Ilocos Norte Capitol light show to kick-start La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta


May. 04, 2016 ...

Signaling the start of Ilocos Norte's Provincial Fiesta, the La Milagrosa Light Show will illuminate the Ilocos Norte Capitol building this Sunday, May 8.

The Provincial Fiesta began in 2012, featuring a series of events celebrating both classic and contemporary Ilocano culture while honoring Ilocos Norte's patron saint, La Virgen Milagrosa.

According to Mr. Ianree Raquel of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO), they have coordinated with Voltaire Dela Cruz, a Filipino renowned as "one of the best lighting designers in the world" for his light designs in public parks, including the annual Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle in Makati City, Metro Manila.

The Capitol was chosen as the location for the light show not for its central location in the provincial capital of Laoag City, but because it is "one of our most important heritage buildings," said Raquel.

He added that the Provincial Fiesta is "essentially a celebration of our heritage."

Coinciding with the Light Show will be the Miss Ilocos Norte pre-pageant, highlighted by a fashion show of evening gowns featuring the Ilocano fabric, inabel.

Other activities in line with the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta are the Himala sa Buhangin! Art and Music Festival on May 14; the Miss Ilocos Norte 2016 Coronation Night on May 18; a nine-day novena and mass on May 12-20 held at different churches throughout the province, and the grand procession of La Virgen Milagrosa on May 21 at the Laoag Cathedral.