Ever wondered why, when you look at a map, the province of Apayao is shaped like a man’s head? Si Marcos daw ang may kagagawan niyan.
According to an activist Ilokano friend, the ex-President/dictator/thief wanted to be immortalized as someone who watched over his beloved Ilocos so he had the Kalinga-Apayao (these two used to be one province) boundaries redrawn to resemble his head. So now, we have a head-shaped Apayao looking towards the Ilocos provinces.
We’re not sure if our friend’s story is true but it is not impossible for Marcos to redraw a map just so he will be as immortal as the gods. After all, isn’t his body still preserved and displayed for curious onlookers? And didn’t he build that stupid a-la Mt. Rushmore bust of his in Tuba, Benguet so we will gaze upon his likeness forever and ever. [Thank God the NPAs blasted the darned thing.]
Anyway, as we were saying, we’re not sure if our friend’s story is true so take this information with a grain of salt. But maybe you have heard of a similar tale which supports our friend’s story?
P.S. We know of course that we can resolve the issue by simply comparing a pre-Marcos and a post-Marcos map but then we won’t have anything to blog about hehe.