I eat with a spoon and fork at the same time…

Luc Cagadoc, the Filipino-Canadian boy, who got reprimanded by school teachers in Canada, in 2006, can now eat again with his spoon and fork, just like most Filipinos, without fearing about what people of  other ethnic groups may say.

Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal has ordered two educators of Lalande School (Luc’s former school),  in Montreal’s Roxboro district, to pay $17,000 in damages to the Cagadoc family. It was Maria Gallardo-Cagadoc, the boy’s mother, who fought incessantly for the boys rights, and the Filipino culture of eating with a spoon and  fork at the same time. The family’s triumph is an example of social and environmental justice well served. In a multicultural society, racism has no place.

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The 14th Pamulinawen Festival Grand Parade

Every 10th day of February, Laoag celebrates the feast of its patron saint, St. William, The Hermit. I was supposed to cover the highlights of this year’s Pamulinawen Festival for my blog, but because I was hit by the flu virus, I had to satisfy my usual uzi (usyusera) self by watching the television coverage of the Pamulinawen Street Pageantry and the Miss Laoag City Pamulinawen International 2010 Pageant Night. I forced myself to get out of bed and  take photos of the  float entries in the grand parade, or the floral parade as what we, the Laoagueños, are used to calling it. I took shots from the rooftop of my humble abode — a better vantage point, I guess. But then some of the creatively made  floats were humongous that camera framing was still difficult.

Dulang Food Festival (an Ilocano food exhibit), Calesa Festival, Miss Laoag beauty contest, the grand parade, the dance parade and the fiesta mass are the high points  of the monthlong celebration. When I was a child, Mrs. Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as the Red Cross Ball, would conclude the Laoag City Fiesta. The highlights of the old fiesta were the floral parade and the coronation night of the Miss Laoag popularity contest. I don’t exactly remember how it evolved to be the Pamulinawen Festival of the present times. Through it all, the  Laoagueño culture has always been the star of the yearly tradition.

Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas' multitasker wife, Mrs. Chevylle V. Fariñas. She holds the positions of Laoag Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President, City Council Ex-officio Member and Laoag City Tourism and Social Concerns Council Chair

The Pamulinawen Festival Grand Parade Banner

A decorated calesa

miniature replica of the St. William Cathedral and Laoag Bell Tower


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Just like human creation, there are no two jars alike, and not all come out perfect.

These earthen jars, called burnay, are among the artifacts on display at the Museo Ilocos Norte of Gameng Museum, located beside the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol and which used to be an old tobacco factory during the Spanish Colonization Period.

Up to now, these jars, which are made in banga factories in the town of San Nicolas, are being used to hold rice grains, water, salt, vinegar, basi or sugarcane wine, bugguong or fish paste and anything else. They are also used as interior or landscape decoration. A fresh one is not that expensive. The older it gets, the more valuable it becomes.

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