1st “Tan-ok” Film Fest, inauguration of new infrastructure projects mark Ilocos Norte’s 203rd founding anniversary


The 1st Tan-ok ni Ilocano Film Festival and the inauguration of new infrastructure projects will highlight the commemoration of the 203rd Foundation Anniversary of Ilocos Norte on February 2, 2021.

A rebrand of the annual “Tan-ok” showdown of festivals, the “Tan-ok” Film Festival which will feature the fabled strength and pride of the people of Ilocos Norte, will be screened at the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center and Paoay Sand Dunes on February 1 and 2, respectively. The Tourism Promotions Board sponsored the seed grant for the production and cash prizes of winners.

“This is the first time [in all our celebrations] that we focused on a documentary format. So this is a good exercise for our filmmakers and beneficial for us as well because we can document our present social condition as narrated by our people-those who are living the story,” said Provincial Tourism Officer, Mr. Ianree B. Raquel.



On the other hand, the inauguration of the renovated “La Tabacalera” in Laoag City and the soft opening of the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Park in Paoay will be led by Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc on February 2.

According to Gov. Marcos Manotoc, the Provincial Government is developing the “La Tabacalera” as the newest food park in the city. Meanwhile, the Friendship Park is dedicated to the Ilokano and Chinese community in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the “longstanding alliance, friendship, and cooperation” of the Philippines and China.

Other activities in the lineup are the Product Familiarization Tour, Ilocano Creatives Fest, Ilocano Culinary Heritage Competition and Exhibit, and a thanksgiving mass and fluvial parade.