VIGAN CITY – The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has lined up various activities that showcased the Ilocanos’ culture and traditions in the 10th Kannawidan Ylocos Festival that began on January 27 and ends on February 13 in celebration of its 199th Founding Anniversary as a province.
Ilocos Sur was formed after it was separated from Ilocos Norte through a Spanish royal decree on February 2, 1818.
Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson said the celebration kicked off with the opening of the three-day “Sun Soaked 2017” sports events on January 30 at the milky sands of Cabugao Beach Resort.
The festival formally opened with a Kannawidan ritual with various indigenous tribes of the province at Barangay Tamag, Vigan City, opening of exhibits of products, heritage, bonsai and art and a concelebrated Holy Mass at Saint Paul Cathedral and the procession of the patron saints of 34 towns and cities of the province participated in by government employees, officials, private groups and residents.
Various contests such as indigenous and folk dances, folk songs through choral rendition and rondalla, quiz bee on the history of the province, poetry writing, arts, and Delphic games are up for grabs during the selebration.
Other activities include the following:
January 31- Saniata pre-pageant and talent; bands in oncert and competition;
February 1 – search for the biggest agriculture products and livestock; dance competition;
February 2 – quiz bee, poetry writing, traditional games, search for Miss Saniata 2016;
February 3 – competition among chefs, longganisa eating contest, Siglat Eskwela Awards (awarding of outstanding schools and students), fashion show and comedy night;
February 4 – art com-petition, Siglat Awards (awarding of outstanding barangays, groups); dinner in Filipino costume at the National Museum Ilocos region complex; Father Jose Burgos Awards; zarzuela; bingo games;
February 5 – awarding of outstanding products by the Department of Trade and Industry, and art competition featuring the Ilocano culture; evening with Filipino artists;
February 6 – drag racing in Santa Catalina, derby at the Santa Square Arena in Santa town; Mr. Kannawidan or Body Building competition, barn dance party and awarding, concert by Parokya ni Edgar;
February 7 – fun run, street dancing in Vigan city; show-down;
February 13 – first Gov. Ryan Singson Motocross Cup at Bagani Campo in Candon City.
Governor Singson hopes that with this year’s festivities, more residents and visitors will commit themselves to par-ticipate on February 2, 2018 to celebrate the 200th year of the separation of the province of Ilocos Sur from Ilocos Norte. (From the report of Imelda Castro-Rivero/Tawid News Team)