[BANGUED] ▬ INNOCENT CHILDREN PLAYING AROUND A LIGHTED FLOAT
We entered the Abra Grandstand at night. Everything seems normal. I no longer feel the tension I used to feel when it was my first time to travel to Abra. You know, those times, the notoriety of Abra embedded on the face of pop culture was a concept I used to believe as a first time visitor. I used to be paranoid. When I started exploring the province from the valley to its hinterlands, my view changed.
This time, I am just overwhelmed to encounter new things once again. If this is a drug, I am intoxicated now. I just can't contain the overjoy. The people in Abra are gathered here, at night, to celebrate the beauty of their culture and heritage. All walks of life are present. The tribes from the mountains traveled down to the valley to be part of the celebration. There was peace and harmony. You see? The notoriety is too much for the province to deal with. The people here just want to live a normal life. Abra is a peace-loving community.
[BANGUED] ▬ POLICEMEN NOT AS PEACE KEEPERS, BUT AS MUSICIANS
[BANGUED] ▬ THESE TALENTED POLICEMEN GAVE A FESTIVE SOUND FOR SILNAG.
[BANGUED] ▬ ABRA'S POLICEMEN ARE TALENTED TOO.
[BANGUED] ▬ THIS FLOAT FEATURES THE CACAO, A LOCAL PRODUCT OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF BUCAY
[BANGUED] ▬ DETAILS OF BUCAY'S CACAO FLOAT
[BANGUED] ▬ SO THIS IS TEAM DISKARTE'S WORK.
[BANGUED] ▬ TEAM DISKARTE AND TEAM CACAO
[BANGUED] ▬ BAMBOOS AND A HUGE MUSHROOM
[BANGUED] ▬ ABRA, BOLDLY WRITTEN
[BANGUED] ▬ SO WELL-LIGHTED
[BANGUED] ▬ CLOSER, BIGGER SMILE
[BANGUED] ▬ CHILDREN OF ABRA LOOKING AT THE FLOAT FEATURING BAMBOO GRASS
"Silnag" is just one of the events and features of the Kawayan Festival 2015. Silnag is an Ilocano word for "beam of light." This is a very timely event because I'm personally anticipating more good great things that will happen in Abra in the future in terms of tourism and economic development.
I know Abra will arise soon. It's just getting its momentum. Although the stigma of Abra in the politics world is the source of its infamy, there will still be a light to enlighten the dark ages.
After the Silnag event, I walked close to the gymnasium and I saw children wearing their traditional costumes. It feels great to see that the culture is passed to the new generation. But what are these children doing here? Why they are wearing these costumes? I am foreseeing a big cultural event that time because of the multitude of children and youth scattered around the oval with colorful and amazing traditional dresses.
In the province of Abra, there is a dark age in its political history, but light will still defeat darkness. Darkness will never prevail. ▬ to be continued...
[UP NEXT] ▬ WHY THESE CHILDREN ARE HERE FOR THE NIGHT?
[BANGUED] ▬ My First Midnight in the Hill of Cassamata via Oval Era_________________
TEASER ► ...as the sun sets down with the silhouette of Mt Bullagao, west of the river valley, I leave the place. I never attempted to stay there after dark. | Part 2
[BANGUED] ▬ Padaya Trade Fair: Abra Local Industries' Heart & Soul_________________
TEASER ► I thought it would be another ordinary trade fair but I was wrong. The padaya gave me many answers on my search for truth and knowledge: reasons why I love traveling. | Part 3
[LA PAZ] ▬ A Village of Abel (Loom) Weavers in Abra Called Bulbulala_________________
TEASER ► Who would have thought that today, their pasture became greener by keeping the inheritance manifested through their weaving skills. | Part 4
[BANGUED] ▬ Abra River Sunset in Calaba_________________
TEASER ► Abra has no beach. This river serves as a summer getaway. The sunset here is unique. It represents Abra's distinct landscape. | Part 5 | Part 6
[BANGUED] ▬ A Night of Traditional Dances and Cultural Rites_________________
TEASER ► I was surprised even more how rich the culture of Abra is. Very rich. Very unique. Their identity and culture make Abra a very interesting province to love and take care. | Part 7
[BANGUED] ▬ Brgy Patucannay: of Waking Up Early and a Soup Dish_________________
TEASER ► I observed how they prepare this popular soup dish. They just prepare everything right before your eyes. I saw bones, mainly skulls, in a stainless basin. | Part 8
[BANGUED] ▬ Kawayan Festival: The Biggest Cultural Show in Abra_________________
TEASER ► No million-dollar dance show can ever fathom the depth of the meaning of the dances their ancestors wanted them to execute. | Part 9
[BANGUED] ▬ Bamboo Float Parade and the Cool Mountain Tribes_________________
TEASER ► They have proven that the province of Abra is a sterling destination for mountain culture lovers.
 The map I used below is courtesy of Eugene Villar on Wikipedia.