ILOCOS SUR’S GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE. The provincial government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), headed by Governor Ryan Luis Singson, led the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in front of the Provincial Capitol in the heritage city of Vigan on Monday night, Dec. 2, to signal the start of the Yuletide season. Ornaments such as abel Iloco, balikutsa, basi wine, buri crafts, corn, garlic, tinubong, Vigan tiles, among others are put together to adorn the community Christmas tree. The tree not just serves as a reminder about the Christmas spirit but it is also the province’s way of promoting products that are rooted in the local culture of Ilocanos. (text by April M. Montes-Bravo / photo by Jasper A. Espejo)