Issue of November 11, 2018
     
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Smaller bindiyan dance piece set for subdued Adivay Fest
by Ofelia C. Empian

ADIVAY FESTIVAL 2018 -- Benguet officials led by Gov. Crescencio Pacalso invite the public to join the annual month-long Adivay Festival that coincides with the 118th founding anniversary on Nov. 23. Although this year’s celebration will be toned down with the absence of the festive cañao in deference to victims of disasters brought by typhoons Ompong and Rosita, various activities are still lined up for the 13 municipalities and the public. -- Ofelia Empian

Getting a go-signal from the elders, the bindiyan (unity dance) will be performed during the 2018 Adivay Festival and 118th founding anniversary of Benguet but only by a small group.

Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso announced last week that the Benguet Capitol officials and employees will be the ones to perform the bindiyan this time, unlike in the previous years where the dance was performed by a larger group of people.

“It will be a much smaller performance because bindiyan is most often conducted as a means of celebration, but for now we will keep it small,” Pacalso said.

Last year, the biggest bindiyan or bendian was performed by over a thousand dancers. The longest bindiyan line was led by 1,500 dancers clad in their native Benguet attires during the 117th Benguet Foundation Day and 2017 Adivay Festival.  

Earlier, Pacalso said this year’s bindiyan and overall celebration will be toned down in respect to those who have perished and were affected during the onslaught of typhoons Ompong and Rosita.

Pacalso said a province-wide ritual will be performed at the town center in La Trinidad on Nov. 30, which will be the culminating activity for the foundation anniversary and Adivay Festival with the theme, “Benguet Culture – unity, industry, prosperity: Managing adversities with excellence through enhanced indigenous resilience.”

He said the rituals to be performed are daw-es (cleansing ritual) and pacde (prayer for blessing) by the elders on that day.

On Nov. 23, which is the special holiday for Benguet, there will be a parade from Km. 5 to the Capitol grounds for the main program in the morning in celebration of its founding anniversary. The annual Benguet Awards, which honors outstanding citizens in the province, will commence in the afternoon.

The Adivay Festival will kick off on Nov. 12 with an ecumenical service followed by a program at the Capitol grounds. This will be followed by a press conference for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet 2018 in the afternoon.

The towns of Atok, Kibungan, Kapangan, Tublay, and Sablan will also celebrate their foundation anniversary this month.


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