ARDCI karosa, a standout in Grand Abaca Float Parade
posted 12-Jun-2019  ·  
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Photo By PIA Catanduanes
CHAMPION FLOAT. ARDCI Microfinance, Inc.

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

ARDCI’s winning designed float, made of 90% abaca, featured coconut rings that symbolize the strength in unity and the team’s sustainability. The float’s storyline depicted 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 was chosen 2nd runner up.

ARDCI’s winner earned the microfinance team the P50,000 champion’s prize, while Deped got P40,000, with FICELCO receiving P30,000. Consolation prizes worth P20,000.00 were given to non-winners.

The 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 the other Monday/

Dubbed as the “Karosa nin Abaca,” the floats formed 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.

Department of Tourism (DOT) regional director Benjamin Santiago, 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 was actress and painter Elizabeth Oropesa, who served as the Bicol Tourism Ambassadress in this event, along with Acting Gov. Shirley Abundo, Provincial Board Members Vincent Villaluna, Giovanni Balmadrid and 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.”

SECOND RUNNER-UP. First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc.
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FIRST RUNNER-UP. Department of Education Division of Catanduanes
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