In celebration of President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ 98th birthday anniversary, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will produce for the first time a full-length musical play dubbed as ‘RAKENROL’ on September 11, 2015, 7:00 PM at Mariano Marcos State University’s Teatro Ilocandia, Batac.
‘RAKENROL’, as director Jeremy dela Cruz described it, is a story about “love and appreciating our past events.”
The play will take the audience on an immersive musical journey to the 1970s, a decade when ‘Manila Sound’ flourished and considered to shape the modern music scene in the country.
An original song entitled ‘Rakenrol’ composed by acclaimed Filipino novelty composer Mr. Dennis Castillo will be highlighted during the play together with hit songs by Hotdog, Juan dela Cruz, Freddie Aguilar, Labuyo, VST, and Rico J. Puno,
Dela Cruz explained that ‘RAKENROL’ is “not purely entertainment” as “just like the rock and roll genre of music which is characterized as hard and strong, the musical represents the strength and perseverance of Ilocanos.”
Last July, the provincial government conducted a series of role auditions which were attended by several Ilocano youth.
John Lennon Simisim and Winchelle Rumbaoa of Mariano Marcos State University were cast to play as the main characters Martin and Yolly, respectively.
“RAKENROL is new for the Ilocanos. Behind it is a real story and we integrated in the play the three elements of theater which are acting, singing and dancing. Details suiting the Ilocano audiences have been also added,” revealed dela Cruz.
Last year, the Marcos Fiesta celebration was highlighted by a theatrical performance and choreographed dances portraying the milestones of President Marcos’ life.
When asked about the potential of Ilocos Norte in the field of theater and musical play, dela Cruz said that “the province has a promising future when it comes to this form of art as Ilocanos are very creative and competitive.”
“Gradually, when we invest in more time to expose Ilocanos in the proper process of creating this art, we will not only stage musical plays but also revive and strengthen the Zarzuela and Comedia Ilocana,” dela Cruz added.
Governor Imee R. Marcos is keen on developing the talents of Ilocanos in acting, directing, choreography and production design through the “Looking for Johnny Moon Workshop,” a flagship arts’ program of the provincial government.
Meanwhile, the musical play will also showcase the brilliant collaborative efforts of talented Ilocanos: the director Jeremy dela Cruz, a faculty of the University of the Philippines, hails from Batac, the choreographer Rowell Tagatac works at Mariano Marcos State University with Sherberk F. Cabrales of the internationally acclaimed Samiweng Singers serving as vocal coach.
“I know it is difficult to produce this musical play in a short span of time but with the patience and extraordinary talents of the local artists, we can produce one with quality,” noted dela Cruz.—John Michael Mugas, PGIN-CMO
Proving its continuing excellence in local governance in the past few years, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) was cited as one of the ten Galing Pook 2015 awardees for its flagship youth program “Sirib Express.”
Governor Imee Marcos led the capitol department heads and Sirib Express Staff in presenting PGIN’s winning entry at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
On September 1, 2015, Ilocos Norte was conferred the Galing Pook Award 2015 plaque and a P100,000 check.
Galing Pook Awards is an annual search for best local governance programs nationwide spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government with its partner advocates of good governance from the academe, civil society and the government.
Winning entries are judged based on positive results and impacts (30%), promotion of people’s participation and empowerment (30%), innovation (15%), transferability and sustainability (15%) and efficiency of program service delivery (10%).
PGIN’s program entry, Sirib Express, was primarily created in 2013 to provide assistance to students, out-of-school youth and job-seeking graduates.
Named after the Ilocano term “knowledge,” the program encourages full participation and involvement of the Ilocano youth in governance by providing them opportunities to interact and voice out public concerns that would contribute to the province’s development.
Sirib Express started as a roving one-stop shop which makes the frontline services of the Provincial Government more accessible to the youth, including educational scholarships, employment assistance, guidance counseling as well as various seminars and workshops.
Sirib Express has then evolved into a permanent Capitol department—the Sirib Youth Office—through Provincial Ordinance No. 039-2015.
According to Gov. Marcos, the set-up of the Sirib Youth Office in Ilocos Norte is parallel to the provisions of Senate Bill No. 2401 which mandates the creation of Local Youth Development Offices in provinces, cities and municipalities which will ensure the implementation of projects and programs formulated by the ‘reformed’ Sangguniang Kabataan and their Local Youth Development Council.
Different programs, projects and events for youth development were formulated based on consultation meetings with student and youth leaders such as Sirib Young Leaders Scholarship Program, Sirib Youth Awards and Sirib Leadership Camp.
Gov. Marcos also led the development of “Sirib Mile,” a community of schools in the university belt in order to create a “learning province” with various educational and recreational equipment offered to out-of-school youth and students for free.
