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  • Artists Pay Tribute To Farmers Carabaos In Binatbatan Festival Of Arts

    See Vigan's colorful culture and history depicted on carabaos at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts!

    On Friday, May 5, 15 artists paid tribute to the farmers and their beasts of burden at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts in Vigan City.

    The artists painted the carabaos with designs inspired by the culture and history of Vigan City for a parade that took place in the city's heritage district.

    The artists had a field day doing what they do best, using seeds and tiles in their artwork.

    Vigan City will also celebrate the month of May as National Heritage Month, which recognizes the need to ...

  • Hiking Matters 553 Mt Namandiraan In Cervantes Ilocos Sur

    I just completed a two-day hike of Mt. Namandiraan in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur, and am very impressed with this mountain, which happens to Ilocos Sur's highest point at 2331 MASL! The hike features long stretches of trail through pine forests rivaling Mt. Ugo, and even surpassing it in terms of being pristine. What's more, the Mt. Namandiraan hike begins at Bessang Pass – site of one of the great liberation battles vs. Yamashita's troops in 1945 – adding historic significance to an already-important peak by virtue of its topographic prominence. Kudos to Jet de Mesa, Rogemar Bravo, and team f ...

  • Preservation Of Vigans Heritage Through Festival Of The Arts

    Vigan's heritage is not only celebrated and promoted for preservation during the World Heritage Solidarity Festival in September, but also during the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts in May.

    "It is very timely that you have this festival in May as it is the National Heritage Month," said Dr. Edwin Antonio of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) during the radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.

    The preservation of Vigan's heritage during the weeklong festival from May 1 to 7 is demonstrated by the various events which centers on the miracle of May ...

  • Vigans Calesas Take Center Stage

    The city's famous horse-drawn carriages or calesas took center stage as Vigan City celebrates the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts this week.

    The heritage city's famous calesas or horse-drawn carriages took center stage as Vigan City celebrated the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts this week.

    Calesas play a vital role in the city's tourism industry as they not only serve as transportation for tourists, they are tourist attractions themselves.

    This week, colorful and especially decorated calesas paraded along the Spanish-era city's world-renowned streets to showcase ...

  • DOT Lauds Cites Potential Of Tagudins Tikanlu Festival

    Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo on Tuesday lauded the municipal government headed by Mayor Roque Verzosa for staging the 10th Tikanlu (tinungbo, kangkanen and lubi-lubi), festival, which she said has the potential to be a major Philippine festival and tourist draw.

    She likened it to international historical, cultural and religious events which were made feasible with the unity and cooperation of the people from small towns like Tagudin.

    "I did not have second thoughts when I received an invitation to grace the Tikanlu festival," she told Tagudin residents.

    "Tik ...

  • The Beautiful Philippines Ilocos Region

    Ilocos is a region in the Philippines, encompassing the northwestern coast of Luzon island. It's known for its historic sites, beaches and the well-preserved Spanish colonial city of Vigan. Dating from the 16th century, Vigan's Mestizo district is characterized by cobblestone streets and mansions with wrought-iron balconies. Farther north, Laoag City is a jumping-off point for the huge La Paz Sand Dunes.

    Municipalities: 116

    Cities: Alaminos, Pangasinan, Batac, Candon, Dagupan, LaoagProvinces: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan

    Major cities: Alaminos, Pangasinan, Batac, Can ...