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Gotad Ad Kiangan offers new and exciting events
Daniel B. Codamon / PIA
Life, 4-13-2014

KIANGAN, Ifugao – This year’s town fiesta promises to be more exciting with the inclusion of new and thrilling events.

Municipal Tourism Officer and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Eulalie Dulnuan said Gotad Ad Kiangan, which will be from April 29 to May 3, offers exciting and entertaining activities to visitors such as the opportunity for them to hike and experience adventure in the unique Open Air Museum which was established in 2013.

The Open Air Museum is a community-based project of Barangay Nagacadan, a world heritage site, with the help of the UNESCO and the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.

It includes five museums which are the architecture involving houses built without nails or screws; Ifugao life cycle where one can learn more about the Ifugao way of life, customs, and traditions; the Ifugao food preparation where one can delight on the two traditional goodies; the Ifugao art and crafts where one can admire and appreciate the ornate weaving which is one of the oldest arts of the Ifugao culture,  and agriculture in which the entire Ifugao life and culture is strongly connected with the rhythm of the rice cycle and the entire ecosystem.

The Open Air Museum presents a microcosm of the Ifugao culture to visitors at the least intrusive manner. Through hiking, one will experience walking through the paddies of the rice fields immersing into the world of the Ifugao farmers and their history while learning more about the culture of the Ifugaos.

During the walk, the visitor accompanied by a local tour guide can also enter several native houses and granaries to know the Ifugao traditional way of life by listening to the “Hudhud” sung by the Ifugao women while harvesting rice, or play the traditional gong surrounded by the unique landscape of the rice terraces and its forest system called muyung.

The Gotad Ad Kiangan is one phase in the performance of the three prestige rites of the Ifugaos that traditionally involves a lot of merrymaking like drinking, singing, chanting, and dancing.

It is a special feature of the town fiesta with its ethnic parade called gottadan, performing arts competition, ethnic games, rice wine drinking, and folk singing.

The 2014 Gotad celebration starts on April 29 with the arrival of the different barangay or village delegates, opening of the food bazaar and flower show, and an inter-faith rally.

The grand cultural parade, opening program, opening of the agro-industrial fair, bamboo carving competition, and ball games competition will be on April 30. The merrymaking called holyat and performing arts competition will be held in the evening.

The Gotad Ad Kiangan main program, bikathon, continuation of the performing arts competition, and judging of the woodcarving competition will be on May 1. The pre-pageant search for Bugan ya Wigan di Kiyangan, a local and indigenous version of a beauty pageant, will be in the evening.

The marathon in G-strings, ethnic games competition, and coronation of Bugan ya Wigan di Kiyangan will be on May 2.

On May 3, the activities are the neo-ethnic street dancing competition, championship games, awarding and closing program, and a Fiesta Rock concert.

This year’s theme is “Nurturing alliances amidst cultural diversity for a globally competitive community.”

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