Benguet Adivay 2015 kicks-off on Friday

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET — The Province of Benguet prepares for a month-long festival with the launching of “Adivay” on November 6 at the Benguet Capitol grounds.

“Adivay”, an Ibaloi term for coming together, showcases the unique heritage, culture, tradition, tourism and local produce of the 13 municipalities of the province.

The festival will carry the theme, “Sustaining Benguet’s Gains.”

On November 4 and 5, a medical-dental mission at Dennis Molintas Municipal Hospital and a Buntis Congress will be conducted in Bokod, Benguet.

A mass will be celebrated on November 6, to open the festivities followed by the selection of the Mr and Miss Benguet 2015 Darling of the Press.

“Man-ookob” (lunch) will be served and the community will be treated to a taste-test of Benguet’s Best Strawberry Ice Cream Festival.

Mass weddings are scheduled in the different municipalities beginning on November 9 at San Jose Parish in La Trinidad; November 16 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Poblacion, Kibungan; November 17 at the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Poblacion, Sablan, and on December 1st at the St. Francis Xavier Parish in Poblacion, Kabayan.

A job fair on November 11 and 12 is scheduled at the Governor Ben Palispis Hall at the Benguet Capitol.

The pre-pageant of the Search for Mr and Miss Benguet 2015 takes place on November 13 and the Coronation Night on November 21.

“Dongba ni Kavajo” (horse racing) and the gymkhana are scheduled on November 14 and 15 at the Benguet Sports Center (BSC) which will be followed by a trade fair from November 15 until the 19th.

The first Benguet Cultural Communities Conference on November 16 to 17 will discuss the history of Benguet and other related concerns.

The “Indigenous People’s Day” on November 18 will feature a skills competition to be supervised by the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

Other activities include the Annual Benguet Awards (November 19); “kinuday” and “kiniing” (smoked meat) cooking contest (November 20); drum and lyre competition (November 21); “Jeollabuk-o” (Korea), a Taekwondo exhibition will be performed by a group South Koreans (November 22);

A two-day Diskwento Caravan (November 22 and 23); D-Day, November 23, will highlight the parade from the Capitol to the BSC which will feature the thanksgiving rites to “Kabunian” with the butchering of swines.

“Si’Jop ni Kape” (Coffee drinking) Festival is on November 23 and 24 and will feature Arabica coffee, a premium coffee, which thrives in the highland terrain.

On November 24 a simultaneous Ceremonial Sakura Tree Planting in Paoay, Atok and Madaymen, Kibungan will take place.

Investment Forum (November 25); Small Scale Mining Congress (November 26); the annual environmental forum, an information education campaign (IEC); the Children’s Congress; a theatrical presentation called, “Life of Mummy Anno” on November 27.

“A Day of Prayer” (November 28) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Safety Olympics, Christmas Choral Competition on November 29. PNA