LAOAG CITY (PIA) – Adding more to the festivities in Ilocos Norte, the 40-ft Christmas tree situated at the Provincial Capitol was lighted on Monday, December 12.
The switch-on ceremony was led by Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco and Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, along with DOT and local officials.
In her message, Frasco cites the resilience of the Ilokanos amidst the health crisis that hit the country for two years and some natural calamities.
“I believe that is not only a celebration of Christmas but also of all the victories that you have had these past few years. First, we have survived and thrived amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and various calamities that have come upon our shores. Second, we have the blessing for our families. Third, we welcome a new era of development for the Philippines under our President Ferdinand Marcos Jr,” said Frasco.
She goes on to say the long-standing friendship between the Province of Ilocos Norte and her homeprovince, Cebu and assures the Ilokanos of support from the tourism department for continuing development under the Marcos administration.
“We have a very deep affection for Ilocos Norte. You can be rest assured of the full and unequivocal support of the DOT. We join you in celebrating the hope and the joy of the Christmas season,” ended the tourism chief.
Aside from the lighting ceremony, the grandest celebration of festival dances in the province is re-launched and is set to return in 2023 in celebration of the 205th foundation anniversary of the province.
During the Christmas tree light-up, the audience is given a glimpse of the festivities for the “Tan-ok ni Ilocano” festival with some dancers from different towns and cities.
Moreover, other festivities are slated for the coming days such as the fireworks display to on December 31 to usher in the new year. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB PIA Ilocos Norte)