By: Freddie G. Lazaro
VIGAN CITY, September 21 (PIA) – A famous “Mariachi” Mexican band marked the celebration of the Mexican Independence by performing at different historic places in Ilocos Sur last Sunday.
Mexican Ambassador Julio Camarena Villaseñor brought the band to help promote attractive local tourist spots in Ilocos Sur and to strengthen the diplomatic relationship between Mexico and the province.
The band sang and performed classic Mexican music with their guitars, violin, tambourine and accordion at the well-preserved century-old Bantay Bell Tower and Nuestra Señora de La Caridad Church found in nearby Bantay town, at the famous Baluarte Zoo, at the prominent Vigan Heritage Village and at the different museums.
They also tasted delicious Ilocano foods and delicacies.
“We choose Ilocos Sur because we have the same culture and traditions which trace back during Spanish colonial times. We want to incorporate these similarities we have to promote our tourism industry,” said Villaseñor.
In his message, Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson took the opportunity to invite Mexican investors to make business with the Ilocanos for the development of economic industry in the province.
“Our main goal is to boost our tourism industry and at the same time we wanted to uplift our economic industry. Investors will come and invest in our province to create employment to boost our economy,” said Singson.
Villaseñor plans to have a Tequila Festival in the province which is a famous festival in Mexico. (JNPD/FGL/PIA-1)