4th Abaca Fest to center on abacaleros’ family
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The 4th staging of Abaca festival this May 27-31, 2019 will highlight the importance of “abacaleros” in the industry of abaca in the province.

“These abaca families who rose up from poverty - their success story, kilang pinag-agihan, their challenges, and all of their trials - that is the main theme of our festival,” said Provincial Board Member Vince Villaluna, this year’s festival chairman.

The festival theme is “Tibay nin Abaca, Kusog nin Pamilya, Orgullo kan Isla” to recognize the efforts of abaca farmers in the province.

The event proper will start on May 27 through a thanksgiving mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and to be followed by the formal opening of the trade and tourism fair at Capitol grounds that will run until May 31.

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 and pass through the national highway to the Capitol grounds where the opening ceremonies will be held. Floats from different local government units, private sectors and national agencies are expected to join the parade.

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 encouraged.

On May 28, the event will focus on the “abacaleros” in the island through the Abaca Summit to be held at the Catanduanes Convention Center. Sessions about the current status of abaca farmers in the province and the local ordinance for “abacaleros” will be discussed in the said summit. Representatives from Philippine Fiber Industry and Development Authority and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist will dthe resource speakers.

Three hundred bags of organic fertilizers will also be given to 150 “abacaleros” who are expected to attend the event.

Meanwhile, a special recruitment activity by Manila On-Time EMI for jobs abroad will be conducted at the Capitol Grounds at 8:00 am.

On the next day, 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 organization, government-owned or -controlled corporations, business entities, and any interested group of individuals based in Catanduanes.

The Abaca Festival street dance competition and showdown shall 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 P150,000.00 and 2nd runner up P100,000.00. Consolation prizes of 20,000.00 will also be given, along with special awards for Best in Moving Choreography and Best in Costume worth P10,000.00.

On May 30, Abaca Festival Skills Competition will be conducted at Catanduanes Convention Center. The event will be participated by abaca farmers or their immediate family members. The main dish for the said event will be “karakol” abundant in abaca plantations in the island.

The last day of Abaca Festival will start through trekking and camping at Mount Lantad, Guinobatan, Bato, dubbed as Tramping 2 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 RHAJJ Inn.

To cap the event, the Santacruzan and Fellowship Night will be held at Capitol grounds at four in the afternoon.

The activities were finalized in a meeting held on April 11, 2019 at the Governor’s Office Conference Room and attended by festival chair PBM Villaluna, Provincial Tourism Promotion Officer Carmel Bonifacio-Garcia, municipal tourism officers, heads of provincial agencies and media personnel. (G. O. Information Unit)

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