Saturday, May 24, 2008

PAMULINAWEN Float: Aliwan’s Champion


Laoag City’s entry into the float competition of this year’s Aliwan Festival emerged as the grand winner. The competition was held on the first week of May at the Quirino Grandstand beside Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.

The Pamulinawen Float depicted a horse carriage which is a traditional transport in Ilocandia. Many calesas are still operating in Vigan and Laoag not only as a regular transport but serves tourists on their strolling activities. Its depiction in the float had the purpose of promoting its preservation. The float was made of garlic, corn materials such as the grains, husks, leaves, and others.

After the competition in Manila, it was brought home to Laoag and displayed infront of the city hall. The locals had the chance to get a glimpse of this wonderful work of art. I too had seen it up close.

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