Ilocos Norte Black Saturday concert to kick-off tourism peak season


Apr. 11, 2017 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO) will hold the second Ilocos Rocks Concert this Black Saturday, April 15.

For the second time, the concert will be held at the Pangil Rock Formation in Currimao, hence it is dubbed the "Ilocos Rocks" Concert. The venue is a popular spot among locals and visitors alike.

The show will be featuring local bands, disk jockeys, and other performers, fronting the renowned pop-rock band Cueshe, which rose to national fame in the early 2000s for songs like "Ulan," "Bakit?," and "Back to Me," among others.

Having welcomed 444, 980 day visitors within the Holy Week season of 2016 alone, the province anticipates an even greater volume of arrivals this year, especially with the weekly cruise ship docking at the Currimao Port.

In preparation for this and other activities in Holy Week, Provincial Tourism Officer Mr. Ianree Raquel has "deployed 300 tourism ambassadors and aides, mostly college students who have undergone a two-week brief training," to the different tourist sites in Ilocos Norte.

He added that their tourist aide program now also includes senior citizens and retirees who will in turn be deployed in the province's museums, churches, and other historical attractions.

Raquel also calls for unified cooperation with Bakers and Restaurants Association of Ilocos Norte (BRAIN) together with hotels and accommodation establishments, as they brace for another boom in the tourism industry beginning with the Lenten season.