[BANGUED, ABRA, PHILIPPINES] ▬ That great day in Abra came. There was no Hollywood star, no pop icon, no charismatic political figure, no teen superstar but there are simple people. They wrapped themselves with the glory of their heritage, looked good. They wore their best smile. Their colorful clothes shone with greatness. The greatness turns to fire. The fire turns to clarity. The spirit of peace is manifesting. The simple people became timeless treasures themselves!
[BANGUED] ▬ THIS ITNEG TRIBE CARRIES WITH THEM THE KAWAYAN OR BAMBOO
[BANGUED] ▬ BAMBOO IS A STAR IN THE POOL OF LOCAL PRODUCTS IN ABRA.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE TRIBE'S MARCHING IN.
[BANGUED] ▬ THESE STREET DANCERS SMILE FROM THE HEART.
[BANGUED] ▬ HUGE BAMBOOS
[BANGUED] ▬ THE BAMBOO PROPS ARE JUST LOVELY.
[BANGUED] ▬ FORMATION IN FRONT OF THE CAPITOL
[BANGUED] ▬ AND YES, THEY CAN DANCE.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE HUT COMES.
[BANGUED] ▬ PULLING THE HUT
[BANGUED] ▬ THE MOVES THEY MAKE IS AN INHERITANCE.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE CHEERFUL HEART EXPRESSED IN HUGE SMILE
[BANGUED] ▬ RAISING THE BIGA-O MADE OF BAMBOO
[BANGUED] ▬ NO HOT WEATHER WAS ABLE TO STOP THEM.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE STREET NEVER BECAME DULL.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE ABRENIAN SMILE!
[BANGUED] ▬ THE ABRENIAN SMILE!
[BANGUED] ▬ IN FRONT OF THE ABRA CAPITOL IS A VISUAL FEAST OF ARTS.
[BANGUED] ▬ ANOTHER CULTURAL TROUPE RAISING THE BIGA-O AS PROPS
[BANGUED] ▬ LABBA CONTAINING A FABRIC WOVEN IN ABRA
[BANGUED] ▬ THE FESTIVAL FEET
[BANGUED] ▬ FESTIVAL GIRL
[BANGUED] ▬ THE TRIBES ARE COMING.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE SAKUTING DANCERS OF DOLORES TOWN
[BANGUED] ▬ A GIRL FROM THE SAKUTING DANCERS
[BANGUED] ▬ DOLORES IS KNOWN FOR THE SAKUTING DANCE.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE ILOCANOS ARRIVE!
[BANGUED] ▬ THE ILOCANO DANCES HAVE SPACE IN THIS FESTIVAL, IN FACT, HUGE.
[BANGUED] ▬ SELFIEING WHILE ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTAND
[BANGUED] ▬ GROUFIEING WITH FESTIVAL DANCERS FROM LANGIDEN TOWN
[BANGUED] ▬ THEY'RE HERE FOR THE FINAL GRAND SHOW.
[BANGUED] ▬ THIS IS THE ABRENIAN CHARM.
[BANGUED] ▬ THE FIELD DEMONSTRATION
All ended up in the Abra grandstand. They gave their best shot. The grandstand became a kingdom of life, love and unity. ▬ to be continued...
[UP NEXT] ▬ THIS IS THE FESTIVAL FINALE. WHAT'S THIS?
[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
[BANGUED] ▬ Silnag: Night Parade of Floats, Lighted with Love and Pride_________________
TEASER ► 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. | 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 | 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.