Issue of December 2, 2018
     
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Adivay wraps up, hopeful for next year
by Ofelia C. Empian

The usual sound of gongs and of merry-making was not heard throughout the duration of the celebration of the Adivay Festival and the 118th foundation anniversary of Benguet even with the conduct of pammakan (feasting) as one of the highlights of the month-long activity. 

Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso said with the toned down the celebration in respect to those who have suffered during the recent typhoons, they must adhere to the requirements of the rituals that were performed all throughout the month-long celebration.

Pacalso said part of the requirements is the absence of kanyaw, which is performed with gongs and dancing. It is also the reason why the province did not perform the bindiyan or the circular unity dance, which is associated with merry-making.

“To the public, siguro biruken da ti sound of the gongs, which is noticeably absent but it is part of the downgrading of the ritual. Instead of a big thanksgiving victory ritual, it was more of an offering to the former officials and ritual to those who perished not only during the previous typhoons. We also added those who met accidents like vehicular and all sorts,” Pacalso said.

During the Nov. 30 pammakan, all 13 municipalities butchered pigs for their respective constituents including the 14th booth for the province for guests and visitors of the Adivay. 

“Though we decided to downgrade all the activities it was fairly successful. The attendance is still there, ada amin dagidiay munisipyo especially dagidiay activities tayo with all towns participating,” he said.

Mambunong (shaman) Simeon Marciano conducted the sangbo, where he prayed for blessings for Benguet and asked the previous officials who have gone ahead for their blessings on the current provincial officials.

In the sangbo, Marciano butchered a native rooster as well as a pig and read its bile. It was the fourth ritual performed during the celebration.

“We have to ward off the bad events through the ritual,” he said.

The last ritual is the supnak, which was conducted on Dec. 1 at the house of the governor.  

Earlier, the cading ritual was performed on the opening of the festival last Nov. 12, where the spirits of the previous Benguet officials with their wives were invited to join the event. 

Three rituals were then conducted early in the morning of Nov. 23, which is the province’s foundation day anniversary.  

The daw-es or cleansing ritual was then conducted for the entire province, followed by the paced orasking for Kabunian (Almighty) to protect the province from pestilence and the sabusab wherein the mambunong havedeclared to the spirits the boundary between life and death, that the province be spared from further calamities in the coming years. 

“We’re looking forward to a good performance by the province in the coming year,” Pacalso said.

“It shows that we will have a better year next year, we are looking forward to that,” he added.


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