The 4th staging of Abaca festival will highlight the importance of abacaleros in the industry of abaca in the province with its theme, “Tibay nin Abaca, Kusog nin Pamilya, Orgullo kan Isla.”
“We will focus on abaca farmers’ family. These abaca farmers who have risen from poverty and their successful stories all over the province – how victorious they are after all the trials. That is the main theme of our festival,” said Hon. Vincent V. Villaluna, incumbent Provincial Board Member and this year’s festival chairman, during the meeting held on April 11, 2019 at the Governor’s Office – Conference Room.
Said meeting was attended in by Provincial Tourism Promotion Officer Ms. Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia, Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) Tourism Officers, heads of provincial agencies, and media personnel.
The festival proper will start on May 27, 2019 through a thanksgiving mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral to be followed by the Trade and Tourism Fair at Capitol Grounds.
The float parade competition dubbed as “Karosa in Abaca” is the opening salvo of the five-day event and will start at 3:00 pm at Sto. Domingo Bridge to Capitol Grounds. Floats from different local government units, private sectors and national agencies are expected to join the parade. The event will be followed by the opening ceremonies at the Capitol Grounds.
The float competition is open to all local government units, schools, national agencies, non-government organizations, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and other interested business entities, offices or organizations. Clustering of offices/ agencies/ organizations or business entities is also encouraged.
Meanwhile, the second day of the festival will focus on the abacaleros in the island through the Abaca Summit proposed by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) to be held at the Catanduanes Convention Center. This will be participated in by at least 150 abaca farmers.
Topics about the abaca industry in the local and international landscapes and the proposed Provincial Ordinance on quality abaca fiber sustainability will be discussed by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority.
“We also solicited from Department of Agriculture 300 bags of organic fertilizers to be given to abaca farmers who will be attending the summit,” said Nelia T. Teves, officer in charge of the OPAg.
Token will also be given to outstanding abaca farmers during the event.
Moreover, special recruitment activity and job fair will be conducted at the Capitol Grounds at 8:00 am.
On May 29, street dancing competition will be held from Capitol Grounds to Plaza Rizal. The competition is open to local government units, schools, national agencies, non-government organizations, government-owned or -controlled corporations, business entities, and any interested group of individuals based in Catanduanes.
The Abaca Festival street dance competition and showdown will showcase the unique process of abaca production from harvesting (topping and tumbling), tuxying, stripping, drying and finally processing. Dancing and merrymaking with the unique beats of drums and other indigenous musical instruments shall make the festival a one of its kind in the entire Philippines.
The champion in the showdown will receive P200,000.00, 1st runner up – 150,000.00, and 2nd runner up will receive 100,000.00. Consolation prizes of 20,000.00 will also be given.
Meanwhile, special awards for Best in Moving Choreography and Best in Costume will be given 10,000.00.
On May 30, Abaca Festival Skills Competition dubbed “Table Setting and Cooking Challenge” will be conducted at Catanduanes Convention Center. The event will be participated in by abaca farmers or their immediate family.
The main dish for the said event will be “karakol” which is abundant in abaca plantations in the island.
The last day of Abaca Festival will start through trekking and camping (Tramping 2) at Mount Lantad, Guinobatan, Bato which will start at 6:00 am.
At 8:00 am, orientation on local cultural development planning under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2020 will be held at Rhaj Inn.
To cap the event, Santacruzan and Fellowship Night will be held at Capitol Grounds at 4:00 in the afternoon.
Trade and tourism fair will be held at the Capitol Grounds from May 27 to May 31, 2019.
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