Feature: First "Kannawidan Ylocos" feast draws ancient Ilocano culture, products
By Freddie G. Lazaro
VIGAN CITY (6 February) -- Another significant historical event was achieved by the people of Ilocos Sur as the maiden "Kannawidan Ylocos" Festival was successfully held to showcase its long time hidden talents and its ancient and indigenous costumes, traditions, cultures and products.
The "Kannawidan Ylocos" Festival, which means feast of practices in Ilocos, was a weeklong celebration slated from January 27 to February 3, 2008 to commemorate the 190th anniversary of the separation of the province Ilocos Sur by virtue of the Royal Decree on February 2, 1818.
"We came up to realize this festival to make the identity of the province like the sinulog festival, the panagbenga festival in Baguio City and other parts of the country. Through this "Kannawidan Ylocos Festival, we are preserving and sustaining our old traditions, attractive products and practices to promote our tourisms industry that redound for the increase of the demand of our products, create more job opportunities and generate more income," Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano said.
"The "Kannawidan Ylocos" Festival of this year is just its launching; we are expecting more attractive and bigger events because this feast will be done annually in our province starting this year," he added.
During this year's weeklong festivity, thousands foreign tourists and residents from all the towns in province invaded the premises of the provincial capitol to watch the different attractive events of the feast.
Among the significant events that drew people's attraction were the following: the parade of the 22 miraculous images of patron saints in the province during the opening of the festival on January 27; the presentation of the "Tawid Ug-ugali Ilocano" (Ilocano Heritage Tradition) which includes the folk and cultural dances; and the indigenous "Tadek dances and rituals presented by the members of the Bago Tribes from the towns of Suyo, Del Pilar, Quirino, Lidlidda, Banayoyo, San Emilio and Burgos; and Candon City; Talent Competitions; Traditional Games; the Partuat ken Patanor (Agri-trade Fair) of all the products of the different towns in the province to include the contest of booth and best seller products; Raman ken Ramen (Food Festival); Band Concert; Concert for a cause; Zarzuela Ilocana, Bituen ti Ylocos; Saniata ti Ilocos Sur beauty pageant; and the "Pammadayaw ti Kapitolyo" or awarding of the Ilocos Sur achievers in 2007.
Other significant highlights of the feast were the horse racing during the first of the event; the presentation of the One Town One Product (OTOP) of the province with contests of "pinaka" (the best) to all products showcased and the conferment of the prestigious Father Jose Burgos Awards to all achievers, who brought honors of the province in 2007, during the culmination of the feast on February.
"All the events are very unique as we presented all the old practices, costumes and cultures particularly our constituents living in the upland towns," Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" Savellano said.
Leading the honorees of the Father Jose Burgos Awards were the three former Ilocos Sur governors as follows: Godofredo S. Reyes, Carmeling P. Crisologo and Luis Chavit Singson.
Meanwhile, the winners of the first "saniata ti Ilocos Sur 2008" pageant were Patricia Francisco won the title "Saniata ti Ilocos Sur 2008;" Diana Viray as "Saniata ti Ilocos Sur 2008- Environment; Robyn Mitchelle Tuttle as Saniata ti Ilocos Sur 2008 - Tourism; Roselle Ann Torres - First Runner Up; and Donatella Rivera - 2nd Runner Up. The holders of the three major titles of the pageant will represent the province in the prestigious national competitions such as Mutya ng Pilipinas; Binibining Pilipinas and the Bininibining Pilipinas Earth.
After the festivity, Savellano cited the positive economic impact of the maiden festival he initiated as the products presented during the trade fair gained its great demand.
"If we have various activities in the province, our economy will be rolling up because many people will be encourage to coming in to watch these activities and probably they will be attracted to our products we will shown to them, thus, the demand of our products will be raised, we sell our products, we generate income and we create jobs for our constituents," he explained.
"The festival is not only for the promotion of the tourism industry of the province but it is also design for our economic progress," he added. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]