LAOAG CITY – The La Milagrosa Light Show, together with the Miss Ilocos Norte 2016 pre-pageant and evening gown competition, officially opened the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta at the Ilocos Norte Capitol last May 8, 2016.
Designed by Mr. Voltaire Dela Cruz, the show featured patterns of lights falling to the beat of both classical and contemporary Ilocano music such as “Pamulinawen,” “O Naraniag a Bulan,” and the Sirib Express official soundtrack, given a techno-genre twist.
Dela Cruz said that in designing the show, the first thing that came to his mind was to light the whole Capitol building and make it very bright, colorful, and festive.
The Capitol lights served as a unique backdrop to the Miss Ilocos Norte 2016 Pre-Pageant and Evening Gown competition, which featured local fashion designers’ creations that utilized the Ilocano fabric, inabel.
Gown designers were instructed to create pieces with at least 80% of the design made of the inabel fabric to promote Ilocano culture and support local artists.
The Miss Ilocos Norte Coronation Night will be held at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena on May 18 while the Capitol Light Show continues airing until May 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with 30-minute intervals.
In her message during the fiesta opening, Governor Imee R. Marcos, said: “Ipagdasal natin na tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang mga himala na binibigay dito sa atin, ang himala ng kakaibang kultura, ang himala ng kalikasan na nagbibigay pa ng kuryente at windpower; ang kakaibang tao na bumubuo ng Ilocandia na siyang talino at yaman ng ating lalawigan.”
Other activities of the La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta are the Himala sa Buhangin! Art and Music Festival on May 14 at the Paoay Sand Dunes; the nine-day novena and mass on May 12-20 in churches in Pinili, Laoag City, Pasuquin, Vintar, Bangui, Bacarra, Batac City, Currimao, and Badoc; and La Virgen Milagrosa’s grand procession after a mass at the Laoag Cathedral on May 21.
“Certainly, we will continue to live in that mysterious, miraculous, great Ilocos Norte,” Marcos said. (From the report of Mizpah Grace G. Castro, PGIN-CMO)