LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Jan.10 (PIA) – The city government is in the thick of preparations for the 15th Pamulinawen Festival in February dishing out a list of national officials led by President Aquino as invited guests.
Laoag Mayor Michael Fariñas said he extended personally the invitation to the President during a recent meeting in Manila.
P-Noy has yet to confirm whether or not he would be able to show up during the month-long celebrations starting February 1. Other invited guests include Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
The festival, a yearly celebration in honor of the feast of Laoag’s patron saint William the Hermit, is one of the colourful tourism events in the country.
The street pageantry was awarded by the Department of Tourism as a finalist in the Best Tourism Event (Arts and Culture category) in 2009.
It is one of the awaited events among local and international tourists because of its display of traditional industries that are interpreted through the street pageant.
Residents likewise show off the city’s best in culinary arts through the Dulang Food fest, one of the event’s highlights.
Other activities lined up during the month-long event include a civic and military Parade, float competition, sports activities, cook fest and search and coronation of Miss Laoag.