Marcos declares: ‘Darkest hours of pandemic are over’
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte: President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday boldly declared that the “darkest hours of the pandemic are over” as he vowed government’s support to boost the country’s domestic tourism industry.
Marcos issued the statement as he joined thousands of his fellow Ilocanos in celebrating the annual Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival, which is Ilocos Norte’s cultural festival, here at the newly refurbished Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium in Laoag City.
In his speech, the President acknowledged the efforts of the local government units, particularly in Ilocos Norte, “for bringing together the people, the visitors and alike to partake in our abundance.”
Marcos noted that though the past three years had sidelined the celebration of festivals and other