Imee Marcos at GoT-inspired Halloween bash: "The North remembers, is grateful"

Nov 03, 2017 ...

The 6th "Semana ti Ar-aria Festival 2017," annual Halloween bash of Ilocos Norte, culminated with the  "Parada Iloca-Ilocana" horror parade featuring this year's theme Game of Thrones (GoT) last October 31.

GoT is an HBO hit television series based on books by George R.R. Martin titled "A Song of Ice and Fire." The show premiered in 2011, soon after the latest book was released; at present, there are two more planned and being written.

In line with the celebration, the capitol facade was decorated with a replica of the Iron Throne, dragons, wights and White Walkers, and other characters from the series. Capitol offices also decorated accordingly during the trick-or-treat event last October 28.

"Sa isandaang taon ng aking ama, sa dalawang daang taon ng ating probinsiya, the North remembers indeed and is grateful." said Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, using the words of GoT's House Stark as she welcomed locals and visitors to the final night of the "Ar-aria" fest. She dressed up as the character "DaenerysTargaryen," known as the "Mother of Dragons" and the likely rightful heir to the Iron Throne.

Last September, the province celebrated the centenary of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, featuring a forum titled "Marcos 100: The North Remembers." Meanwhile the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) looks forward to the bicentennial foundation celebration next February.

Governor Marcos also shared that it has been a difficult year for the province, especially with the delayed processing of the electoral protest of her brother Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos Jr. for the vice presidential post.

"Pero para sa akin, lahat ng sakripisyo na iyan ay parang katapusan lamang ng gapas. Pagkatapos ng ani na sinisiga, lahat ng basura, sinusunog lahat ng walang kwenta, at lumalabas ang pinakasariwa, pinakadalisay, at pinakawagas at maganda.Purification, ika ngapaglilinis, at ngayon makikita ang tunay na ganda , tunay na pagkakaisa, tunay na pagtitipong Ilocano."

The Semana ti Ar-aria Festival, which ran from October 23 to 31, also featured the "Lilia Cuntapay Look-A-Like Contest," "Reyna Iloca-Ilocana," and the "Lilia Cuntapay Short Horror Film Competition."

The look-a-like and short film contest paid homage to Lilia Cuntapay, Horror Queen of Philippine Cinema, who was an active "Ar-aria" participant until her death in August 2016.

"Maraming pasasalamat, kasiyahan, sa ating tunay na paglilinis, pagsusunog ng hindi kinakailangan, pagkakaisa at paghuhulma ng mas wagas, mas matibay at mas malakas para sa Halloween at sa susunod na taon," Governor Marcos ended.

by Edison Justin Deus

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