Textures: Vigan’s Abel Iloko

After touring Villa Angela and Arce Mansion, we took a tricycle to the city’s loom weaving zone. Sadly, most members of Generation Z do not appreciate the beauty of weaving an abel fabric,  to say the least, but through the sustainable efforts of the private sector, the Ilocos Sur and Vigan governments and heritage conservation groups, we hope the dying tradition will be around much longer, if not forever.

An 86-year old loom weaver who started weaving 76 years ago.

In the olden days, the process of making cotton yarn for inabel was done by the agagabel (abel-maker) herself. Today, due to time and cost constraints, the abel-makers prefer cheaper commercial threads, but are not thick enough so that the agagabel has to bind 24 strands of the commercial thread, and then coil it into a ball in preparation for the actual weaving process.

Weaving on a loom.

Besides blankets, table runners, bathrobes, etc., Cristy’s Loom Weaving crafts colorful bags in different styles. Alexa fancied a sling bag and also got a tote for her nanny and a make-up bag our cook.

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Faces and Colors of the Ragrag-o Festival Dance Parade of Ilocos Norte 2010

The on-going 192nd foundation anniversary of the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines is celebrated with the Ragrag-o Festival. On February 4, 2010, a dance parade took center stage where all the festivals of the different municipalities of the province were showcased.

Ilocos Norte is a unique mix of several ethnic communities, but predominantly Ilocano.

The participants at the dance parade were school children and several grown-ups. Some showed signs of near exhaustion, but they still managed to entertain the big crowd of locals and tourists waiting on the main streets of Laoag City.

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The Carnival, Year After Year

The annual 2-week Pamulinawen Festival carnival in Laoag is the only thing that hasn’t changed over the years. It is still the same old vision on the same dusty spot close to the Padsan River… the same old rides… the same feeling it gives me — yes, I’m getting older… YEAR AFTER YEAR.

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