THE Province of Benguet is looking forward to more festive celebration of the 116th staging of Adivay Festival this November.
Provincial administrator Atty. Noel Ngolob said Benguet governor Cresencio Pacalso already created a Technical Working Group (TWG) for the annual celebration, which gathers participation from 13 different municipalities.
Ngolob who heads the TWG, said the executive committee composed of the governor, vice-governor, and board members, has advised to account all aspects of improvement for this year’s presentation.
“The TWG has already been formed according to the instructions of the governor. At present the task is to organize sub-committees which will ensure the efficiency of the activities and programs for the Adivay festivities,” Ngolob told Sun.Star Baguio.
Ngolob added the TWG has officially started to work out the details of the festival since September 1 based on the Adivay Festival ordinance.
Budget will be the primary concern of the TWG according to Ngolob and the same time will also work on the several activities of the festivity.
A budget and finance committee which is assigned to formulate data on the proposed budget will also be part of the TWG.
Ngolob said the allocations for this year’s celebration including sponsorship is expected to reach P2 million.
“There is no pronounced budget yet but probably it will still play within the same amount depending on the sponsorships that we can commit and the activities which will be lined up,” Ngolob quipped adding the working committee is also open for suggestions in formulating the theme for this year’s celebration.
On the other hand, the TWG has also raised the option of revisiting the Adivay ordinance to allot specific annual funding.
In addition, the working body has also taken into consideration the measures of shortening the month-long celebration to a dense program.
“We are still studying this. A month-long festivity is somehow too lengthy. If we can get the activities to fill out at least two or three weeks in schedule it will be better,” Ngolob said.
From a simple gathering of family members, "Adivay", an Ibaloi term meaning coming together, has become the bond that continues to forge unity and cooperation among the tribes of Benguet.
From a century of local gathering, the province has set it up in a larger scale so people can gather for a feast making connection to each other deeper and more meaningful.