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"Dumba ni Kavajo/Aso Ko" fun show spice up Adivay, 106th Benguet anniversary

by S.C. Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (9 October) -- Animals which form part of human life have also their share of entertainment in the celebration of Adivay Festival and the 106th Benguet Founding Anniversary.

A horse back riding show or dubbed as Benguet Gymkhana 2006 and a dog show are lined up in an array of activities that make up thrilling sports events.

Highlighting the Benguet Gymkhana would be the "Dumba ni Kavajo" or horse race to be held from November 26 to 30 at the Stockfarm, Wangal, La Trinidad while the other related events will be held at the Benguet State University Strawberry View Park.

According to Los Caballeros President Arthur Shontogan, Dumba ni Kavajo was once a main activity during festivals in the municipalities and now on its second year as a province wide activity.

Aimed to promote cultural preservation and horse powered eco-tourism in the province, the festival is open to individuals and associations who own horses.

On November 26 would be the opening program at the BSU Strawberry View Park followed by a parade around the valley.

Dumba ni Kavajo would entail three laps. The first lap on November 27 would take the route of Stockfarm-Ampasit-Longlong-Communal Forest-Tam-awan-Longlong National Road-Ampasit-Stock farm. The second lap on November 28 will follow the course of Stockfarm- Little Wangal-Big Wangal-Bineng-Kesbeng-Capitol. The third lap on November 29 will be Km. 12 Shilan - Lamut-Ambiong Tiptop-Ambiong Central-Lubas-Balili-Km. 4-Km 6 -Strawberry Fields-Stockfarm.

Related events will be spread out during the five-day festival categorized as horse and non-horse events. Horse events include balloon bursting, pony express or bare back race, sack race, barrel racing, flag carrying, duck picking, javelin throw, and pole bending while the non-horse events will be wood chopping, horse shoe shooting, bull whipping, load carrying, tug of war, and arm wrestling.

To draw crowd, Shontogan said an hourly free horse backriding can be availed of by any interested individual.

Prizes are at stake for the winners in the various events. The deadline for registration is November 11, 2006 at the Provincial Tourism Office telephone number 422-1116 and Los Caballeros Office mobile number 09209545140.

Organizers to the activities include the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Tourism Council, Los Caballeros, BSU DevCom, Makniba, and OSCAR.

The dog show or "Aso Ko" Fun Show, on the other hand, is one-day activity to be held on November 30 at the BSU grounds.

Aimed to promote solidarity among dog owners and viewers, the show will have seven open categories or group of dogs to compete such as sporting dogs, non sporting dogs, hound dogs, working dogs, toy dogs, pit bull and terrier dogs and Asong Pinoy or native dogs.

The competition is classified into best female and male for each of the seven groups, best puppy also for the seven groups, talent show in all categories, most obedient and most friendly in all categories and a special event or an exhibition show.

Dr. Miriam Tiongan from the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian and member of the committee said dog owners are advised to register at least two days before the competition with a registration fee of P50.00 per entry.

Prizes are at stake for all the winners of the different categories. (PIA) [top]

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