BANGUED, Abra, (PIA) — The 97th Founding Anniversary of the province was most entertaining and enjoyable with native-inspired events to delight all Abrenians and visitors alike in the Abrenian Kawayan Festival 2014 from March 6 to 9.
The festival’s opening salvo was held last March 6 with the Culture and Farmers’ Day featuring a farmers’ parade of their livestock and produce and a trade fair displaying the goods and products of the province from the different municipalities.
The highlight of the day was the Pammadayaw, a showcase of Abrenian music, dances and traditions wherein Boliney National High School garnered first place for a prize of P60,000 for their portrayal of the Begnas, a thanksgiving celebration of the Tingguians after a good harvest.
Pupils from Tayum Central School who performed Pamulinawen bagged second place for P50,000; and students from the Divine Word College of Bangued landed first spot with their own version of Angngalo and Aran for P40,000 as cash prize.
Each school portrayed different spectacles depicting the cultures of Abrenians like the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology who performed Lapat, an environmental protection, conservation and management system of the Tingguians; the Abra High School with their Cascaron, a sugarcane-based industry; and the Tiempo National High School of Tubo with their Biag ni Lam-ang, the famous Ilocano epic.
Other participating schools were the Manabo National High School with their Tingguian Worship Tribe; and Cristina B. Gonzales Memorial National High School of Bucay with their Manang Biday.
Highlight of the Youth Day celebration on March 7 was the street dancing and ground demo competition which was won by Bangued with P125,000 prize. La Paz was second with P80,000 followed by Bucay with P60,000.The other six contingents got P40,000 each as consolation prizes..
It was remarkable for each contingent to have displayed such artistic combination of the Kawayan(bamboo) theme with that of their municipality’s own festival like the Bangued Dapil blended with that of Kawayan touch, the Ariba Samba of San Juan, the Mais Festival of Pidigan, and Danglas the Home of the Philippine Eagle, each depicting Kawayan as the OTOP of the province.
University of the Philippines Professor Pedro Abraham Jr. who served as one of the judges in the ground demo competition said that all delegates equally exhibited aesthetic excellence in terms of performing abstract spectacles and dance drama.
The grand parade on March 9 was streaming with various dance presentations of tribes from the north and south of Abra in colorful G-strings and piningitan, vibrant drum and lyre corps, bikers’ stunts exhibition and many more.
Provincial Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, Congresswoman Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos, and local chief executives as well as provincial and municipal and national line agency employees were in full force in the grand parade.
The main highlight of the day was the display of 15 bamboo-inspired floats in portray of culture and livelihood of each of the vying municipality such as Bangued, Boliney, Bucay, Dolores, Licuan-Baay, Pilar, Tubo, Luba, Malibcong, Cluster Manabo-Lacub-Peñarrubia (MALAPEÑA), Cluster La Paz-Danglas, Cluster Tayum-Lagangilang, Cluster Pidigan-Langiden-San Quintin (PILAQUIN), Cluster San Isidro-Villaviciosa.
The Best in Float was won by Bucay LGU with P50,000 cash prize followed by Bangued LGU with P40,000, and MALAPEÑA with P30,000 cash prize.
The festival culminated with the Balik-Abrenio Night where Abrenios from all over the globe came to celebrate ‘Naragragsak nga Abra,” this year’s celebration theme.(JDP/MTBB/Ginalyn Brioso – PIA CAR, Abra)
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