Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Here's The Schedule Of Events For Kalinga's 1st Bodong Festival This Coming February

It's all systems go for the very first staging of the Bodong Festival in Kalinga this coming February. For those not in the loop, the Bodong Festival is a revamped version of the Ullalim Festival which the province has been celebrating during the last twenty-one years. The festival is part of the province's celebration of its foundation anniversary which falls on the 14th of February. 

The province decided to change the name of the festival because "bodong" is a practice that has "social, cultural, economic, political, and even religious significance" while "ullalim" is a chant that doesn't represent all the tribes in the region. The name-change was facilitated by a provincial ordinance authored by Eduardo Sarol and Frederick Pangsiw. Sarol and Pangsiw are members of the provincial board. They originally sought to change Ullalim Festival to Bodong Mankapyaan Festival but the shorter version (Bodong Festival) prevailed.

Photo by Daniel Feliciano / The Cordilleran Sun
The month-long festivities will commence on February 11 with a bike fest. The highlights of the festival will be held from February 12 to 14. The activities include drum and lyre competitions, a beauty pageant, a street dance parade, and a grand civic parade. This year's celebrations carry the theme "Foundation for Lasting Peace and Progress." Check out below the calendar of events for the festival:

February 6 to 14
Industrial Trade Fair
Along national road in front of Saint Tonis College
February 11
Bike festival
Route is yet to be announced
February 12 to 14
Capitol Grounds, Bulanao, Tabuk City
February 12, 8 am
Thanksgiving mass
Capitol Canopy, Bulanao, Tabuk City
February 12, 10 am
Elementary schools drum and lyre
Capitol Grounds
February 12, 1 to 5 pm
Family games and Globe Telecommunications-sponsored talent showdown
Capitol Park
February 12, 6 pm onwards
Search for Miss Kalinga 2017
Kalinga Sports Center, Tabuk City
February 13 to 14
Job Fair
Capitol Grounds
February 13, 7 am
Street dance parade
Rotary marker-Kalinga sports center
February 13, 9 to 10:30 am
Street dance field demo
Kalinga sports center
February 13, 10:30 am to 3 pm
Lonok, inum, and cultural performance
Kalinga sports center
February 13, 4 pm onwards
RDC Advisory Committee Meeting
Governor’s Hall, 3rd Floor, Enterprise Building, Capitol Hills, Tabuk City
February 13, 6 pm onwards
Laga cultural show
Kalinga sports center
February 14, 7 am
Grand civic parade
Rotary marker-Kalinga sports center
February 14, 10 am onwards
Anniversary program
Kalinga sports center
February 14, 1 to 5 pm
Secondary schools drum and lyre
Kalinga sports complex, athletic oval
February 14, 6 pm onwards
Valentine’s concert and fireworks display
Capitol park
February 1 to 28
Amusement, carnaval
Capitol grounds
February 6 to 14
Night Market
Trade fair site and capitol market bazaar
February 12 to 16, 6 pm onwards
Sponsored concert
Capitol Park