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Vigan City to launch passport for tourists

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur (PIA) – The city government of Vigan will launch its “Ciudad De Vigan Pasaporte De Turista” or a passport intended for tourism purposes only at the Calle Crisologo Friday evening.
This aims to make every tourist’s experience more enjoyable while promoting its rich cultural history and supporting local businesses.
In an interview with the media recently, Vigan City Mayor Jose “Bonito” Singson, Jr. clarified that the passport is voluntary and anyone (local or foreign tourists) of any age who are interested to avail may buy the booklet at an affordable price.
“It's purely for tourism purposes only as it has no legal diplomatic value kaya meron tayong disclaimer sa passport. Ang nakalagay dito is that this is intended for Vigan City tourism only at valid lamang ito rito sa siyudad at hindi pwedeng gamitin sa ibang lugar,” Mayor Singson said.

A closer look at the Vigan Tourism Passport. (jmcq)

He added, “Sa first page, mababasa ang brief history ng Vigan, sunod iyong impormasyon ng may ari ng passport, mayroon ding quickie Ilocano [language lesson] para sa mga hindi makaintindi or marunong mag-Ilokano, at makikita rin dito ang ilan sa mga famous sons and daughters ng siyudad, at iba pa.”
When a visitor purchases items or avails services from partner establishments in the city, they can get special stamp/s on their passport in which they can earn points and later be redeemed for special discounts and freebies.
The city government added the booklet comes with locally-made items like Vigan Longganisa, Abel Iloko products, or mini burnay jars, which will be based on the visitor’s preference.
“May QR code rin dito na kapag ini-scan ay lalabas lahat ng tourist spots, parang tourist guide map na makikita nila ang actual picture kung saan sila pwedeng pumunta o mamasyal. All-in-one na ito,” Mayor Singson added.
It is available in three colors – dark shades of red, green, and blue.
The Vigan Tourism Passport can be purchased at designated booths or online around the city.
For online application, tourists may register on this link: (JCR/AMB/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)

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Joyah Mae Quimoyog


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