Fifth ‘Tan-ok’ fest draws more than 60K, raises fund for Ilocos Norte’s tourism, cultural dev’t

Nov 29, 2015 ...

With more than 60,000 spectators gathered, the fifth Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals successfully raised almost half a million pesos to be allocated for the continuous tourism and cultural development of Ilocos Norte.

Held on November 28, 2015 at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium, the Tan-ok ni Ilocano has become the largest cultural event in northern Luzon that celebrates the province’s greatness (“Tan-ok” in Iluko), culture and tradition through showcasing each town’s festival dances.

Mr. Xavier Ruiz of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO) said that Governor Imee R. Marcos wants the proceeds of the sales of the VIP tickets to be used for the “tourism and cultural product development of the province.”

“We have a lot of tourism and cultural projects, this is why the provincial government needs additional funds,” added Ruiz.

With its immense contribution to the economy of the province, the tourism industry remains to be one of the top priorities for developments of Governor Marcos.

Karamihan ng mga turista na pumupunta sa Ilocos ay pumupunta rito dahil sa isang bagay lamang—sa kakaibang kultura ng mga tauhan, mga tribo, mga barangay dito sa (Ilocos) Norte,” said Governor Marcos.

In connection, the efforts of the provincial government through the ‘Paoay Kumakaway’ tourism campaign have resulted to a stunning growth in tourism arrivals with 380.64% in the past two years.

“As we recently launched three new museums, we hope to build more new tourist attractions as well as preserve our several cultural assets…like the Abel Iloko…using the raised fund,” added Ruiz.

In her speech during the event, Governor Marcos highlighted that “culture has become a prime industry here in our province…showing off the cultural heritage…that have now become the tourism core of Ilocos Norte.”

Last year, Tan-ok ni Ilocano was able to support the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the province to better promote their local products which are source of great pride among Ilocanos.

In 2013, the Tan-ok ni Ilocano was organized to help the Philippine National Red Cross – Ilocos Norte chapter to renovate one of their buildings and in recognition for their efforts in assisting the province in times of calamity.

by Jennifer T. Pambid

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