BOUNTIFUL LASONA HARVEST. Bundles of lasona (shallots) on display during the previous Kannawidan Festival belie the declining production of this Ilocano product due to stiff competition from imported onions. Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano of the first district of Ilocos Sur announced the approval of P100 Million financial assistance by the Department of Agriculture to encourage farmers of bawang (garlic) and lasona in Ilocos Sur to increase their production of these local produce, thus bringing down their selling price in the market. (photo by Jasper Espejo)