LAOAG CITY – This year’s 6th Semana ti Ar-aria Festival, a Halloween bash held annually in this province featured a horror parade highlighting the theme Game of Thrones (GoT).
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, garbed as the character Daenerys Targaryan, known as the “Mother of Dragons”in the famous hit television show, Game of Thrones, welcomed the guests and visitors in the final night of of the festival which culminated with a horror parade, dubbed as Parada Iloca-Ilocana.
GoT is an HBO hit television series based on books by George R.R. Martin titled “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
In line with the celebration, the capitol facade was decorated with a replica of the Iron Throne, dragons, wights and White Walkers, and other characters from the series. Capitol offices also decorated accordingly during the trick-or-treat event last October 28.
Using the words of GoT’s House Stark, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos said: “Sa isandaang taon ng aking ama, sa dalawang daang taon ng ating probinsiya, the North remembers indeed and is grateful.”
Last September, the province celebrated the centenary of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, featuring a forum titled “Marcos 100: The North Remembers.” The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will commemmorate the bicentennial foundation celebration next February.
Governor Marcos shared that it has been a difficult year for the province, especially with the delayed processing of the electoral protest of her brother Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. for the vice presidential post.
“Pero para sa akin, lahat ng sakripisyo na iyan ay parang katapusan lamang ng gapas. Pagkatapos ng ani na sinisiga, lahat ng basura, sinusunog lahat ng walang kwenta, at lumalabas ang pinakasariwa, pinakadalisay, at pinakawagas at maganda. Purification, ika nga—paglilinis, at ngayon makikita ang tunay na ganda , tunay na pagkakaisa, tunay na pagtitipong Ilocano.”
The Semana ti Ar-aria Festival, which ran from October 23 to 31, also featured the “Lilia Cuntapay Look-A-Like Contest,” “Reyna Iloca-Ilocana,” and the “Lilia Cuntapay Short Horror Film Competition.” as a homage to the Horror Queen of Philippine Cinema, who was an active “Ar-aria” participant until her death in August 2016.
“Maraming pasasalamat, kasiyahan, sa ating tunay na paglilinis, pagsusunog ng hindi kinakailangan, pagkakaisa at paghuhulma ng mas wagas, mas matibay at mas malakas para sa Halloween at sa susunod na taon,” Governor Marcos said. (Tawid News from the report of Edison Justin B. Deus, PGIN-CMO)