July 16, 2024

Barlig, Mountain Province celebrated its 58th founding anniversary and 18th Fortan Festival from June 13 to 18 with the theme, Ammay: Appreciating the majestic and magnificent culture of Barlig and advocating unity yielding to community development, highlighted both cultural preservation and economic empowerment

The festivity commemorates the town’s establishment, marking the separation of Barlig from Natonin and Bontoc.

Barangay Poblacion was once a part of Bontoc, while Barangay Kadaclan was part of Natonin.

Fortan is a local term for inheritance or legacy, which means the culture will serve as an inheritance to be passed on to the next generation.

Barlig Public Information Officer Angelo Vicente said the Fortan Festival is celebrated to preserve the town’s culture and tradition.

“The younger generations can learn and not forget it, especially nowadays that technology is evolving and the lifestyle is changing. It is always important to preserve the culture and tradition,” Vicente said.

As part of the celebration, the Negosyo Center for Barlig and the opening of the Agro-Industrial Trade Fair were launched.

Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Regional Executive Director Jennilyn M. Dawayan said the Negosyo Center will serve as the coordinating office for assistance related to micro, small, and medium enterprises.

She added the Negosyo Center will help facilitate the farmers’ promotion of their products and find them a suitable buyer.

“We will not be the one who will sell your product, but instead we will facilitate you so that you’ll have access to the market, or we will look for a suitable buyer for your product,”Dawayan said.

She added before the products of Barlig is sold outside, there will be a pre-development of the product like local wine, rice, and other products to improve the quality.

Vicente said the Department of Trading Industry wants to establish an LGU-based Negosyo Centre so their services will be accessible to the communities.

The agro-industrial trade fair, meanwhile was launched to allow farmers to introduce products to potential buyers.

Marites Ayangdan, one of the farmers and a representative from Barangay Kaleo said, “Trade fair is important for us to promote our products to the tourists.”

She said they do not use any chemicals, not even chicken dung, on their product. Thet compose ru-ot (grass)to serve as fertilizer. – Shaina Mae Poschor and Berlyn Joy T. Binay-an