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A history route is unveiled in Ilocos Norte town to boost tourism.

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Ilocos Norte’s historic town of Bacarra is relying on its observable cultural riches to draw more tourists.

On Thursday, municipal tour guides took guests on a trip down memory lane as they introduced the town’s recently opened legacy path, which features at least eight of the cultural landmarks for which the town is most known.

The Bacarra municipal hall, also known as Casa Municipal, where the gobernadorcillio formerly held office, is 91 years old. Although it no longer resembles the original construction, which was destroyed by an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 in 1931, its baroque aspects are still there.

The 1590-founded Pueblo of Bacarra plaza complex is located in front of the municipal building. The plaza is still used by the general population for recreation and rest.

The well-maintained ancestral home of the Lazo-Albano family, popularly known in the neighborhood as “Balay a Dakkel,” is only a few meters from the plaza complex. It was constructed in the 1800s by Andres Lazo, and its distinguishing characteristics have been maintained. The Lazo clan’s subsequent generations have likewise maintained their dedication to public service, as evidenced by the fact that some of them have been chosen or nominated to municipal and federal government positions.

The birthplace of Elizabeth Marcos-Keon, who was born on November 27, 1926, was also highlighted by the heritage route.

As governor from 1971 to 1983, she laid the path for considerable infrastructural development in the province, including agriculture, community beautification, health and sanitation, and environmental betterment. She was the younger sister of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr.

The Gabaldon School, La Peralta Residencia, Museo de Bacarra, and the Bacarra Church & Bellfry are further heritage buildings in the municipality; they are all situated close to the plaza complex.

The mayor of the town, Nicomedes Dela Cruz, announced on Thursday that eight historical markers had been presented to highlight the town’s rich culture and history in time for this week’s fiesta celebration.

He declared, “With this new Bacarra attraction, we are optimistic about the growth resurrection of the tourism industry of our town.

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