Issue of January 15, 2017
Mt. Province

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Igorot mayor pioneers Tinungbo Festival in Pugo
by Harley F. Palangchao

VISIONARY -- Pugo, La Union Mayor Precy Martin (2nd from l), a true blue Igorota, is joined by La Union 2nd District Rep. Sandra Eriguel, La Union Gov. Pacoy Ortega, and Vini Nola Ortega during the ribbon cutting rite of the agri trade fair of the Tinungbo Festival, a brainchild of the lady mayor and members of the municipal council. The major events will be featured from Jan. 20 to 22. -- Contributed photo



Driven by a commitment to transform Pugo, La Union into a progressive and famous one, a lady mayor who traces her roots in the Cordillera, has pioneered the first ever festival in the municipality.

First time Mayor Priscilla “Precy” Martin along with the municipal council and community residents launched the “Tinungbo Festival” last month in a bid to promote the town’s agriculture sector and the tradition passed on to generations.

Tinungbo is the traditional way of cooking rice –  fresh water first – and other native delicacies using a young bamboo internode and grilled over charcoal or controlled fire.

This indigenous way of cooking was passed through generations in this fifth-class municipality, whose people’s main of livelihood is farming.

But with the advent of technology and modernization, the indigenous practice and the culture attached to it is slowly being forgotten.

“In our research, most festivals were borne out of the urgency to preserve the culture of the people and other traditional practices they are known for. The festival also aims to promote our agriculture, which is the primary source of livelihood of our people. We likewise envision promoting the eco-tourism of our municipality,” said Martin, a native of Tadian, Mountain Province and Mankayan, Benguet.

While the agri trade fair was formally launched on Dec. 11, most of the primary events lined up for the festival have been set from Jan. 20 to 22.

The grand civic parade featuring the multi-awarded Luzon Colleges Bugle and Lyre Corps will be on Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. followed by the drum and lyre competition at the Municipal Hall grounds.

The much-awaited tinungbo cookfest will be on Jan. 21 also at the Municipal Hall grounds with all barangays and high schools in Pugo expected to participate.

The participants will prepare and cook four dishes, namely rice, fresh river fish, dinengdeng, and one specialty dish of their choice.

The cookfest will be followed by indigenous games such as sipa, palo sebo, patintero, kadang-kadang, breaking the pot, and sack race. Outdoor activities such as paragliding, kite flying and mountain bike race will coincide that day in outdoor venues.

The Pugo Got Talent grand finals and concert will be held at 7 p.m. of the same day.

The grand street dancing competition and dance showdown is on Jan. 22 at 8 a.m.

The Philippine Military Academy will also perform the sought-after silent drill at 3 p.m. while the “balikbayan night” and awarding ceremonies to be capped by a fireworks display will start at 7 p.m.

To make the festival a humanitarian one, the organizers have prepared fund-raising events for the construction of a new municipal health office.

Pugo, with a land area of more than 62 square kilometers, the same size as Baguio, is the gateway to the Cordillera and Ilocos regions. Travel  time to Pugo from Baguio takes less than an hour.

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