BACNOTAN, La Union – A float decorated with various fish products forming into a starfish or sea star bagged the over-all championship, besting all entries participating in the annual Electric Float Parade held last Monday night as part of the province’s 166th foundation anniversary celebration.
The starfish-shaped entry of Sto. Tomas, which featured the town’s s ‘one town, one product,’ (dried fish) won in the “over-all categories” as best float, best indigenous float and best lighting designed float.
Sto Tomas’s beauty candidate Eidrian Balcita was also over-all champion in the costume category–best indigenous costume, best ecological costume and best designer for native costume.
The ‘electric float parade,’ the most awaited highlight of La Union’s founding anniversary celebration, drew in hundreds of local and foreign tourists.
Adamor Dagang, provincial information and tourism officer, said that the electric float parade showcased the best products, indigenous culture and tradition of the province, attracting locals and tourists from various places.
Floats of the 19 municipalities and San Fernando City were festooned with colorful lights of various sizes and shapes and carrying their candidates for ‘Mutia ti La Union’ and their escorts.
The parade started at the Bacnotan town plaza and traversed a route of a few several kilometers while homes had their lights turned off to further illumine the floats, making them shinier and brighter as they make their way around the area.
Others who won the in best float category were: San Fernando City – 1st runner-up, decorated with butterflies and flowers representing the city’s botanical garden; 2nd runner-up was Balaoan with sea urchins and sea shells design; 3rd runner-up, Sudipen, with bamboo design; and 4th runner-up, Bacnotan, with honey bee design.
For the best indigenous category floats Balaoan – 1st runner-up; 2nd runner-up, San Fernando City, and for the best lighting design category floats,San Fernando City – 1st runner-up; and Sudipen, 2nd runner-up. Erwin Beleo/northboundasia.com