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Trivias about the San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

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Last year, the town of San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte celebrated the centennial of its reconstitution through the Damili Festival slated from November 9 to December 31. Damili, an Ilocano word meaning pottery or pottery making, is a traditional livelihood of the San Nicolas folks. The two-month long celebration is in pursuant of Proclamation 1832 signed by President Gloria Arroyo on July 6, 2009 declaring 2009 as the Centennial Year of the Reconstitution of the Municipality of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. The proclamation also directs various agencies including the National Historical Institute (NHI) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to participate in the celebration.

Historically, San Nicolas was separated from Laoag and its territory was reconstituted on January 1, 1909 pursuant to Executive Order 101 dated October 22, 1908, issued by then-Gov. Gen. James Smith.

Various activities spiced up the centennial celebration. Among the highlights of the event included a sports festival, search for Binibining San Nicolas, agro-industrial trade fair and exhibit, art exhibit, street dancing, a historical photo contest dubbed “San Nicolas: Photographs and Memories of a Hundred Years, and a zarzuela titled, “San Nicolas, Ili Nagtaudak.” A centennial marker and a commemorative stamp was also inaugurated.

The local government has also awarded its outstanding sons and daughters in the fields of government service, public service, community leadership, journalism, literature and arts, peace and inter-religious understanding, emergent leadership, public health, education, business, moral and religious leadership, contribution to children, human rights, humanitarian and voluntary service, personal development and accomplishment, medicine, banking, entrepreneurship, community service, sports, law practice, legislation, science and technology, poverty alleviation, environment, agriculture and engineering and architecture.

As part of NCCA’s contribution to the celebration, NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez prepared a Tabak at Sampaguita, a series of poetry and music showcasing the creative genius of the Ilocanos coordinated with Radyo Balintataw on dzRH with Jose Bragado, Noli Dumlao, Joelad Santos and Tomas Ongoco.