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The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) unveiled a commemorative marker of the 100-year-old Ilocos Norte Capitol building to the public. The marker recognizes the Capitol’s historical significance to the lives of the Ilokanos in this northern gateway of Luzon. Builders completed the Ralph Harrington Doane-designed structure in 1925. Engr. Jose Paez, who became Public Works Director in 1919; and two more notable architects, Tomas Mapua and Antonio Toledo helped in the Capitol’s design. The new and present-day Capitol was also one of two new provincial buildings that would stand as monuments of architectural beauty and models for other provinces, according to a 1917 Report of the Governor General of the Philippine Islands to the Secretary of War. The other was the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol.

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