To be built at a cost of P55 million, the 55,000 sq m cultural center will be located in Batac City, where great talents for arts and cultural performances are found.
To be named after the former first lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, the cultural center would be an upgraded version of the existing one beside the Batac City Hall.
City Mayor Jeffrey Jubal Nalupta said the cultural center would be similar to the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, except the architecture for the roof design would be localized to conform with Ilocano arts and design.
“With this project, Batac would now become the center of arts and culture in Ilocos Norte as this would not only feature performing artists but also visual arts,” Nalupta said.
The ‘Imelda Cultural Center’ will serve as venue for arts and cultural presentations by local talents, as well as national and international artists.
An initial fund of P35 million has been released to start the project, to be followed by another P20 million to complete the total funding of P55 million.
The funding of the project comes from Cong. Marcos’ office while the lot was donated by the city government of Batac.
Marcos personally led the groundbreaking ceremony of the multi-million peso ‘Cultural Center’ in Northern Luzon.
Local government of Batac is also planning to upgrade hotels in the city to accommodate the expected influx of local, domestic and foreign tourists in the future.
Ilocos Norte continues to boost its tourism and economic industry, building commercial and cultural centers and inviting more tourists to visit the province. (ANL/CDG-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)