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Monday, December 05, 2022

Tourism Message

The Municipality of Sinait is both rich in natural, cultural, and historical tourist spots that had been drawing visitors ever since. Some of the famous tourist spots are San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church (“APO LAKAY”) home of Santo Cristo Milagroso, Shrine of Apo Sto. Cristo Milagroso, Imelda’s Cove (Cabangtalan Beach), Floating Cottages at the Sea, Pikkang Falls and Mountainous Terrain, Libunao Protected Area Landscape and Cabullalaan Hills to name a few.  

 

Come visit us now and experience the beauty of Sinait in person.

San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church (“APO LAKAY”) home of Santo Cristo Milagroso

Established in 1574 and completed in 1598, considered as one of the oldest religious edificies in the orient and a pilgrimage site in the region, if not in the whole country. It was initially administered by the Augustinian Friars and given to the secular clergy in 1772 until it was handed back to the Augustinians in 1854.

This life-size crucifix of impressive countenance and of very dark brown color was found by fishermen of SINAIT at the shoreline of Logo in the year 1620. Sculptured on hard wood, it stands 18 feet high. The statue was then placed inside the church of Sinait and immediately became a spiritual attraction of the region, being a miraculous provider to the needy and a healer of the afflicted. A Spanish architectural structure which houses the life-size statue of “Apo Santo Cristo Milagroso” or “Apo Lakay”, a wooden Black Crucified Christ that also gave the identity of Sinait in the Christian World as the “Quiapo of the North”. The church had been chosen during the advent of Golden Jubilee Year, 3rd millennium, as pilgrimage church in Ilocos Sur by the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia and thousands of pilgrims and “Bisita Iglesia” flocked here to visit “Apo Lakay” for devotion and intercession especially on Fridays. This sanctuary has been blessed with an approval in Rome by Pope John Paul II as future Basilica Menor.

Shrine of Apo Sto. Cristo Milagroso

Townsfolk consider the shores of this small sitio in Barangay Dadalaquiten Norte a Sacred ground. Logo earned this recognition in the history of Sinait because this is where the statue of Santo Cristo Milagroso (APO LAKAY) was recovered in the early 1600s. The image is now enshrined at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church. A copy of this statue, however, is installed in a small chapel along the shores of Logo. In Logo, Dadalaquiten Norte, the site where the Black Christ was fished out in 1620, drifted to this shore and believed to have come from Nagasaki, Japan. A “Replica” of Apo Lakay is housed in this shrine. The shrine could be reached by all types of vehicles in all-weather road and a travel time of 25 minutes northwest ward from the town center.

Imelda’s Cove (Cabangtalan Beach)

Located at Brgy. Cabangtalan, boasts of fresh air and tranquility where visitors can spend quiet moments, commune with nature or take time out for soul searching before taking a swim in the blue waters. Visitors can enjoy the sugarfine sand and take pleasure in riding on a motorized banca on the sea or keep busy scouring the reefs for exquisite corals and seashells, or trap a basketful of bunog and dariway by using the crude local fishing gear batbateng. Imelda Cove  which is famous for its sugarfine white sand and corals. This is a beautiful place for wedding receptions and seminars. Balikbayans, visitors and domestic tourists visit the place especially during summertime where they can spend quite moments, commune with nature or take time out for soul searching before taking a swim in the blue waters. The place is also ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling and scouring reefs for exquisite corals and seashells. This is a very potential area for tourism development. This can be reached by any kind of vehicle by a 10-minute drive from the town proper and is assessed with a well paved and all weather roads.

Pikkang Falls and Mountainous Terrain

These potential eco-tourism sites are all known as Pikkang Falls located at Nagcullooban and Cabulalaan. The YnezKannoyan Falls is named after the epic love affair of YnezCannoyan& Lam-ang located at  Brgy. Quibit-quibit. The presence of natural forest and mountainous terrain of the area is suited for hiking, trekking and mountain climbing.

Libunao Protected Area Landscape

Sinait’s second growth forest covers 1,217 hectares. Including the 48 hectares watershed reserve and the 49 hectares DENR reforestation area, forest claims a total area of 1,265 hectares. This is a potential area for eco-tourism which is a harbor of wildlife species, hardwood trees, rare fruit trees and wild orchids to complete a true haven of flora and fauna.

Surrender site of General Manuel Tinio
(Filipino-American War)

Barangay Cabulalaan is a remote barrio near the mountain ranges of the Cordilleras. It is one of the eight upland barangays of the town of Sinait and a foremost landmark of Philippine history dating back to the Filipino-American War. Forces of General Manuel Tinio retreated to Cabulalaan after heavy fighting with the American Expeditionary Forces until he was cornered and forced to surrender to the foreign soldiers in November 1900.

Brigade Headquarters of
General Tinio (Filipino-American War)

The place holds the distinction as the last bastion of General Manuel Tinio’s brigade during the Filipino-American War. This brigade, with military jurisdiction covering the northern Luzon area was credited as one of the revolutionary forces that delayed the capture of General Emilio Aguinaldo when he escaped from Manila to Palanan, Isabela.

Burial Ground of Victims of Japanese Atrocities

Barangay Pacis is a mute witness to the atrocities and senseless killings of innocent citizens in the community having been the burial ground of executed Sinaitenians at the close of the Japanese occupation in 1945. Most of the Japanese troops turned to be ruthless and hostile while retreating to safer grounds, away from the pursuing liberation forces from Ilocos Norte. In a desperate attempt to make up for the inevitable defeat, the Japanese Kempetais mercilessly bayoneted people they encountered, including children. Victims were buried in a mass grave near the river bank of Barangay Pacis.

Garlic Festival

Garlic Festival is the name of the festival in celebration of the Joint Municipal and Religious Town Fiesta of Sinait in honor of the miraculous Black Nazarene Sto. Cristo Milagroso being held on the 1st to 4th of May every year.

Some of the activities during the festival include Alumni Homecoming, Agro-Industrial Trade Fair, Sports Tournament, Culture and Arts Competition and Search for Garlic Festival Queen.

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