LAOAG CITY, April 13 (PIA) – Aside from the observance of the Christian liturgical tradition, the Lenten season is also a season for Ilocos Norte to welcome a great tourist influx in its top destinations.
On Palm Sunday, which marked the beginning of the Holy Week, over 5,000 visiting tourists were tallied by the Tourism Office of the Municipal Government of Paoay. Tourists grew in number for about 7,342 on Holy Monday.
According to Ms. Caixiara Guerrero of the Paoay Tourism Office, the Paoay Church and the Culili Point Sand Dunes are blockbusters for the visitors and tourists who are looking for adventure and for time to reflect.
Given the number of tourists, Guerrero ensured not just a memorable experience for them but also proper sanitation and security during their visit.
“With the aid of tourist ambassadors from the province, the Philippine National Police, and local government unit security, our tourists would feel like this province is their home,” Guerrero said.
The town of Currimao is also gearing up to warmly accommodate on April 14, Good Friday, the sixth batch of Superstar Virgo Star Cruise passengers who are expected to visit historical and cultural benchmarks in the province.
The Superstar Virgo is the flagship of the Star Cruises which will stay in the province until May 23.
Aiming to bring genuine hospitality and friendly environment for the visitors, tourist ambassadors, cultural dancers, and historians are now deployed to various top destinations in the province, the PTO said.
Twenty historians, who are senior citizen tourism aides, serve as storytellers of the rich culture and history of museums and historic churches.
As more tourists and pilgrims are expected to arrive for the Holy Week, the PTO is hopeful to surpass the tourist arrival of over 400,000 for the same season last year. (JNPD/MJTAB/PIA-1,Ilocos Norte)