Batac City takes tourism dip after Marcos burial

>> Thursday, December 8, 2016

By Jennifer T. Pambid

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte -- New tourism developments are being planned by the provincial and city governments to make Batac a ‘city of parks’ in Ilocos Norte.
This, after this city took a dip in tourist arrivals following the burial of former President Marcos.
The mausoleum where the body of the former President lain in state was visited daily by tourists before his burial.  
Following this, Gov. Imee Marcos, the late strongman’s daughter said conceptual plans said Batac would be transformed into a park city promoting environmental sustainability.
 “Ang siyudad ng Batac City, may planong maging ‘park city’ at ipagkakabit-kabit ang pitong parke mulas a (Mariano Marcos State University) lagoon, Aglipay Park, Marcos Park hanggang plaza sasentro, tuhog sa Ricarte Park, papuntang Billoca lake at abot pa sa San Pedro eco-park,” she announced.
 Ilocos Norte Tourism officer Aianree Raquel said “Batac is envisioned to be a city with most number of parks and the widest public spaces.”
 The Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Center in Batac remains top destination in the province for local and foreign tourists.
As the transfer of the remains of the former president at Libingan ng mga Bayani is being planned, the redevelopment and expansion of Batac City center will provide new attractions and further boost tourism in Ilocos Norte, Raquel said.
 “We’re very confident that tourist influx in Batac City will continue with these new development efforts.”
 The overall theme of the plan is “heroic Ilocanos,” a celebration of the heroic tradition of Ilocanos featuring famous and outstanding BataqueƱos.
 Regarded as the ‘Home of great leaders,’ Batac City is the hometown of significant heroic figures including former President Marcos; Gregorio Aglipay, the founder of the Philippine Independent Church; and Gen. ArtemioRicarte, the Father of the Philippine Army.
 The initiative is part of Gov. Marcos’ call to make Ilocos Norte “livable, sustainable and resilient” by creating more public spaces where Ilocanos can exercise their creativity while upholding their own culture.
 Marcos said public domain such as town plazas, beach and lake fronts, terminals, bars and restaurants are places where “we congregate and form social capital, volunteer associations, and bind friendships.”


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