Vigan City celebrates World Heritage Solidarity Cultural Fest

VIGAN CITY – For this year’s celebration of World Heritage Solidarity Cultural Festival – this city’s celebration of the solidarity of World Heritage Sites enlisted by UNESCO, a Zarzuela Ilocana entitled Tres Patrimonio was staged on September 2 in Plaza Salcedo, while another zarzuela that showcases the life of Fr. Jose Burgos will be presented at his house on September 19.

Vigan City Juan Carlo S Medina last week, said that for this year, the celebration will be different because of the staging of the zarzuela in these historical sites.

He added that Plaza Salcedo will not only be known for the monument of the Spanish conquistador, Juan de Salcedo, or the famous dancing fountain, but also as the plaza where the Spanish soldiers garroted the Philippine’s only woman guerilla, Gabriela Silang who is from Santa town in this province.

He added that the life of Father Jose Burgos, will also be featured in a zarzuela which will be shown in his own house on September 19 because he is one of the three martyr priests called Gomburza (Gomez, Burgos, Zamora), and an outstanding son of the city.

Other new events this year will include the separate celebration of the solidarity days of the Chinese and Indian communities in the city, heritage walking tour, and international students day, Medina said.

The celebration formally started on September 1 at 8:00 AM with the opening of a food and trade fair at the Vigan Convention Center grounds.

On September 2 at 9:00 AM, the Paseo de Vigan Heritage Walking Tour kicked off at the city hall. Tres Patrimonio sarzuela Act 3, which centers on the story of Gabriela and Diego Silang, was shown at Plaza Salcedo in the evening.

On September 7: 8:00 am – an on the spot painting contest will be conducted at the city hall lobby, while Historia Oral will be held at the function hall of Vigan Culture and Trade Center (VCTC); 2PM – a cultural quiz bowl at the VCTC auditorium and at 7:30 PM – contests in sabayang pagbigkas (speech choir), daniw (poetry in Iloco) to be held at Vigan Convention Center (VCC).

September 8: 7:30 AM– solidarity mass and renewal of pledge to heritage conservation at Saint Paul Cathedral; 8:30 AM – solidarity breakfast at Plaza Burgos; 10 AM – story telling at VCC; 7:00PM – folkdance contest participated in by college students, teachers; vocal chorus competition, and fotografias y recuerdos at the Cathedral.

September 9: 9:00 AM – letras y figuras at VCC; 3:00 PM – Repazzo de Vigan and Solidarity parade; 7:30 PM – history of Vigan, the show; Zarzuela Ilocana; dallot (Ilocano Balagtasan); and contest in folkdance among high school and elementary students at VCC.

September 10: 7:30 AM – contests in music for instrumental solo, vocal solo, vocal duet, and kinnantaran ; awarding and cultural show at VCC.

September 17: 3:00PM – – Indian community solidarity day at the Indian Sikh temple in Barangay IV. September 18 to 19: Heritage Youth Congress 2017 at VCC.

September 19: 5:00 PM- Tres Patrimonio Zarzuela Act 3, the life of Padre Jose Burgos at the Burgos House or National Museum.

September 23: 8:00AM – Chinese community solidarity day at Sikatuna street in Barangay II.

September 24: 8:00AM – International Students Day (Tawid News,with report of Imelda R. Castro, PIA, Ilocos Sur)