Today is the 112th Benguet Foundation Day: a day when we celebrate the formal establishment of our province and its civil government. The first “Benguet Day” was on the 23rd of November, 1900. Under Act No. 49, the civil government of Benguet was recognized, paving the way for this land-locked area to be a formal province of the Republic of the Philippines. A day earlier (22 November 2012), several towns of Benguet established their own civil governments under Act 48. These towns (at that time) are: Adaoay, Ambuklao, Ampusongan, Atok, Baguio, Balakbak, Bokod, Buguias, Daklan, Galiano, Itogon, Kabayan, Kapangan, Kibungan, La Trinidad, Loo, Palina, Sablan, and Tublay.
The festivities for today started out with a civic parade starting from the Benguet Provincial Capitol going to the Benguet Sports Complex at Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet. Fortunately, I was able to witness the parade, wherein participants are representatives that hail from Benguet’s 13 municipalities (Atok, Bakun, Bokod, Buguias, Itogon, Kabayan, Kapangan, Kibungan, La Trinidad, Mankayan, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay), schools, local government units, non-government organizations, and online groups, among others.
Here are some photos I took — click on a photo to view it on a carousel:
The parade occurred from 8:00AM to about 10:30AM. I wasn’t able to witness the other activities for the day however, from the calendar of activities, a cañao took place. A cañao is, basically, an Igorot ceremony conducted for various reasons, such as thanksgivings, weddings, births, and deaths. Trademark practices of a cañao include: cultural dances and music, ceremonial offertories and butchering of select farm animals, and local drinks.
Other activities today included a tribute to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) through “I-Benguet ay nan abroad”, battle of the bands, and a fireworks display.
I also took video clips, which I’m editing now. It’ll be up tomorrow. 😀
Happy Benguet Day to my fellow Igorots! 😀 Ooo-whaay! ADIVAY!! Whoo!! Whoo!!