It was a childhood dream. And Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano was very happy when his book ‘Ilocos Sur: An Illustrated History’ was lauched on May 27, 2009 at Ayala Museum, Makati City, Manila.
It was attended by prominent Ilocano like Deputy National Security Adviser Luis Chavit Singson, Deputy Speaker Eric Singson, Cong. Ronald Singson of 1st District of Ilocos Sur, Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Abra Governor Eustaquio Bersamin, Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado, NTA Administrator Carlitos Encarnacion, provincial officials, municipal officials and others.
The book has 15 chapters, and the cover design in light brown color with glossy color shown with some drawings that connotes that is an illustration book on history.
The chapters are:
Chapter 1: The Big Bang
Chapter 2: Original Inhabitants
Chapter 3: Ilocos At Point Of Contact With Spain
Chapter 4: The Heart of Northern Luzon
Chapter 5: Ciudad Fernandina
Chapter 6: A History of Resistance
Chapter 7: Ilocos Sur In the Wars Against Spain and US
Chapter 8: Under the Stars and Stripes
Chapter 9: Dark Cloud Over Ilocos Sur
Chapter 10: Raising the Progress of and Prosperity
Chapter 11: Living Treasures
Chapter 12: Culinary Heritage
Chapter 13: Significant Sites and Landmarks
Chapter 14: Famous Sons and Daughters
Chapter 15: Prominent Ilocos Surians
The book was in collaboration with Dr. Maria Luisa Camagay, the Director of the University of the Philippines Pres and a faculty member of the UP History of Department which she was the former chair.
Illustrated by Rene Aranda of Philippine Star and Bim Bacaltos of the UP College of Fine Arts.
Book designers and layout artists are Benjo Laygo and Nanie Gonzales
The editor of manuscript is Ester Dipasupil of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
‘Ilocos Sur: An Illustrated History’ tells the past of Ilocos Sur, tracing the geological origins, early relations with the Chinese and the Japanese, its Spanish past—from being an Spanish ciudad in the 16th century until it was separated from the Provincia de Ilocos to become Ilocos Sur in the 19th Century.