Feature: Ilocos Sur revives culture in Kannawidan Ylocos fest

VIGAN CITY, Feb. 5 (PIA) — Locals revived traditional practices that Ilocano elders passed on in the annual Kannawidan Ylocos festival from January 29 to February 3.

Now on its fourth year, the Kannawidan (local term for traditional practice) festival was also an occasion to strengthen the Ilocano culture, recognize Ilocos Sur’s sons and daughters who brought honor to their province, celebrate abundant harvest or just to celebrate the Ilocano spirit that continues to drive locals to boost their home province.

Various festivities were staged from trade, agriculture, aqua and livestock while a display of farm products opened the six-day festival.

To carve young talents in the field of arts, an array of talent competitions gathered the youth from choral, marching bands, traditional street dancing, traditional music ensemble , dance drama, traditional folk dancing , painting, design making and photo exhibits.

Tradition was also found in the culinary treats that residents prepared including delicacies that Ilocos Sur is known for.

Residents displayed products under the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) namely: onions, garlic products from pickled and dried garlic and garlic polvoron for Sinait town; bamboo products such as trays and baskets for Cabugao; buri palm leaves products such as mat, bags, baskets, fan, hats for San Juan; corn husk bags, flowers, curtains, slippers for Magsingal; local wine called ‘basi’ for San Ildefonso; sugar cane products namely vinegar, basi, balikutsa, muscovado and ‘dudul’ made of rice cake and raw sugar topped with coconut fat for Santa Maria; ‘nata de coco’ for San Esteban; blacksmith products, knives, bolos, scythes for Santa; vegetables for Santa Catalina and yellow ginger or turmeric for Gregorio del Pilar.

Sons and daughters were recognized for their talents in various competitions and awards namely the Gov. Titong Singson Awards for young achievers, best practices of schools awards, Father Jose Burgos Awards, the award given to illustrious sons and daughters of Ilocos Sur and Siglat Awards for all groups, barangays, towns, individuals in Ilocos Sur who served as role models.

To promote livelihood programs, the Provincial Nutrition Office provided skills-demo on food processing from January 31 to February 3.

The province is being dubbed as the new home for surfing particularly in Barangay Sabang in Cabugao tow, where international surfing competitions have taken place. (MCA/ICR – PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

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