Feature: Ilocos Region, a home of legacy

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, May 31 – The National Heritage Month was celebrated in May with the theme “Taoid: Crossing, Caring, Carrying on…”

The National Heritage Month celebration first started in 2004 under Proclamation No. 439 on August 11, 2003 declaring the month of May of every year as National Heritage Month. This is in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history, and love of country.

In La Union, the Provincial Capitol launched an art gallery participated in by various local artists from Isabela, Baguio City and La Union. Some of the artists’ masterpieces include acrylic on canvass such as “Kinnirit” (Hide and Seek), oil on canvass like “Kawes ko Gaddang” (I wear Gaddang), 3D rice husks sculpture like the “Alingawngaw sa Kabukiran”, art on Sungka and Turumpo (Traditional Filipino Games), and others that depict the Filipino culture.

In Ilocos Region, the province of Ilocos Sur is where the myriad of cultures and histories converge to become a living museum of a spirited past. A national shrine, a national landmark, a national museum, heritage museums, ancestral houses, period houses, cobble – stoned streets-they all share space in the timeless land of Ilocos Sur.

In La Union, one may find the Pindangan Ruins, a remnant of the oldest church, symbolizes the union of two sitios here in San Fernando City: San Vicente de Balanac, a coastal village, and San Guillermo de Dalangdang. Although the church was damaged due to earthquake, it is still indeed a place of serenity.

Another historical vestige here is the Bacsil Ridge, site of heroic defense by Filipinos against the invading Japanese soldiers in 1945.

These are just among the thousands of sites and relics in the Philippines that provide a glimpse into the glorious past of Filipinos as a people, and the value of treasures from the past. (ANL/MBR-PIA 1 La Union)

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