May 6, 2007

Stingray memorial, another tourism attraction—DOT

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte—Foreign, domestic and local tourists now have another reason to visit this coastal town, already famous for its white sand beaches, with the inauguration of the Stingray memorial on April 21.

The Stingray memorial, which serves as a proof of the Philippines and the United States’ tight friendship commemorating the two countries’ joint forces which liberated Northern Luzon from the Japanese imperial army during World War II, stands tall in a 10-hectare coconut farm along Caunayan Bay.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Martin S. Valera, who attended the unveiling of the Stingray memorial last month, said the marker is an added tourist destination in the province, particularly for those who are interested in history.

Aside from the wondrous white beaches in this town, the monument, which was built to honor the USS Stingray crew which brought arms to local freedom fighters consisted mainly of guerillas and bolomen, and would drumbeat further interest among foreign, domestic and local tourists to visit this northern town of Ilocos Norte.

Valera added that the memorial’s site is also an ideal spot for diving and surfing.

Meanwhile, re-electionist Rep. Roque R. Ablan Jr. (1st district, Ilocos Norte) pledged to sponsor a bill in the House of Representatives to declare the Stingray memorial monument as a national shrine.

Leilanie G. Adriano

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