Arggh. We almost missed blogging about this. Bad, bad us. We actually planned to blog about the Lang-ay Festival which ends tomorrow with a street dancing parade in Bontoc but we’ve been busy hehe. Anyways, its better late than never.
Mountain Province celebrates the Lang-Ay Festival
Mountain Province is staging the fourth “Lang-Ay Festival” in celebration of Mountain Province Day on April 7. The weeklong festival starts on April 1 and culminates on April 7.
The “Lang-Ay Festival” was the biggest crowd-drawer event in the province when it was launched in 2004 to promote the wine production business in the province. With the success of the first “Lang-Ay Festival,” it was made part of the annual cultural activities of Mountain Province Day.
“Lang-ay” characterizes the Mountain Province’s cultural practice of generosity and sharing of food and wine on important occasions. It aims to create unity among families and promote fellowship among community members and respect for visitors.
With the theme “Living Tradition: We Care and Share,” the weeklong celebration kicks off with an agro-industrial fair where participants vie for the best local products and the best booth. Ethnic tribes such as the Balangao, Baliwon, Aplai, Kankana-ey, and Bontoc will compete in the tribal sports known as “Gimata.” The participants will be in their ethnic costumes while they race and pound rice.
There will be a marathon run for the elderly tagged as “Lomban di amam-a ya inin-a.” There will be other indigenous games, sports, exhibits, Day-eng contest, cultural fashion show, cultural dance celebration, and street dancing parade.
Other highlights of the weeklong “Lang-Ay Festival” include a search for Ms. Mountain Province, medical and dental mission, skills fair, farmers forum/congress/lectures, job fair and Serbisyo Caravan, Lang-ay theme song competition, theater presentation, oratorical contest for the youth on the theme “Gawis ay Mountain Province,” choral festival, community get-together, indigenous worship and concert, mountain trekking, and coffee sipping experience.
We congratulate the people of Mountain Province led by Governor Maximo B. Dalog on the occasion of Mountain Province Day and the celebration of “Lang-Ay Festival” and wish them success in all their endeavors.