Marcos fiesta opens in Ilocos Norte

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte — A mini-exhibit opens today, Friday, at the Robinsons Mall annex building featuring posters and other commemorative collections of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

With a hashtag #SalamatApo, the three-day activity kicked off on Friday morning with a whole-day job fair at the San Nicolas mall main activity area along with a series of activities prepared for the 99th birth anniversary of the former president.

In her short speech, Governor Imee Marcos expressed gratitude to all organizers and participants.

“Kahit naudlot ang libing, tayo’y nagpapasalamat at narito pa siya sa Ilocos. Maraming salamat for celebrating my dad’s birthday. It’s great celebration,” she said, referring to the Supreme Court’s ruling to extend the status quo ante order on Marcos’ burial until October 18.

In partnership with various organizations here such as the Rotary Club of Metro Ilocos Norte, Bakeries and Restaurants Association of Ilocos Norte, Department of Education and other private companies, a quiz show, Kalesa Art and debates finals are happening today at the Robinsons annex building.

On Saturday, winners in the memorabilia contest which is open to the public will be exhibited at the mall. The exhibit features old photos, posters, and other souvenir items kept and preserved by individuals during the term of Marcos as president.

“This is one of our efforts to generate new objects, new artifacts and materials for our museums. As you know, our Marcos heritage trail is a top destination — our most famous attraction in the province that provides jobs for many people,” said Ianree Raquel, Provincial Tourism Officer of Ilocos Norte. PNA/