Bauang going all out for Baggak festival

BAUANG, La Union, April 25 (PIA) — Residents are going all out in paying tribute to their unique Baggak (morning star) festival which the town had been celebrating in the last 13 years.

The week-long festival, which will culminate on April 28, is focused on thanking the communities and the private sector for their collective efforts in making the town progressive.

The festival’s main theme, Panagyaman (Thankful), shows off the town’s arts and culture as a way of giving back to the communities for their support.

Joan Diaz, the town’s information officer, said festival had been symbolic to the town’s development.

Baggak, an Iluko term referring to the morning star, stands for the dawning of a new day for Bauang.

Diaz said the festival has become a link that provided the connection between locals and Bauang’s sons and daughters abroad.

The festival, which displays the town’s creativity and local talents, has also been drawing tourists every year helped the town achieve its first-class status in 2001.

This year’s festival features the town’s creative talents in an art fest that a non-government organization sponsored featuring artworks of high school students.

Another unique activity was the landscape and garden show that reflected the town’s concern for the environment.

The town has been pushing its advocacy for clean air by imposing the no smoking and no plastic policy.

Diaz said the festival was also an occasion to lay down the town’s community projects such as the Gawad Kalinga program in Barangay Acao, free health services and medical outreach programs.

Festivals are not complete without a gastronomic display of various cuisine from Western, Asian, Chinese and local favorites. Other activities include: Children’s Fun Show, Folkloriko entertainment, Fun Run, cultural presentations, and Miss Campus Teen Queen.

Diaz said the town will have a different celebration next year as festival organizers have decided to incorporate Baggak fest in Bauang’s foundation anniversary which is held every January. (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union)

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