Benguet all set for Adi­vay Fes­ti­val

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Sun*Star Re­porter Lau­ren Alimondo

ALL IS set for the month long cel­e­bra­tion of ‘Adi­vay’, a com­ing to­gether in the prov­ince of Benguet.

In­stead of rit­u­als which show­cases cel­e­bra­tion, tra­di­tional rit­u­als will take cen­ter stage to sym­pa­thise to those who pass on in the pre­vi­ous calami­ties in the prov­ince.

The fes­ti­val will kick off with a thanks­giv­ing dur­ing the foun­da­tion day set on No­vem­ber 23 with a pa­rade fol­lowed by the awards night.

A ‘pam­makan’ rit­ual where pigs will be butchered and of­fered to the gods, in­clud­ing rice wine, to bless the ca­su­al­ties of pre­vi­ous calami­ties which struck the prov­ince fol­lowed by a ‘daw-es’ and ‘pakde.’

More than 60 ac­tiv­i­ties are lined up for the cel­e­bra­tion of Adi­vay com­prised of the agri-fair high­light­ing dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and ser­vices that serve as liveli­hood from the 13 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­tur­ist Lolita Ben­tres as­sured the dis­play of prod­ucts will con­tinue de­spite the few prod­ucts as com­pared to the pre­vi­ous years. The fair also serves as meet­ing point of both prod­ucts and buy­ers to link the pro­duc­ers to po­ten­tial mar­kets.

Adi­vay Fes­ti­val was first staged in 2005. "Adi­vay" is an Ibaloi

term that means "com­ing to­gether". The cel­e­bra­tion is a gather­ing of Benguet's 13 towns in this pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, with fo­cus on the cul­ture and prod­ucts of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

This year’s cel­e­bra­tion car­ries the theme, "Benguet Cul­ture - Unity, In­dus­try, Pros­per­ity: Man­ag­ing Ad­ver­saries with Ex­cel­lence thru En­hanced Indige­nous Re­silience”. It will fea­ture the rich his­tory, tra­di­tions, arts, mu­sic, cul­ture, sports and trades and in­dus­tries of the prov­ince from No­vem­ber 5 to De­cem­ber 9 with a pro­posed bud­get of P6.9 mil­lion.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude the Small-Scale Min­ing and Land Con­gress, Mi­cro, Small and Medium En­ter­prises (MSME) Sum­mit, Agro-Tourism Fair, and En­vi­ron­men­tal Fo­rum.

A First Aid Safety Olympics will be held for el­e­men­tary and high school stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing the 14 school dis­tricts of the prov­ince. The ac­tiv­ity aims to en­hance the stu­dents’ ca­pa­bil­ity in giv­ing first aid as­sis­tance.

Se­na­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar and Se­na­tor JV Ejercito is be­ing eyed to be guest speaker dur­ing the foun­da­tion day.

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