WITH the active and smart leadership of Governor Imee Marcos Ilocos Norte’s tourism is booming with of course the dedication of the government officials.

The Ilocos Norte Provincial Tourism Office (INPTO) said since the launch of the province’s tourism brand Paoay Kumakaway (Paoay beckons) in 2011, tourist arrival rate has been steadily increasing from average 0f 200,000 annual tourist arrivals to more than 600,000.

The tourism increase required the provincial government to develop and improve tourist spots and establish tourist centers in key tourist spots in the province.

One of the must-see destinations in the province is the Kapurpurawan Rocks. It is located in the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. You will take about 3km away from the highway and 5-10 minutes trek/walk from the drop off area. There is also horseback riding available in the area that will take you to the rock formations. The horseback riding charge about P100.

In Ilocano, “Kapurpurawan” or "puraw" means white. Most of the rocks formations are shaded by sparkling white in color. This beautiful tourist spot was created by forces of wind, water and waves from the ocean. In Science, it is a sedimentary rock formed by sedimentation, where the deposition of particles carried by fluid flow, created rocks on diff. shapes and formations.

We are blessed for this amazing work of nature. Looking those rock formations and the big oceans took away all stress. It’s always feels good and relaxing to be in this place. The breath-taking scenery of the ocean adds beauty of the place.

There is an area that was already closed on Kapurpurawan Rocks because there were some tourists doing vandalism on the rock formations. That’s the reason why the tourism officers decided to restrict people from going on that area. It’s a must that tourists should be responsible in preserving this one of kind gift from heavens above.

This is just one of the many tourist spots that you can see if you decide to visit Ilocos Norte. There will be no regrets at all. So if you are planning to have a vacation put on your Ilocos Norte. (Mack Nel Fernandez)