DOT Launches 1st Cordillera Festival Show – Manila Bulletin

The Department of Tourism (DOT) opened the first-ever festival show in Baguio City on Saturday, October 15, which is expected to give way to the revival of traditional tourist festivities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Dubbed the “Festival of Cordillera Festival Shows,” DOT-CAR kicked off the festival parade of the seven most famous Cordillera festivities – the Laga d’Abra Festival; the Apayao Say-am Festival; the Baguio Panagbenga Festival; Benguet Adivay Festival; Gotad Ad Ifugao from Ifugao; the Bodong Festival of Kalinga; and the Lang-ay Festival of Mt.

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“Let’s celebrate the resilience and unity of our region that got us through the pandemic!” It is also in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month,” DOT-CAR said in a statement.

The Laga d’Abra Festival is an annual celebration honoring Lubuagan women weavers. It is famous for a Laga fashion show celebrated every first week of March.

The Apayao Say-am Festival is celebrated every February 14, which marks the beginning of the founding anniversary of the province and the ‘Isnag’ or commonly called the biggest festival of Isneg featuring the way traditional thanksgiving to ‘Alawagan’, the invisible Supreme Superior of the Isneg Population.

The Adivay Festival of Benguet is an agritourism festival focusing on the rich history, culture, arts, crafts and industries of the Benguet people.

The Gotad ad Ifugao festival in Lagawe typically offers the sights and sounds of ethnic life in the mountainous province of Ifugao. It is celebrated every year in June.

The Bodong Festival of Kalinga, which was previously known as the “Festival of Ullalim”, is a month-long festival to revive the custom and tradition of peacemaking.

Honoring the Kalinga practice of Bodong, the festival highlights the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Kalinga after its separation from Apayao as an independent province under Republic Act No. 7878 signed into law by President Fidel V. Ramos on February 14, 1995. .

The mountain province’s Lang-ay festival is an Igorot word meaning a “brotherhood” where locals gather to celebrate and perform the “cañao” which involves the offering of locally brewed rice wine or tapey (tapoy) , and the slaughter of pigs, chickens, the harvest and prayers to their pagan gods.

It also signifies the traditional practice of generosity, sharing, respect and unity among the diverse tribes of Mountain Province, according to the DOT.

Meanwhile, Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival is considered the mother of all festivals in the Cordillera region.

The Panagbenga Festival or the “Flower Festival” is an annual month-long occasion in Baguio City.

The word “panagbenga” is a Kankanaey dialect meaning “blooming season”. The festival is held every February to compliment the city’s blooming flowers and as a way to remember the tragic earthquake that rocked the city in 1990.

DOT-CAR Regional Director Jovy Ganongan led the opening of the festival show with CAR National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NICP-CAR) attorney Atanacio Addog; Department of Trade and Industry-RCA (DTI-CAR) Dir. Juliet Lucas, Deputy Regional Director of OCI Samuel Gallardo; Department of Science and Technology-CAR (DOST-CAR) Dir. Ralph Pablo; Department of Interior and Local Government-RCA (DILG-CAR) Dir. Araceli San Jose; Governor Melchor Diclas de Benguet; and other local officials.

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