Abra, on its 98th Foundation Day celebrated and paid homage to its most abundant and versatile product, the bamboo in a series of dances, colorful presentations of its rich Ilocano and Itneg (Tinguian) cultural identity as well as a several events during the 8th Abrenian Kawayan Festival held last 6-9 March 2015.
First introduced by current Governor Eustaquio Bersamin in 2009 to promote the bamboo as a top product of the province, the festival has been a venue of unity and celebration as well as a showcase of Abrenian identity. It’s a fun series of events held within four days culminating in the Foundation Day parade.
What I like most about this festival? The cultural presentations. Period. Primarily inhabited by Ilocanos and several sub tribes of the Itnegs (also called by the Spaniards as the Tinguiuans), it has a rich heritage and practices, crafts and dances as well as interesting weaves and traditional attire.
Being a Cebuano, the northern tribes are not so familiar to me and it’s always welcome to witness such rare displays of culture presented through dances based on the legends and myths of the tribe. Other than that, I finally learned that sakuting, a traditional dance with sticks originated in one of the towns, Dolores!
I first heard about this during my elementary years but didn’t know much about it. During the Pammadayaw, or cultural night, I finally witnessed this dance. It’s quite interesting with what they can do with the sticks, the rhythm and movements and hope to feature it soon in this blog.
One other event that should be mentioned is the Silnag Festival of Lights. It’s the first time to be held in the festival and it’s quite interesting based on the colorful, and bright floats interpreting the bamboo. Since its the first time, only a few municipalities joined but seeing the one from Bucay, Abra (photo below), next year should be interesting.
Thanx to Vice Governor Chari Bersamin for the invitation to witness this beautiful festival.
For more images of the festival, check Langyaw Media page by clicking on this LINK: