New museums to boost Ilocos tourism

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Laoag City, Ilocos Norte: Reaching its highest influx of tourists in the past five years, four museums across Ilocos Norte are opening this November 11 to 14, 2015 to strengthen its ‘Paoay Kumakaway!’ tourism campaign.

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Opening this month are the Paoay Convent Ruins on November 12; Balay Dingras on November 13 and; Taoid Museum at Laoag City and the newly restored Burgos Lighthouse Museum on November 14.

Also on Wednesday, November 11, renowned visual artist Marc Cosico’s mural dedicated to the memory of the Ilocanos in leading the Basi Revolt in 1807 will also be unveiled at Piddig town.

The museums showcase the province’s extraordinary and diverse culture, history and heritage taking cue from the ‘cultural strategy’ the provincial government has taken to fortify its tourism edge.

The three-year old ‘Paoay Kumakaway!’ campaign has highlighted the key attractions and vibrant culture of Ilocos Norte and has continued to attract national and global attention.

“We aim to uphold Ilocano culture as primary driver of growth and development by putting in place a cultural strategy not merely to protect heritage sites and museums, but to promote art galleries and spaces, endow schools of architecture, design, literatre, and renew vanishing indigenous cultures,” Governor Imee Marcos explained.

THOM PICAÑA

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