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Bontoc June 12 parade depicts Igorots and their role in national independence

by Juliet B. Saley

Bontoc, Mt. Province (29 May) -- The province will be celebrating the 112th Philippine Independence day on June 12 here with the Department of Education as the lead agency.

The theme of this year's Independence Day celebration is "Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng Bayan."

The celebration will start with wreath laying ceremonies in front the Rizal Monument then followed by a parade with floats,presentations,dioramas.

During the parade, the participants are divided into groups to depict the Igorots and their role in National Independence using the indigenous costumes of the five tribes of Mt. Province namely the Baliwon, Balangao, Bontok, Kankanaey and the Applai.

The Igorots during the Pre-Spanish Period will be portrayed by the Mt. Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) using the Kankanaey costume; the Bontoc Local Government Unit will portray the Igorots during the World War II using the Applai costume.

The Igorot's Defense of the Chico River shall be portrayed by the first group of national government agencies using the Baliwon costume; the Provincial Government of Mt. Province shall depict the Igorots as Filipinos: Fight for Identity using the Bontok costume. The birth of the Cordillera Administrative Region shall be depicted by the second group of NGAs using the Balangao costume; and the Department of Education Mt. Province shall depict the early Education of the Igorots using the Kankanaey costume.

After the parade is a short program at the Provincial Plaza.

In celebration of the Philippine Independence, the Provincial government here has also displayed Philippine Flags at the provincial plaza. (PIA-MP) [top]

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