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San Juan City and the province of Ilocos Norte are set to ink a sisterhood agreement by 2023 as the two local government units (LGUs) continue to strengthen their relationship not just in governance but also in history, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc visited San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and discussed the upcoming sisterhood agreement and their families’ rich history. Manotoc is the son of Senator Imee Marcos who was also Zamora’s godmother in his wedding and baptism.

The Marcoses’ ancestral home is also located in Barangay Maytunas, making the city very close to their hearts.

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The house will be also be a part of San Juan’s historical trail together with the El Deposito museum and other historical landmarks.

“By next year, ang San Juan City po, pati ang provincial government ng Ilocos Norte, ay magkakaroon ng isang sister LGU agreement at excited na po kami dyan dahil unang una, ang lalawigan ng Ilocos Norte ay ating kaibigan at kapamilya kaya’t marapat lamang na tayo ay magkaroon ng isang kasunduan upang tayo ay magtulungan at matuto sa isat isa (By next year, San Juan City and the province of Ilocos Norte will have a sister LGU agreement that we are really looking forward to because first of all, the province of Ilocos Norte is our friend and family that’s why it is just appropriate to have an agreement enabling the two LGUs to cooperate and learn from each other),” Zamora said.

“We learn from the best practices of the province of Ilocos Norte and hopefully, we can also share some of our learnings here in San Juan,” he added.

The mayor announced that the province will participate in the city’s Christmas bazaar that will open on Dec. 2.

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“Sa mga darating na linggo eh magkakaroon po tayo ng mga caravan kung saan ang mga produkto ng Ilocos Norte ay dadalhin dito sa San Juan upang ating matangkilik to (In the coming weeks, we are going to have a caravan wherein the products of Ilocos Norte will be brought here in San Juan for us to support),” Zamora explained.

Local delicacies from Ilocos Norte such as bagnet, longganisa, garlic, as well as other produce like fruits and vegetables will be sold in San Juan during the caravan.

“We look forward to sharing ang mga Ilocos produce especially yung mga binanggit ni Mayor Francis, ang mga longganisa and bagnet na may kasama pang empanada and cornick and of course, all our Ilocano favorites (We look forward to sharing our Ilocos produce especially those stated by Mayor Francis such as longganisa and bagnet, as well as empanada, cornick, and of course, all our Ilocano favorites),” Manotoc said.

He also urged the public to visit the province to see and experience its breathtaking sceneries and sites like the Suba Sand Dunes, Saud White Beach, its famous windmills, Patapat Viaduct, and Salt Sauna Apayao.

 

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