By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
CANDON CITY – The parade of electric floats sizzled this year’s celebration of the historic “Feria De Candon” as it brought more attraction and entertainment to thousands of tourists, visitors, and residents in the city.
Feria De Candon is an annual celebration here which features the one-town-one-product (OTOP) brand of Ilocos Sur and “Parade of Lights”.
Started on Thursday, the feast was opened through the lighting of lanterns installed on trees along the main road of Candon City.
House Deputy Speaker Eric D. Singson said Sunday that this year’s float parade for the Feria De Candon is different from the previous years as it features the signature product or signage of the different nations that participated the first Feria De Candon in 1892.
On December 2, 1892, Candon City hosted the Primera Feria Exposicion de le Provincia de Ilocos Sur, which was attended by local and foreign dignitaries.
Thus, on Friday evening, each of the 22 towns in the second district of Ilocos Sur paraded their electric float that represented the nation that joined the first Feria De Candon in 1892. Some of these nations include Japan, China, Germany, Venezuela, United States, Russia, South Koria, Spain and other nations all over the world.
On the evening of December 3, 23 tricycles decorated electrically as flower- inspired float were exhibited along the main road of the city, which was mobbed by thousands of onlookers, both residents and tourists.
Mayor Ericson G. Singson said that the purpose featuring the electric float parades in the celebration of the annual Feria de Candon is purely a promotion of cultures, practices, beauty and products of the towns in the second district of Ilocos Sur and an enhancement of local tourism potentials for the international audience.
“I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the people of the second district of Ilocos Sur and our sponsors for making the successful celebration of this year’s Feria De Candon,” said Mayor Singson.
The other main events of the celebration were the opening the trade fair showcasing the OTOP of the province; the wreath laying at the foot of the monument of local hero, Don Isabelo Abaya, and at the foot of the Sakada monument; and the search for Seniorita De Feria of Candon, and the search for Aribai of Candon City.#