BURNAY itti ILOCOS

Just like human creation, there are no two jars alike, and not all come out perfect.

These earthen jars, called burnay, are among the artifacts on display at the Museo Ilocos Norte of Gameng Museum, located beside the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol and which used to be an old tobacco factory during the Spanish Colonization Period.

Up to now, these jars, which are made in banga factories in the town of San Nicolas, are being used to hold rice grains, water, salt, vinegar, basi or sugarcane wine, bugguong or fish paste and anything else. They are also used as interior or landscape decoration. A fresh one is not that expensive. The older it gets, the more valuable it becomes.

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The Laoag Calesa

Presently, there are 184 remaining calesas in Laoag and each has a distinctive mark or appeal. A calesa ride is a novel idea on an unhurried day in Ilocos Norte’s capital. Touring the city’s most interesting places on a horse-drawn carriage evokes the olden days when life was less complex. They can seat up to 5 passengers and they have a unique rear entrance.

A calesa parade is one of the highlights of the Pamulinawen Festival that is celebrated anually on the second month of the year. Participating calesas are all spiffed up and the cocheros (calesa drivers) are also dressed to the nines. A colorful display of the cochero’s creative expression is always a fascinating and fun way to experience the up-beat culture of the Ilocanos.

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