Bring on the leather hats, boots with spurs and the black chaleco vest and the favorite Rhinestone Cowboy song– the Rodeo Tournament is here… in Kannawidan Ylocos Festival. Governor Ryan Singson said this is already the 2nd Year of the tournament participated by the Universities and Colleges in the Luzon region. The participating universities compete in different games for men and women that includes bull whipping, wood chopping, load carrying, cattle wrestling, carambola, casting down, egg catching calf lassoing and of course, contest of the rodeo beautiful ladies.
Pictures below happened on the first day.
These beautiful ladies are competing for bull wrestling
These women are stronger than men, just look at them carrying the sack of sands in the load carrying contest
One of the beautiful lady who is one of the muses of the participating universities.
What a beautiful girl riding a white horse. She is one of the muses of the rodeos.
Contestant perform in the bull whipping contest.
The contestants are busy with their axes in wood chopping contest.
Experience Ilocos Sur
The province hold it’s longest ever fiesta. Kannawidan is the festival of culture, tradition and heritage of the province. The 12-day festivities are compact to activities from January 29 to February 13. February 2 is the foundation day of Ilocos Sur since February 2, 1818.
Have you ever been to Bahay Na Bato in Luna, La Union. The silent coastal place where a resthouse is situated now a famous tourist destination in the region. Thanks to the initiative of Mr. Bong Kim, a Korean art disciple who turn the place into enchanting destination. I chanced Edwin Oraw, the stone sculptor, while doing another project in the area and had conversation with him.
The 5 Faces below which I photo in the area are just few of his stone sculpture.
Stone sculptor designed by Mr. Bong Kim.
Smiling face of a man in stone sculpture made by Edwin Oraw.
A half face of a man made from stone
Stone sculptor of an old man.
A face of a lady with one eye, two fingers also seen holding the head.
Vigan City’s first festival celebration of the year is the Longganisa Festival. The city is also celebrating the Binatbatan Festival of the Arts, Semana Santa and the Raniag Festival.
Longganisa is a kind of sausage called Vigan Longganisa which is so famous around the world. The distinction of the sausage is its richness of garlic and the aroma that this sausage only has.
Vigan City has just been declared as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World.
Pinsal Falls of Santa Maria is one of the tourist destination of Ilocandia. Families and barkadas are now heading to this remote nature’s beauty of Santa Maria town of Ilocos Sur. The place boost the amazing Pinsal Falls which is legendary because of the love story of Angalo and Aran in the Ilocano epic.Located in the pristine of not too much explore mountains and hills, this could be one of the major scene of the place in the next years. A going up staircases built in the large stone beneath the falls was once to be the primary path of the people living in the nearby villages.
photo are mine
The cobblestone of Mena Crisologo of Vigan City.
“We are living the dream!”
VIGAN CITY is declared as the new New 7 Wonder Cities of the World with more an estimated of more than 12 million votes.
Joining with Vigan City of the province of Ilocos Sur of the Philippines when declared last December 8, 2014 in the prestigious title are the cities of Beirut, Lebanon; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and La Paz, Bolivia at around 3:00 in the Philippine time.
Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina in a press statement said the following words.
“15 years after Vigan’s inscription in the UNESCO LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE
SITES and MONUMENTS IN DECEMBER 1999, she has been declared as the New
WONDER CITY OF THE WORLD on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mother Mary.”
“We have been blessed with another distinct stature.”
“This is inspiring!” Mayor Singson said. “It is a tribute to a people who has committed to achieve development and make wonderful things happen in their lives and their communities even radiating beyond boundaries.”
In the said statement, Mayor Medina thank God for according Vigan and the entire Philippines the global recognition.
Of course, Pagudpud Beach of Ilocos Norte is known to be the Boracay of the North because of pristine beach and beautiful landscape. If there is one famous beach in northern Philippines that everyone would want to travel, Pagudpud is in the top list.
But before you can appreciate the beauty of nature of the beach. There is man-made giant sea clam that welcome every tourists and guests. So, aside from taking our selfie in the beach, it is worth also to take a picture in the white-painted clam-like sculpture in Pagudpud town.