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‘RAKENROL’ musical play to highlight Marcos Fiesta celebration

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Ilocos Norte set to celebrate Apo Lakay’s 98th birthday anniversary

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Ilocos Norte set to celebrate Apo Lakay’s 98th birthday anniversary

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Marking the 98th birthday anniversary of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos,—popularly known among Ilocanos as Apo Lakay—the Province of Ilocos Norte is set to conduct youth-engaging activities in honor of its favorite son starting this September 9.

Da Real Makoy Literary and Musical Competition will open the weeklong celebration, a fitting tribute to President Marcos who was an accomplished orator, debater and writer. Contested activities include Retro Quartet, Imelda and Makoy Singing Competition, Quiz Bee, Digital Poster Making, Pinoy Ballroom and Kalesa Art.

This year’s celebration will be highlighted by a musical play dubbed as ‘RAKENROL’, a story of love and portrayal of the strength and perseverance of Ilocanos.

“In the past years, Da Real Makoy Concert has drawn thousands of Ilocanos. This time, the musical play will give a new life to the province-wide celebration of Marcos Fiesta,” said Ms. Elaine Lubguban, Media Incentives Desk Officer of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN).

The RAKENROL musical is free admission and will premiere during FEM’s birthday on September 11, 7:00 PM at Mariano Marcos State University’s Teatro Ilocandia.

Meanwhile, a statue in honor of Apo Lakay will be unveiled in Sarrat, his birthplace, on September 12.

“With the recent typhoon Ineng that hit Ilocos Norte, a relief caravan will be an integral part of the celebration. The Marcos’ family will go around the different towns struck by the typhoon to conduct a relief operation on September 12,” said Mr. Aian Racquel, head of the Provincial Tourism Office.

Now on its fourth year, the Marcos Fiesta has been regarded as one of the biggest festivities in the province.

The event has gathered more than 15,000 Ilocanos and Marcos loyalists all over the country last year.

“As we honor the legacy of President Marcos—nationalism, genuine commitment to duties and of course to rigorous planning and development—we prove that Ilocanos are indeed patriotic, religious and compassionate,” said Governor Imee R. Marcos during last year’s celebration.

Through the active participation of the Sirib Youth Office, the celebration is also expected to draw the largest crowd of young Ilocanos since most of the event’s activities are centered on them.

Aside from the Da Real Makoy Literary and Musical Competition, the most anticipated Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FEM) Debate Cup comes back on September 14 showcasing the speech and debate talents of the Ilocano youth.

The debate cup aims to empower young Ilocanos to share their ideas on relevant issues in the province.

In line with the celebration, a Marcos Fiesta Job Fair is also organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) on September 9, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO

 For more info and updates about the Marcos Fiesta: Please contact the Provincial Tourism Office at (077) 670 – 0004 / 0917 5500 946 / 0917 5500 945) or you can check out the following media site: www.facebook.com/IlocosNorteOfficial.