ILOCOS NORTE: Highlighting this year’s fifth “Semana ti Ar-aria” or Ghost Week in Ilocos Norte was the “Parada Iloca-locana” or Ghost Parade that turned the major roads of Laoag City into a ghost town on Saturday night.
Gov. Imee Marcos said there was an increase in the number of people who watched and witnessed this year’s “Parada Iloca-locana.”
This year’s Ghost Parade was led by Marcos who brought Lilia Cuntapay, the Philippines’ original queen of horror films and the icon of the “Semana ti Ar-aria” festival, to take part in the parade.
Featuring the most terrifying ghost costumes and floats from the province, “Parada Iloca-locana” is one of the most successful activities of the province’s ultimate Halloween bash since 2010.
“This annual event showcases the creativity of the Ilocanos in making and conceptualizing their scary costumes,” said Xavier Ruiz of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office.
He said thousands of tourists and locals joined the parade led by the employees of the provincial capitol, different local government units and non-government organizations. There was bigger participation from the private sector.
Meanwhile, on Sunday and Monday, festival-goers were invited to complete their Halloween pilgrimage by visiting the Tumba Festival of Paoay as well as the Paoay House of Horror at the Paoay Plaza.
During the final two days, festival-goers were encouraged to experience the distinct way Ilocanos honor the spirits of the dead through the centuries-old cultural tradition highlighted at Tumba Festival of Paoay.
The “Semana ti Ar-Aria” Halloween Festival highlights the province’s unique tradition of remembering the dead that is a weeklong series of events culminating on November 2.
Annually organized by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte since 2010, this province’s Halloween season is now on it fifth year as “Semana ti Ar-Aria Festival.”