Ilocos Sur province is celebrating its 200th bicentennial anniversary with several exciting activities – like PHLPost’s issuance of new commemorative stamps. The year long celebration will also culminate with the province’s hosting of the annual Palarong Pambansa (National Games) for 2018.
(From Left to Right) Luis D. Carlos, PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing and Management Support Services, Governor Ryan Luis Singson, ( National President, League of Provinces of the Philippines ) and Vice Governor Jeremias Singson ( Ilocos Sur province ) presented the commemorative first day covers and stamps. (photo courtesy of PHLPOST )
The province has well- known tourist attractions which summarizes the beauty and grandeur of the entire region. Part of the historic celebration includes the issuance of commemorative stamps which was recently unveiled at the Ilocos Sur provincial capitol.
Ilocos Sur commemorative stamps
The special set of four designs and illustrations of some of the well known tourist attractions which summarizes the beauty and grandeur of Ilocos Sur. PHLPost issues a special set of block of four stamps and a souvenir sheet with two circular stamps.
Historical Sites of Ilocos Sur
The historic Calle Crisologo – a major tourist attraction in Vigan City, is filled with Spanish-style houses that evoke a bygone era is included in the stamp. Another major tourist attraction is the Sta. Maria Church, one of the four baroque churches in the Philippines and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It was built in 1810 on a narrow hill by a defensive wall overlooking the town’s poblacion.
The popular Pinsal Falls featured in the stamp is located in Barangay Baballasioan in Santa Maria. The 85-foot-high waterfall is the largest in Ilocos Sur and is a popular location for filming Filipino movies and a favorite spot for swimming and picnicking. The stamp also highlights the historic Bessang Pass Natural Monument, a protected area and memorial that commemorates the June 14, 1945 victory by Filipino soldiers serving the U.S. Armed Forces in the Philippines Northern Luzon over the imperial Japanese Army.