Ilocos Norte starts promotion of cultural treasures in 2014. It revives trades like carpentry, wood-carving, and handloom weaving. The first conservation school in the Philippines is launched in the Paoay Campus of the Mariano Marcos State University━College of Industrial Technology (MMSU-CIT). It is the Paoay School for Craftsmen. Cultural events are noted during the time of Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. It is not surprising that it’s revival is initiated by her daughter, Imee Marcos.
Youtube video by; Province of Ilocos Norte Official
[VIDEO]: GOVERNOR IMEE R. MARCOS’ SPEECH FOR TAN-OK FESTIVAL 2015
Arts and Music Festival
Under Governor Marcos’ leadership, Ilocos Norte begins to spearhead large-scale cultural-tourism events like the Himala sa Buhangin! Arts and Music Festival on the Ilocos desert and the popular Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals, the grandest display of festival culture in Northern Luzon.
Renew Vanishing Indigenous Cultures
Gov. Marcos urges Filipinos never to take own heritage for granted. Leaders must urgently put in place a cultural strategy not just to protect heritage sites and museums, but to further promote art galleries and ancient locations, endow schools of architecture, local design, literature, gastronomy, and renew indigenous cultures that are vanishing.
They continue to accelerate Ilocos Norte’s cultural-tourism campaign through the opening of new museums such as the Ilocano-Cordilleran Taoid Museum in Laoag City and the “rice farmer’s house” attraction called as the Balay Dingras. The provincial government supports the House of Inabel greatly. It opened earlier this month in Pinili. That serves to display loom-woven products, widen its market, and educate the youth in Ilocos on the craft.
When it Comes to Tourism and Cultural Development, Bongbong Marcos Looks Up to Sister, Imee
Imee and Bongbong Marcos used to have enormous and terrible fights when they were younger. Every time they see each other after a long period, they immediately go back to where they were the last time they were together. If Gov. Imee Marcos believes that it should be her brother Bongbong who is likely to follow her father’s footsteps in the executive office, Bongbong Marcos also looks up to her sister as the expert for tourism and cultural development in the family.