By: Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
CANDON CITY- Floats bedecked with flowers were the newest attraction to the Tobacco Festival in Candon City last Saturday.
At least 12 floral floats with various themes and sizes rolled along the city’s main streets for the two-hour parade.
The floats, made from flowers grown in Candon City and its nearby towns, represented the city’s 12 clustered barangays. They were sponsored by a shopping mall chain, banker’s association, a realty firm, home appliances dealer, schools, restaurants, government agencies, farmers’ cooperatives and the FNDCC construction firm.
The 2014 Tobacco festival highlighted the celebration of the 116th Anniversary of the historic “Cry of Candon” and the 13th Anniversary of Candon cityhood.
Some of the flower floats showcased the images of tobacco flowers and tobacco leaves in recognition of Ilocandia’s main cash crop. Candon, the biggest producer of Virginia tobacco, derived the name of its festival from its main product.
Each float was accompanied by the employees of the companies and the government agencies it represented during the parade presentation.
Mayor Ericson Singson said flowers grown all-over the city were gathered for the making of the float.
“Even during summer season, our residents grow various ornamental plants with colorful flowers to beautify our homes. We thought of holding the flower float parade to promote our tourism industry,” Mayor Singson said.
Some of the flowers prevalently used in the floats were bougainvilla, santan, roses and flowers of tobacco and corn crops.
City Councilor Rhoda Abrero, chairman of the committee on floral float parade and tobacco street dancing presentation, said the first flower float parade in Candon City is a thanksgiving for the vast development of the city since its cityhood 13 years ago.
“The launching of the first floral float parade in our city is in preparation for the more challenging roles of the city government and our people in Candon,” Abrero said. #