Sunday, February 19, 2017

Benguet Cultural Village showcasing living traditions

Benguet is home to three major ethnic groups, the Kankanaey, Ibaloy and Kalanguya. The three groups have diverse cultural practices. To showcase these cultures, the province has created a cultural village to feature the 11 municipalities.

To those who are familiar with Adivay Festival, this is the trade fair area where the different municipalities showcase their town’s products. This area will now be a permanent cultural village where not only products are sold but ethnic heirlooms will be showcased.

The village was launched on February 18, 2017 and was included in the Panagbenga Flower Festival calendar of events as one of the major activities and destinations.

The village will be showcasing the different municipalities every weekend for 13 weeks that will culminate on May 19-21 this year.

Department of Tourism Marie Venus Q. Tan was the guest of honor during the launching of the Village. It was the director who steered the province to make the village permanent as part of the Department’s Rev-Bloom campaign.

She said the village is a showcase of living traditions. She urged the different municipalities to align budget for their assigned village huts and make the village a truly culture center. Several of the huts have already been furnished with cultural heirlooms.

The showcase of the 13 municipalities will start during the Panagbenga weekend with La Trinidad scheduled to run the village on February 24-26. On the 27th, there will be cultural shows and art exhibits.

The lead municipalities in the succeeding weeks are as follows: March 3-5, Tublay; March 10-12, Sablan; March 17-19, Kapangan; March 24-26, Itogon; March 31 – April 2, Bokod; April 7-9, Buguias; April 14-16, Kabayan; April 21-23, Mankayan; April 28-30, Tuba; May 5-7, Bakun; May 12-14, Kibungan; and May 19-21, Atok.


Unfortunately, this village only opens during special occasions like the Benguet Adivay Festival every November. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Baguio After dark

Looking for a new gimmick and experience Baguio after-dart on weekends this cold February? 

Keep yourself warm and dance the night away or just sit and enjoy the music at The Camp.

The Camp is the place-to-go-to after sunset and Elevate Productions has brought you several events this Panagbenga Month.

On February 17th, Friday, shake it away with DJ Garuda at the Ampersand.

Come up early on February 24, Friday, for a dance party with DJ Acer Ramos and DJ Marc Naval with McPao still at the Ampersand.

After watching the Street Parade, enjoy another dance party with DJ Dimass & DJ Marx Moterola with McPao. 

Or you can go upstairs and listen to Joyce Mallar and Co at the Hardin.

Another Friday, another night of dancing with DJ Migs Santillan on March 3 at the Ampersand.

On Saturday, lit the dance floor with Dj Knoxville and DJ Supmerman, still at the Ampersand.
Or you can choose the laugh exercise in a Comedy Cartel at the Hardin.

And of course, don’t forget the Elevate on March 4 at the Baguio Convention Center Grounds, the biggest dance party in Baguio with an expected record-breaking crowd. Be counted and be part of Baguio’s historic Dance Party. 

If you enjoyed the Bright Nights EDM Party last December 3, the Elevate Party this March 4 will blow you away. Tickets are available at The Camp.