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Adivay 2008 to promote veggie, mining and tourism industries

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (25 October) -- In celebration of the 108th Founding Anniversary of Benguet, Adivay 2008 was launched last week to showcase the province's agriculture and mining industries, tourism potentials, trade skills, and the preservation of culture.

Governor Nestor Fongwan said the activities of Adivay 2008 are intended to promote the province's major industries such as the vegetable and mining and its tourism potentials which triggers the economy.

As per Proclamation 1647, Fongwan announced that November 24, 2008, is a Special Non-Working Day in the province.

The main program will take place November 24. A parade from the Benguet State University to the Benguet Sports Center will kick off the activities followed by awards program. There will also by a Silent Drill by the Philippine Military Academy and culminating and awarding program of the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair and the inter-LGU Sports Competition including a medical mission.

The main activities of Adivay 2008 will be held at the Benguet Sports Center in Wangal.

With the theme, "Benguet on the GO towards challenges," Fongwan said Benguet is opening its doors to opportunities and challenges as he stressed the need to be globally competitive which is now the trend as the country is signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO) which promotes free trade.

Jumpstarting the Adivay activities is the Inter-LGU Sports Competition which commenced October 15 until November 14, while horseback riding will be on November 3 at the Benguet Cowboy's Corral in Wangal.

An Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held on November 14 followed by the launching of the National Book Week Celebration. Other activities will be a press conference for the Search for Miss Benguet and pre-pageant competitions and Mr. Benguet Bodybuilding competition which will all be held at the Provincial Capitol.

The rundown of activities as follows: The "Dongba Ni Kabajo" will be on November 15 and 16. Parade of Benguet Cowboys from Km 3 to Wangal will kick off the event followed by an opening program to be held at the Benguet Sports Center including the rest of the activities such as game and contests and bonfire and barn dancing in the evening for the two-day duration.

The Benguet Coffee Link which will run from November 17 - 22, 2008 under the auspices of the Benguet Provincial Tourism Council and the Department of Agriculture. Opening of Exhibits will be on November 17 at the Benguet Sports Center.

The Coffee Safari for children at the BSU Nature Park will run from November 17-20.

The weeklong agro-industrial trade fair from November 17-23, 2008 at the Benguet Sports Center will showcase an array of agricultural produce and processed products for sale. After the ribbon cutting of exhibit will be product launching of potato chips and camote sticks, judging of best booth presentation, judging of best new product, judging of landscapes, and organic vegetable salad competition.

On November 18 will be skills competitions such as baking of camote-based products, beauty care such as pedicure/manicure, and auto-electricity while there will also be demonstrations such as Barista incorporating Benguet's Coffee Arabica, bartending incorporating Benguet's local wine, and skilled facial and hair styling.

It will also be the First Benguet Coffee Congress to be held at the BSU-IHFSA while Benguet's Best among the 13 towns will be competitions on roasting, grinding, brewing and most liked brewed coffee.

The activity for November 19 is dubbed "Market Basket" featuring the proper selection of vegetable/meat/fruit preparation, cooking, presentation and eating. There will also be a free flowing Arabica Coffee for the public.

This is also coffee e-learning day at the ATI-BSU. Competitions on Benguet's Best continues on in identifying coffee varieties, coffee photography, literature on the history of the coffee industry in Benguet and a coffee trivia.

Animalandia Show will be on November 20 and 21 to feature on the first day fish deboning contest, forage identification contest, cooking contest, egg catching, pig live weight estimation contest, greasy pig catching, and exotic birds show. On the second day will be a dog fun show.

November 20 will be Coffee Taster's Day and Benguet's Best on drinking coffee, coffee presentation and customer service.

A mass wedding in several churches in La Trinidad and Tublay will be held on November 21. On the same day will be the presentation of Benguet Profile and its tourist destinations,theatrical cultural performance with special performance by the School of Living Traditions; Benguet Indigenous Peoples festival of rituals, songs and dances and a free concert will be held at the Benguet Sports Center.

Lined up for November 22 are cañao and cultural program and the Search for Miss Benguet pageant proper. There will also be video shows on coffee and global warming at the BSU Chrysanthemum Hall and flower arrangement competition and tapuey tasting contest at the BSC.

On November 23 will be product exhibition and demonstration by exhibitors. There will also be an amateur boxing and battle of the bands.

In giving attention to the concerns of the small scale mining industry, a Mining Congress for miners will be held on November 26 with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza as invited guest.

For those hunting for jobs, there will be a Job's Fair from November 17 to 24.

For sports enthusiasts, Muay Thai competitions will be on November 18 and 19.

Other activities include Evangelical Choir Competition on November 15 and Provincial Government Worker's Day on November 28 to be held both at the Provincial Capitol. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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