Adivay Festival kicks off in Benguet-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Celebrations for the annual Adivay kicked off Monday morning at the provincial seat of power.
An ecumenical service opened the month long activity with province officials and guests in attendance. Prayers by various pastors were offered for the continued success of the province and the blessing of its people.
Governor Nestor Fongwan officially declared the opening of the 2013 Adivay celebration followed by cultural performances by local groups.
The province also hailed provincial and municipal employees in simple recognition rites.
“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.
This year’s theme, “Benguet: Rose of the Northern Mountains; A Haven for Investment and Tourism,” focuses on the untapped potentials of the province in trade and industry as well as tourism in a bid to attract more investments for the province.
The province is hoping agricultural tourism booms in the province, pushing for this hype as a driving force for the province.
Afternoon activities showcased the presentation of candidates for the 2013 Mr. and Ms. Benguet who were formally presented to the public.
On November 18-24, the agro industrial trade fair runs at the Wangal sports complex featuring 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 mining 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.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 05, 2013.