel near the airport. It is a good business,” he explained. Lim said the investments are part of the ASEAN hotel project of the ASEAN member nations namely the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia.

    The ASEAN hotel plans to build similar no frills hotels in the 10 member countries. The hotels will be priced the same. The amenities, rooms and the lobby of all the hotels across the ASEAN will be the same as well.

    According to Lim, the ASEAN ministers approved the ASEAN hotel concept last year after the meeting of the economic ministers in Manila.

    “All the ASEAN hotels will have similar services and integrated marketing and advertising,” Lim explained. “They will also conduct a centralized training for the food and beverage staff.”

    This, he said, is necessary in order to ensure that the services provided by all ASEAN hotels are consistent.

    Also, Lim said there will be more than one ASEAN hotel per country. In the Philippines, he said there should be ASEAN hotels in all major tourist destinations like Cebu, Boracay, Bacolod, Baguio and Ilocos.

    Lim further said that the owner of the franchise in the country must be a local. If this is not possible, he said at least a big chunk of the hotel franchise is owned by a resident. For example, the master franchise of the hotel must be 34 percent owned by locals.

    The Accor Hotel is currently operating in nearly 100 countries. It is the European leader in hotels and the global leader in corporate services. Yotel on the other hand is also a no frills hotel operating in United Kingdom.
    - dark_knight_detectve, in 19 years
  • Konstruksion ti diversion road, narugianen

    Written by Danny Antalan
    Saturday, 26 July 2008

    CANDON CITY - Narugianen itay nabiit ti konstruksion ti diversion road babaen ti panakasemento ken panakapalawa ti kalsada a sumrekanna iti barangay Bagar ditoy.

    Kinuna ni City Engineer Steve Martinez a napunduan ti nasao a proyekto iti P10 milion manipud ken ni Congressman Eric Singson ket dandani malpasen ti panakasemento ti sungaban ti kalsada agingga iti barangay San Agustin.

    Manipud Barangay Bagar, sumalpot ti diversion road iti San Agustin, San Nicolas, Paras ken iti barangay Calaoaan.

    Kinuna ti inhiniero a daytoy ti first phase ti proyekto ket namnamaenna ti tuloytuloy a pannakaaramidna no sumangpeten a naan-anay ti pondo nga aggapu iti gobierno nasional.

    Inlawlawagna a saan pay laeng a paset daytoy iti pondo a naidalan babaen ti Regional Development Council tapno isuda ti mangiyendorso iti nangatngato nga ahensia ti gobierno.

    Nainaw daytoy a proyekto a kas solusion iti kumarkaro a problema ti trapiko iti sentro ti siudad ti Candon, nangruna no tiempo ti panagbabasa ken no adda ti pasken.

    Kabayatanna, rinugian ni Mayor Allen Singson ti nagiwaras kadagiti school bags ken supplies kadagiti nadumaduma a pagadalan elementaria iti city division ditoy.

    Aganay a 2,000 bags a naglaon kadagiti school supplies ti maiwaras kadagiti amin a Grade I pupils iti daytoy a dibision.

    Nangrugi daytoy educational support program ni Singson kalpasan ti ilalabas ni typhoon Helen ket immuna a nabenepisiaran dagiti agbasbasa iti Candon South Central School, Candon North Central School, Oaig Daya Elementary School kenBagani Tocgo Elementary School.

    Kinuna ti mayor a panggep daytoy a programa a tulongan dagiti nagannak iti panagpabasada kadagiti annakda a dida pakaburiboran ti magastoda iti school supplies.

    Sabali pay a programa ni Singson ti pannakaited ti P500 a pinansial a tulong kadagiti first year high school students iti pribado man wenno eskuela publiko para iti agduduma a gastuenda iti pagadalan. (Danny Antalan)

    http://www.tawidnewsmag.com/content/view/2650/66/
    - allan_dude, in 19 years
  • OH ILOCOS! (http://www.philstar.com/archives.php?aid=200807296&type=2)

    By Susan Nuevo
    Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    The longest road trip I ever made was last Holy Week of 2008. Me and my girlfriend spent 16 hours of travel by bus to experience and have a taste of what Ilocos region has to offer.



    I enjoyed the bus ride actually. Partas bus is the most comfortable bus I have ever ridden. They have clean rest room in our every stop overs and the driver and conductor were very efficient and very

    friendly.

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    I was not expecting the beauty of Ilocos region. The tobacco leaves swaying
    as we pass by as if welcoming us. The radiant smiles beaming in every face of the local folks. Ilocanos were very friendly indeed!





    Our first stop was at Saud in Pagudpud. The place is heaven. Clear water, soft sand lying on the beach. My girlfriend instantly forgot the long ride as soon as she saw the beach. It was fantastic! It made us wish that there is a Pagudpud in Makati too! The tranquility of the beach has made us forget the rushes of the metropolis. We basked in the sun and kissed our office-troubles goodbye hahaha!





    (Saud beach shore)

    (my friend doll basking in the sun)

    (me with Saud’s crystal blue water)





    Next morning we went to Bangui beach. We were awed by the gigantic wind mills by the shore. All fifteen of them. Birds flocking added a nice symmetry to the overwhelming view. I almost forgot that I don’t know how to swim.

    And we had a taste of Ilocano heritage as well. Vigan oh Vigan! The UNESCO site was a fantastic site to behold. Antiques here and there. Too bad, I don’t have enough cash to purchase some. But, I had enough pictures to look at over and over again.



    Ilocos cuisine is exquisite too. I had my share of papaitan, their onionriffic cornicks (fried corn bits), the tasty and yummy sweets. The Vigan longganisa was sooo sinful that I had to urged my friend to buy a kilo for me.



    So many places to see, so many things to do, so many food to taste but so little time. I promised myself I will go back to Ilocos and itinerary listed as follows:

    1. try puffing the tobacco ala Fidel Ramos

    2. see the Lighthouse

    3. wear my bikini at the Blue Lagoon

    4. see Apong Marcos shrine and give him my father’s last respect (my father was a Marcos loyalist)

    5. have my picture taken at Paoay church and…

    6. feast in Ilocano food and forget the diet J



    The ride to Ilocos is pain-in-a-butt so my friend says…but it was worth it! You can feel God’s love radiating when the sun rise. Shining over the lush green fields, making the beaches sparkle and my brown skinned kababayan more beautiful than ever.



    I shall return Ilocos! I will.
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    - dark_knight_detectve, in 19 years

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