March 31, 2023

The 121st Benguet foundation anniversary through the Adivay Festival will resume this year starting Nov. 8.

With the theme: “Resilient and healthier Benguet – Flourishing in the midst of adversity,” this year’s celebration will still implement the minimum public health protocols in all the activities. 

The festival will start with an ecumenical service followed by a kick-off program at the Capitol grounds.

The forest trek at Mount Ulap in Ampucao, Itogon to be led by the Provincial Tourism Office will be held on Nov. 11, 12 and 17 to 19.

There will be rituals during the celebration including the kading on Nov. 22 at the Benguet Sports Complex. A cañao with a healing ritual will be done on Nov. 23.

Other regular programs are jobs fair on Nov. 15; skills competition on corsage making, table skirting with centerpiece flower arrangement on Nov. 17; Adivay unplugged on Nov. 18; inter-municipality battle of the bands on Nov. 19; Teacher’s Day on Nov. 19; and service awards on Nov. 22.

The agri-skills competition will also be conducted from Nov. 22 to 26 with the “Kape Ed Benguet,” featuring the best quality grade coffee green beans.

Other events set during the period are demonstration on fruit and vegetable dehydration, Kadiwa exhibition and marketing of agri-products, organic vegetable salad preparation and presentation and contest, contest on good agricultural practice and organic agriculture for five commodities, demonstration on “Hershey toblerone shi Benguet”, the quest for Benguet healthiest farm soil, and best cooperator on integrated diversified farming system.    

Also, the recognition and awarding of the model livestock and poultry farmer/association with integrated farming system and best rabies program implementers are set on Nov. 23. – Ofelia C. Empian