La Virgen Milagrosa Festival dancers of Badoc, Ilocos Norte grace the opening of lights show.
LAOAG CITY -- Hundreds of residents and visitors look forward to seeing the joyful symphony of lights, which is now even made better with a spread of art installations in front of the Ilocos Norte Capitol grounds.
Led by former First Lady and incumbent Congresswoman Imelda Marcos of the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte, the Capitol lights show opened on Wednesday with the special participation of the La Virgen Milagrosa dancers of Badoc, llocos Norte.
In celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Ilocanos, the lights show is one of the highlights of the month-long La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta, attracting more tourists to visit the province.
“Here’s a project we dedicate to all Ilocanos and to all our hardworking colleagues, who in the last eight years, have dedicated their time and talents in producing the festival. In the end, we will remember the joy of working together and tirelessly upholding Ilocano pride,” Aian Raquel, head of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office, said during the lighting ceremony.
With original materials composed of Ilocano talents, this year’s spectacle features some Ilocano folk songs and festival music dedicated to the province’s patroness, La Virgen Milagrosa, which is enshrined at the newly-declared Minor Basilica of Saint John the Baptist in Badoc town.
The lights show runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with 30 minutes interval.
Launched in 2012, the La Milagrosa provincial festival in the province features a series of events celebrating both classic and contemporary Ilocano culture.
The Capitol lights is a constant hit among tourists, making them stay longer in the province. (PNA)