Adivay festival kicks off November 4-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Adivay celebrations in the province kicks off November 4, starting a month long of events.
Governor Nestor Fongwan bared the schedule of the annual festival gathering 13 municipalities of the province in celebration of a fruitful year.
In consonance with the Adivay, the province is also celebrating its 113th Foundation themed “Benguet: Rose of the Northern Mountains; A Haven for Investment and Tourism.”
On Monday, November 4, an ecumenical service starts the month long celebration followed by the presentation of candidates for the 2013 Mr. and Ms. Benguet and a Man-ookob hailing provincial and municipal employees.
Fongwan said the adivay is a chance for the province to highlight its booming investment and tourism industry.
“This is the time when we announce to everyone that we are open for investments in the province,” the governor stressed.
Fongwan said the province has investors in the mining, hydro and tourism industries which keep the area in the economic map of the country.
Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez is being eyed to be guest of honor and speaker for this year’s Adivay celebration.
The Department of Tourism has identified Eco and agri-tourism as a major strength in the province, tourism is an economic driver, planning, development as well as marketing is very crucial for success.
Month long activities of the province include photo and painting exhibits, a trade fair, mass weddings as well as health fairs.
On November 18-24, the agro industrial trade fair opens at the Wangal sports complex which will feature a tourism artscape competition pitting the 13 municipalities to decorate and landscape their areas featuring their top products.
A small scale mining congress follows on November 19 top tackle the industry of miming as well as safety standards for miners in the province.
The national vegetable congress also follows on November 21-23 gathering stake holders to talk about the AFTA and how vegetable producing areas can combat the entry of imported produce.
Another highlight of celebrations is the grand cañao slated on November 24 also at the Wangal Sports Center.
“Adivay” is an Ibaloi term translating into a coming together, annually, during the celebration, the province gathers all 13 municipalities to converge in an array of activities.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 26, 2013.