MOUNTAIN Province Tourism Officer Roger Sacyaten said the 2010 Lang-ay will produce more than a million bottles of wine and possibly attract more than 50,000 visitors this year.

Sacyaten is confident visitors will be plentiful, saying a steady rise in arrivals has been observed during the annual festival.

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The staging of the 6th Lang-ay Festival will also benefit wine producers in the area, which multiplied through the years.

Wine is the prime element of almost all occasions in Mountain Province; bringing brewers to organize into an association that is now called the Mountain Province Wine Processors Association and branded their product as “Lang-ay Fruit Wine.”

Wine brewing is a part of an Igorot woman’s life. Each household keeps about a jar of rice wine called “tapuy”. They later brewed wine from other fruits and herbs like bugnay, governor’s plum, roselle and duhat.

“We are sure we will produce more this year,” Sacyaten said.

The festival displays the best of the 10 municipalities of this highland province converging for a grand parade displaying culture in the form of dance, song and the arts.

In 2007 the festival drew in 49,000 visitors.

In the past, native attire, rituals and dances in 10 towns in the province were presented by Bauko, Besao, Sabanagan Tadian, Sagada, Barlig, Natonin and Parcelis, Bontoc and Sadanga municipalities.

Various rituals will be performed during the festival, as well as a community lunch along the Chico River.

The festival will open with the playing of the gongs and dancing the “begnas”, with community elders praying for a good harvest.

The festival will open with a “Tucab” or an invocation for the gods for a successful festival. (Maria Elena Catajan)