The Ferdinand Marcos Stadium shone brighter than moonbeams for all the town festivals in Ilocos Norte in one night, one show, one competition. Supporters and contingents from the participating towns filled the bleachers with ease. Those who aspired to be within spitting distance from the stage queued up for one thousand-peso tickets. A cheap price to pay for proceeds go to the construction of the new space of the displaced local Red Cross chapter.
I went to root for my hometown city of Laoag. Out of 10 audience members I surveyed, 9 predicted Laoag for the top spot.
And indeed Laoag won for a stellar performance. So rousing that at some point, a tear rolled down and my hair stood out. My next other favorite presentation from Batac reminded me of my lola Iniang and the good old days. The snappy dance depiction of the evolution of its famous empanada, complete with seamless music, was totally clever. Siwawer Vintar was very creative as usual. Pinili highlighted its stable economy from white gold bawang and dollar remittances. Banna’s red ant colony was bubbly. Nueva Era was a revelation in its rendition of its indigenous culture. The costumes were beautiful. All together, last night’s Tan-ok ni Ilocano was a clear-cut definition of who we are as a people, as a province. So rich in culture, so rich in history, so rich in natural resources.
A personal wish — a true One Ilocos Norte to take these strengths to a new higher level.
Governor Imee Marcos of the province of Ilocos Norte.
Official Results of the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals 2013:
Grand Champion: Laoag City
1st: Nueva Era
2nd: Batac City
Best festival music: Batac
Best performer (male and female performers: Batac and Laoag
Peoples Choice: Pinili
My special thanks to friends Me-Ann Macaraeg, Ace and Kit, Alaric Yanos and Gemma, Edna, Ronan and Stella for the Tan-ok results.
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