Ilocos Norte raises abel Iloko flag in honor of 118th Phl Independence Day

Jun 13, 2016 ...

Local government and private officials, national police personnel, leaders from the state academe, and employees of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) gathered at the Provincial Capitol yesterday morning, June 12, to commemorate the country's 118th Independence Day.

World War II veteran and District Commander of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines−Ilocos Norte Chapter, Alfredo Domingo, was also present.

Symbolic of Ilocano resilience, a Philippine flag made of the durable handwoven fabric "abel Iloko" was the main highlight of the ceremony, along with a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal in front of the Capitol grounds and a 21-gun salute. These have become traditional of the PGIN Independence Day commemorations.

The said flag was made by the Paoay Loomweavers Association. The fabric is a cultural heritage of the province and has been used through the years to create a variety of pieces, from curtains and tablecloths to pageant gowns.

Vice Governor Angelo M. Barba echoed Governor Imee R. Marcos' call for unity in his message, reminding the people, "Freedom in Ilocos Norte is working together. Freedom in Ilocos Norte is timpuyog, or unity. One hundred and eighteen years have passed since our country's declaration of independence, but this still rings true… 'Timpuyog ti Baro nga Ilocos Norte!'"

He added, "Let us produce a new Ilocano nation… of innovative yet disciplined, self-reliant yet compassionate men and women. Intay ngarod agtultuloy a pasingkedan ti kinatan-ok ni Ilocano!"

by Mizpah Grace Castro



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