BATAC EMPANADA. A vendor prepares Batac empanada with its distinctive orange color imparted by the addition of achuete. The empanada is just one of many attractions that tourists love to experience when visiting Ilocos Norte. The province is set to launch the 1st Provincial Tourism Awards to recognize pioneering projects and local leaders in hospitality and customer service, agri-tourism and eco-tourism, and marketing and product development. (photo by PGIN CMO)