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The abaca float of the Agricultural Rural Development Cooperative, Inc. (ARDCI) Microfinance Team was hailed champion in this year’s Karosa nin Abaca competition during the opening of the Abaca Festival 2019, May 27, 2019.

ARDCI’s winning designed float is made of 90% abaca and coconut rings that symbolize the strength in unity and the team’s sustainability. The storyline depicts the chain production in the abaca industry from the first process of abaca farming such as paghag-ot to paghabol that presents the vibrant economy and rich culture of the island.

On the other hand, Department of Education- Catanduanes clinched 1st runner up while FICELCO notched 2nd runner up.

The champion received 50,000.00, 1st runner up – 40,000.00, while 2nd runner up received 30,000.00. Consolation prizes worth 20,000.00 were given to non-winners.

Furthermore, floats were adjudged based on the following criteria: symbolism -25%, design and execution – 40%, creative use of abaca and its by products and other indigenous materials – 25% and visual appeal – 10%.

Eleven grandiosely decorated floats paraded from Sto. Domingo to Capitol Grounds to jumpstart the opening of the 4th Abaca Festival on Monday, March 27, 2019.

Abaca Festival 2019 OpeningIn Photo: Actress and Bicol Tourism Ambassadress Elizabeth Oropesa graces the opening ceremony of the Abaca Festival, along with the guest speaker,Dir. Benjamin F. Santiago of the Department of Tourism-Bicol.The two are flanked by Acting Gov. Shirley A. Abundo, PBM Vincent Villaluna,PBM Giovanni Balmadrid,PBM Lorenzo Templonuevo Jr.and Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia.

Dubbed as the “Karosa nin Abaca,” the floats form part of the festivities’ main competition participated in by different public and private agencies in the province.

The parade became a spectacle as walking contingents from different local government units, private sectors, national agencies, non-government organizations, government-owned and controlled corporations converged with the abaca floats and led straight to Capitol Grounds where the Opening Ceremonies was held.

Meanwhile, Mr. Benjamin F. Santiago, Regional Director of Department of Tourism Region V and this year’s guest of honor said that Catandunganons should take pride in promoting abaca products for the island to be known.

“Kaidtong panahon ang sabi ninda ang abaca industry gadan na ngaya pero nahiling ko su kadakulon na abaca plantation kaya sabi ko dai magagadan ang industriya kang abaca,” he added.

Dir. Santiago also encouraged the Catandunganons to market the island through the social media platforms showcasing the beauty of the island province.

Also present in the event is actress and painter Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa, who served as the Bicol Tourism Ambassadress in this event, along with Acting Gov. Shirley A. Abundo; Provincial Board Members Vincent V. Villaluna, Giovanni Balmadrid, Lorenzo Templonuevo, Jr.; and Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia.

This year’s Abaca Festival is anchored on the theme” Tibay nin Abaca,Kusog nin Pamilya, Orgullo kan Isla.”

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