Vigan is home to first world costume festival

VIGAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) — The first world costume festival was successfully launched during the opening day of the week-long Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts last Saturday.

Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina said the costume festival was an occasion to promote local and international fabrics which have become fashionable clothes and accessories.

“The festival is also a time to promote our indigenous loom weaving industry,” she said.

She said the clothing designs presented during the festival were also used for live performances, theater and festival events in the country and abroad.

Festival project director Rolando de Leon said Vigan City was chosen to host the country’s first international costume festival because of its rich heritage and culture.

“Vigan is well-known as a world heritage city. It is an appropriate venue for the event,” he said.

De Leon said organizers are now planning to hold the festival every two years in Vigan City.

Aside from the exhibit, the WCF will have lectures, conferences, workshops and master classes on costume-making with international experts in designing as speakers.

The WCF also demonstrated indigenous weaving traditions such as batik, abel and piña from other regions.

Other highlights of the costume festival were the contest for Outstanding Design Costume wherein the winner will receive a Golden Kneeling Carabao trophy – the highest award of the festival; and the body-painting competition—whose winner have a chance to represent the Philippines in the World Body Painting Showdown in Austria in July.

De Leon, who was the country’s curator to the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, said the festival will coincide with the annual international meeting of the Organization of International Scenographers Theater Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) Costume Design Group with at least 20 countries as members.

“OISTAT is a worldwide organization of professionals and educators from seven continents who practice the discipline of designing for performance,” he said.

He said the WCF is in preparation for the OISTAT’s upcoming World Stage Design festival in Cardiff, Wales in September.

The successful lauching of the WCF in Vigan was a joint effort of the city government of Vigan headed by Mayor Medina; Joy Rago, the executive director of the Sinag Art Foundation; Project Director Rolando de Leon; and the GMA Kapuso network.

Furthermore, Mayor Medina told that this year’s Viva Vigan festival was slated from April 27, 2013 to May 4, 2013.

Aside from the WCF, the other significant highlights of this year’s Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts are the following: April 27 – unveiling of murals done by the Angono artists and grupo ti biag, WCF lecture series and workshop series; April 28 – WCF grand street parade presentation at Paseo de Calle Crisologo; world body painting parade; kalesa parade and gayyem parade; April 29 – WCF workshop’s output presentation and concierto de Calle Crisologo; April 30 – Boklan art competition, glass mosaic competition and carabao painting competition; May 1 – Opening of CHEER Zone (Children’s ecology and energy recreational zone), WCF Photography contest, traditional games, bancathon and fishing contest, GMA Kapuso Day; May 2 – Binatbatan street dancing competition and Binatbatan showdown; May 3 – holy mass in honor of Apo Lakay, ramada traditional games, abel house decor judging, santacruzan and ginebra night; May 4 – dog show and contest, free anti- rabbies vaccination for dog, and dance craze and concert for a cause. (MCA/FGL PIA- 1/Ilocos Sur)

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