VIGAN CITY, Jan 21 (PIA) — Officials of this World Heritage City headed by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina had successfully launched the 12-day annual fiesta celebration featuring the 11th year anniversary of its cityhood and the “Longganisa Festival” slated from January 16 to 27 this year.
Medina said they started the yearly festivities with the local residents by attending a nine-day novena for the patron of Vigan, Saint Paul, from January 16 to 24.
“We formally started our continuous entertaining day and night activities of our yearly feast on Thursday, January 17 until January 27 which are held mostly in the city’s Plaza Burgos,” she said.
Highlighting the 2013 Vigan City Fiesta and Longganisa Festival are the following attractive and entertaining activities such as DZNS night (January 17); education day/night featuring education sector grand parade, oratorical and extemporaneous speech contest, quiz bowl and teachers and students got talent (January 18); SK day and night with grand parade and sayawitang kabataan (January 19); gay pride day and night featuring parade, alay gupit, coronation of Miss Gay Vigan City and search for Miss Gay 2013 (January 20); social services and NGO day with coronation of Vigan Infantile King and Queen (January 21); Vigan City day featuring the longganisa cookfest showdown, longganisa street dancing and longganisa showdown (January 22); GMA Kapuso Fiesta and Philippine acrobatic troupe (January 23); Metro Vigan dancesports club night, balik- Vigan night and Ronda Pilipinas 2013 arrival (January 24); city fiesta featuring grand parade (January 25); agriculture day featuring float parade (January 26); and AVQ production night (January 27).
January 22 is the day in celebrating the 11th foundation year of Vigan’s Cityhood wherein the Longganisa Festival street dancing will be taking center stage through a contest moving to the beat of ‘San Pablo, Kamang ti Ili’ as the festival music showing the devotion of the residents to Saint Paul, our patron, she said.
According to the lady mayor, this year’s fiesta celebration has a lot of entertainment activities to provide remarkable attractions to the expected thousands of local and foreign visitors that will join this city’s feast to watch the various artistic events particularly the Longganisa street-dancing festival.
She remarked that the annual Longganisa Festival in Vigan helped a lot in the promotion of their one–town-one–product (OTOP), which is the longganisa – a native sausage made from pork, in the local and world market.
“Our Longganisa Festival is also our strategy to promote our world-class and tangible tourism industry objects such as the existing well-preserved Spanish ancestral houses at the Heritage Village in the Mena Crisologo Street, which is dubbed as ‘living museum’; our delicious native food products; our attractive hand-woven clothing locally – known as inabel; our Vigan River Cruise; among others,” she said.
She assured the sustainability and development of several festivals being conducted in Vigan City is in support of the Philippine development plan that generates livelihood for the people while maximizing the various tourism industry potentials. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)