Annual “Kinni-kinni” parade highlights women, men as dev’t partners

LAOAG CITY — The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Gender and Development (GAD) Office will conduct the annual “kinni-kinni” parade this year with the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women” on Friday, March 10.

“Kinni-kinni” is the Ilocano term for “kembot” or simply “walking with swaying hips,” often attributed as a feminine way of walking.

According to GAD Head Nelinda A. Erice, “change is what improves and develops our way of life, not only for the women populace but for both men and women.

“We all know that men and women are partners in any developmental aspect of our society,” she added, saying “the only permanent thing in life is change. Lahat naman tayo, iniisip ang progreso, ang pagbabago ng buhay natin mula sa average level to a much better life in the future, for the uplifting of our family life.”

She emphasized that whether man or woman, every member of society desires improvement and development which can be attained through working together.

Preceding the parade will be the National Buntis Day Celebration to be conducted by the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society at the Centennial Arena from 8 a.m. to 12nn.

Erice shared, “We will be having 70 doctors nationwide as trainers and lecturers on maternal health, simultaneous with free medical-dental checkups, Ob-Gyne consultations, and free breast examinations,” with 500 pregnant Ilocanas expected to attend in the province.

In preparation for the kinni-kinni, participants will be treated to free makeover at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium 1p.m., courtesy of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

At 4:30p.m., the parade will begin across Land Bank (Laoag City Branch), straight through J.P. Rizal Street and ending in front of the Provincial Capitol where the “Buntis Queens,” “Kinni-kinni Queens,” “Best Kinni-kinni Group,” and “Best Slogan” will be announced and awarded.

Participants will be clad in blue, reflecting that even colors should not be limited for either men or women.

Following the parade, which is the annual Women’s Month highlight in Ilocos Norte, a series of fora will be conducted on March 14-22, tackling violence against women and children; water conservation and consumer’s rights; and ecological solid waste management.

Erice shared that the latter two topics were included as a way to address the pressing issue of climate change through educating Ilocano mothers who would then be instrumental in sharing their knowledge with their families.