The Rizal Street, the main street of Laoag, was more blazing than ever, fitting droves of performers, revelers, devotees and onlookers.
The main entrance of the Laoag Supermarket was converted into a grandstand, accommodating the VIPs attending the Pamulinawen Festival 2013 Street Pageantry. I had a little unpleasant experience at the foot of the stage — the blogger that I am, I wanted to get a closer view of the dances, but I was shooed away by a man in pink tee, perhaps a city hall employee, ‘coz only photogs/media with pink IDs were allowed at the area according to him, as if I’d be causing a major distraction, LOL, me no amalayer. I just went back again, and squatted (literally on the ground) beside the quietly seated Councilor Tamayo. It’s my city, too, hello?! In fairness, everyone else was nice and seemed to be having a good time under the scorching heat.
Happy to share my overexposed photos, I like the look though:)
– Laoag’s pride, ace choreographer Christian Espiritu, the force behind the Laoag City Gymnastics Group.
On the right: all the way from Barcelona, Spain, nineteener Maverick Gomez, TFC Europe Star Search winner.
– The Laoag Mayor’s wife, the indefatigable Chevylle Fariñas.
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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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