8 Korean lensmen shoot Ilocos Norte’s tourist spots

LAOAG CITY, July 10 — A group of Korean photographers visited Ilocos Norte earlier this month and took photos of tourist spots which would be featured on an online publication.

Commissioned by the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Korean visitors were composed of eight photographers and two representatives from the DOT-Korea.

They went around the province from July 4 to 6.

Milagros T. Gonzales, of the DOT Ilocos Norte said, the DOT’s tie up with Korean visitors was part of the department’s campaign to attract foreign nationals to explore Ilocos Norte. “We are glad to have been included in their (Koreans’) destination visit.

Ilocos Norte is one of eight anchored destinations around the country,” she said. The other destinations include, Banaue in Sagada, Clark in Pampanga, Bicol in Albay, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Subic in Zambales and Laoag and Vigan City in the Ilocos.

“They were fascinated with our beaches in Pagudpud. They took random photos out of the site and we hope that this will further boost our tourism,” Gonzales added.

The itinerary included stops at the famous Windmills in Bangui, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos town, Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag City, Paoay Church, Malacanang of the North, Lapaz Sand Dunes, and Pagudpud.

The photographers were part of the Korean Amateur Photographers Travels Safari which is behind an online site for high quality destination photographs. (Cherry Joy S. Discaya)