Heritage Town: Sarrat, Ilocos Norte
The town of Sarrat in Ilocos Norte is more known to be the birthplace of President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. The tenth president of the Philippine republic, he was born in Sarrat to Representative Mariano Marcos and Doña Josefa Edralin on September 11, 1917.
Built in front of the Old Presidencia is the Rit-ritemon Kayong Uprising Monument. It commemorates the heroic resistance and valiant assault led by Don Jose Jamias Ver on the American garrison in Laoag. It is now â€œserves as a living testimony of the freedom-loving spirit of the Sarrateños who demonstrated nationalism, love and liberty for their beloved country. Rit-ritemon means rip the fence apart.
So, whenever you are in Laoag City, try to visit the town of Sarrat. It is just seven kilometers away but it is worth the hassle as you will learn a lot of the province’s past.