April 30, 2006

IN hosts mountaineering congress

More than a hundred mountaineers from all over the country trekked to the province on April 26 for the 27th Mountaineering Congress.

Spearheaded by Michael Luis, president of the Pinakbet Group – an eco-adventure group based in Ilocos Norte, the mountaineers began their ascend to the Agamomata National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in the eastern town of Solsona early today.

Also included in the itinerary of the participants are visits to: the Bangui windfarm; Cape Bojeador lighthouse in Burgos; white sand beaches in Pagudpud; and century-old churches doting the province.

Milagros Gonzales, provincial tourism officer, said that this is a good opportunity to promote the province as a multi-faceted tourism destination.

“Though Ilocos Norte is well known for its beaches and historical sites, there are plenty of unexplored territories like mount Agamomata that we can offer to local and foreign tourists alike, specially eco-adventure enthusiasts,” she said.

Gonzales added that the Department of Tourism (DOT) provincial office is continuously conducting accreditation of home stays and training for local tour guides to accommodate the expected influx of tourist this summer.

Aleli Aggasid-Batara, PIA-Ilocos

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