The province of Ilocos Sur is now preparing for its biggest celebration yet next month – its 200th founding anniversary.
Gov. Ryan Singson invited those who were born or who grew up in the province who have relocated to other provinces or who are now abroad to join in the celebrations for the bicentennial anniversary of Ilocos Sur.
“Like the branches of a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one,” Singson said.
“Call it a clan, a tribe, a family, whoever you are, you still need to look back where you came from,” he added.
The provincial government began preparing as early as last year for the grand celebration in February.
“Hold the chain and be part in uniting every Ilocano in the entire universe to ride in a plane and land in the province. Rest assured that 2018 will be full of fun and worth keeping memories,” Singson said.
According to the province’s public information officer Michael Escobar, the event highlight is the grand global reunion on Feb. 2.
He said the whole stretch of the activity coincides with the “Kannawidan” festival where the beauty and rich culture of the province are showcased.
The provincial government has uploaded a digital card on social media to invite natives of Ilocos Sur living abroad to attend the foundation day, dubbed as “Intayon 2018! Ilocos Sur.”
“Intayon means let’s go back home. Come and visit us in February,” Escobar said.
On Feb. 2, 1818, a Spanish royal decree was issued declaring the separation of Ilocos Norte from Ilocos Sur.