Library and wi-fi services are also made available at the 38 new and refurbished Information Hubs in the province through the Provincial Education Department and Information Technology and Communications Department.
The Sirib Express Staff claims that the greatest impact of these youth development projects is the successful promotion of youth volunteerism through the establishment of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA).
SIKA is a youth volunteer organization initiated and created by the Ilocano youth during their leadership camp last April 2014.
With over 5,000 members, the organization joins the Sirib Express in its regular municipal and university tours to further assess the needs and create opportunities especially for the out-of-school youth and indigents.
“SIKA members serve as our partners in good governance serving as volunteer event organizers, Paspas Dur-as! newsletter distributors, tour guides and partners in ensuring that programs of PGIN reach the grassroots,” said Provincial Information Officer June Arvin Gudoy.
Gov. Marcos thanked the Sirib Express and SIKA for their laudable efforts as evident in the remarkable improvements on education, employment and well-being of the youth.
“Congratulations to Sirib and SIKA! In the past few years, we have made remarkable improvement in the students’ National Achievement Test results. Participation rate has also increased by 5 points and survival rate by 4 points. Enrolment rate also increased especially among the primary level,” she added.
In addition, Ilocos Norte share the highest employment rate in Region 1 at 95.26%—a percentage even higher than the national average in 2013.
The training of youth peer counselors has also led to the meaningful decline of suicide rate in the province.
“Maraming silbi ang Sirib Youth Office dahil hindi naman lihim na marami talagang problema ang kabataan. Yung Sirib (Express) naging pansamantalang pamilya ng mga kabataan at sana ay maging inspirasyon ito sa Sirib at SIKA para pagtibayin at palagiin ang kanilang ginagawa,” Gov. Marcos said.
As an advocate of youth involvement in governance and as former chairman of the Kabataang Barangay, Gov. Marcos believes that the enthusiasm of the Ilocano youth is what the province and country needs to achieve transformational growth.
“Naniniwala ako na kayang-kaya pa rin ng kabataan ngayon na baguhin ang lipunan at himukin ang kanilang sariling kinabukasan. Let us march toward the dream of greatness. ’Yan ang ating panawagan—a huge challenge to make Ilocos Norte and our republic great again. To make the youth a moving force of society to transform what we have inherited to a deserving future,” Gov. Imee said during Sirib Express’ first year anniversary celebration.—Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO
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.
Governor Imee R. Marcos ordered the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to stay on red alert as efforts are intensified for the safety and early recovery of the province from the devastation brought by Typhoon ‘Ineng’ in the province over the weekend.
Prompting local government officials to place the province under a state of calamity on August 22, 2015, Ineng has reportedly left an estimated Php 600 million worth of damages.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), cost of damage to infrastructure now stands at Php 586,231,580.00 while agricultural damage has reached Php 59, 487,159.40 as of August 24. The figures are still expected to rise in the coming days.
Numbers of affected individuals, families and barangays have climbed up to 83,220, 19,452 and 238, respectively. Reported death toll from the typhoon stood at one, with ten injured and one still missing.
As of today, roads in Nalasin and Talugtog, Solsona and Barong and Elizabeth, Dingras remain impassable due to severe flooding.
Meanwhile, Governor Marcos announced today that Ilocanos could undergo a free medical check-up and treatment of typhoon-related diseases in Provincial Hospital and several district hospitals in Ilocos Norte until Friday, August 28.
The medical teams earlier deployed by the Provincial Capitol reported an increase risk in widespread respiratory tract infection including diarrhea and flu and a dengue outbreak after the typhoon.
Governor Marcos also added that Ilocanos can avail of the free transportation service from Laoag City proper to Lapaz, Gabu and San Mateo starting today while those who will be going to the routes of Laoag-Pagudpud, Laoag-San Nicolas-Batac-Paoay, Laoag-Dingras-Solsona will be accommodated beginning tomorrow. The free service will be implemented by the Metro Ilocos Norte Council’s (MINC) Night Express and will last until Thursday, August 27.
With the strong wind and heavy rain brought by the typhoon, a province-wide power cut off is being experienced since yesterday caused by a toppled electric tower at Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
“Restoration of the toppled tower along San Esteban-Laoag 115kV line is currently in full swing. Target completion of restoration is August 26 as we are still being delayed because of inaccessibility and inclement weather,” said National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.
To address the massive power cut off in the province, the Provincial Capitol, several municipal and city halls and the pumping stations of the Ilocos Norte Water District are offering free charging of devices and free calls to Ilocanos.
Since yesterday, Governor Marcos has been seeking for the assistance from the national government and appealing to NGCP to fast track the repairing of the toppled electric tower. She has also asked local gasoline stations to stock up in preparation for a rise in demand in fuel.—Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, Communications and Media Office
For reference, contact Mr. June Arvin C. Gudoy of PGIN – Communications and Media Office at 0915 396 1332.