LAOAG CITY (PIA) – Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray will promote Ilocos Norte attractions and culture in her vlog series entitled “Raise Your Flag”.
Gray visited Ilocos Norte on November 11-14 where she learned how to make and cook the famous Ilocano food -- empanada, with Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc.
Video clips and photos of her cooking and trying the empanada trended online where netizens argued which condiment is best paired with empanada -- ketchup or the locally produced vinegar, “sukang Iloko”.
However, the Provincial Tourism Office addressed the online debate by issuing an official statement that says, “We accept the use of ketchup and sukang Iloko and encourage a combination of both in moderation.”
Meanwhile, the beauty queen also visited master weaver and National Living Treasure Magdalena Gamayo at the Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Cultural Center in Pinili town.
In her Instagram account, she considers the Ilokana weaver as “our pride.”
“I’m so honored to have met her and witnessed her craft with my own eyes. Our pride, Nana Magdalena. Mabuhay ka,” she wrote in her caption.
Her online series will also be featuring the tourism sites in Paoay town namely the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site of St. Augustine Church, Paseo de Paoay, and sand dunes.
Moreover, she also toured around the Bangui Wind Farm, coast of Barangay Saud in Pagudpud, and Kaangrian Falls in Burgos.
Throughout her stay, she was hosted by the provincial government’s tourism office, local government units, and homegrown accommodations and food establishments.
The provincial government tells Ilokanos to anticipate the premiere of the episode featuring the province of Ilocos Norte on the official YouTube channel of Gray. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)