Laoag Pamulinawen Street Pageantry and Revelry

SunshineLaoag Street Pageantry

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:)

Upside DownChristian Espiritu

– Laoag’s pride, ace choreographer Christian Espiritu, the force behind the Laoag City Gymnastics Group.

Laoag Street Pageantry 2La Paz Drummersof a featherWonderingPamulinawen Festival Street RevelryStreet ShowIlocanaGleamPamulinawen FestivalTouristsMaverick Gomez and Co.

On the right: all the way from Barcelona, Spain, nineteener Maverick Gomez, TFC Europe Star Search winner.

The Laoag Mayor's Wife

– The Laoag Mayor’s wife, the indefatigable Chevylle Fariñas.

Pamulinawen DancersBigao
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Pamulinawen Festival 2013 Parade of Faces

Lady Pamulinawen

Glamour is back at the recent floral parade of the Pamulinawen Festival. Smiles as bright as the sunshine… modern Filipiniana regalia… gay princesses and fairies… farm animals making merry… adorned miniature landmarks… a vibrant touch of Chinese red to mark the new Year of the Water Snake… just what Laoag needs in 2013!

BandBlowing AwayStripesFacesPamulinawen Festival 2013 Floral ParadeButterfly EffectJollibeeMiss Pamulinawen International 2012

Miss Laoag International 2012 Aiyana Camille “AJ” Mikiewicz

Hand PhoneCabeza Elementary School Floatli'l audienceWhose Feet?Li'l White BootsUnited Laoaguenos HawaiiPintadoBronzed BeautyBeauty in BlackModern Maria ClarasParasolsMiss Pamulinawen Festival 2013 beautyPretty in PinkMay payneta pa siyaFestive Maria ClaraCriminology InternsThe Java Hotel FloatJaynny and GlennLaoag Pamulinawen Festival 2013 Floral ParadeBarangay 27 FloatTagapulot

The tradition of tagapulot-making.

Hap Chan beauties

Gloss… pretty ladies in figure flattering cheongsams.

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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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