Begnas Ylocos

            Idi mangrugi ti Begnas Festival ti probinsia ti Ilocos Sur idi Oktubre 28, 2008, nagarimukamok iti Candon South Central School a pakaisayangkatan ti programa.  Ket adu ti naragsakan.

            “Blessings dayta!”  Adu ti nagkuna.

            Ngem siempre, adda latta dagiti nagdanag ta amanganto ket nga ipigsana ket ibayakabakna kabayatan iti programa ket sigurado a madadaelen ti taray ti napintas a rubuat ti naindaklan a panagtitipon ken panagrarambak dagiti tribu ti Bago, Kankanaey, Tingguian, Itneg ken dadduma pay iti probinsia ti Ilocos Sur.

            Malagipko ket ngarud, no apay nga agtudo latta idiay Baguio City no marambakan met ti Panagbengnga Festival.  Ket no ar-arigen ket ti bulan ti Pebrero ket makunan a panangrugi ti summer.

            Adda ngata pakainaiganna ti programa iti panagtudo?  Wenno, daytoy ngata ket gapu iti geographical location ti Baguio a masarakan iti tuktok ti banbantay gapuna a saanen a nakaskasdaaw ti panagtudona.

            Mabalin a sungbat ket wen wenno saan.  Depende no asino ti mangsungbat.  Ta siempre, kadagiti pada a tagababa, patien lattan a daytoy ket gapu iti kinangato ti Baguio City.  Wenno nairanrana ti low pressure area a sumangbay tunggal parambak.

            Ngem maysa a gayyem ti nagkuna, a ti panagtudo kadagiti tribal festival a maar-aramid ket saan laeng a gapu iti lokasion, wenno nairanrana laeng.  No di ket gapu daytoy kadagiti mapatit a gangsa nga umallangogan no sakbay a mangrugi ti programa, kabayatan ti programa ken inton malmalpasen ti programa.

            Kinunana ngamin a ti patit iti gangsa ket maysa a mangguyugoy iti tudo tapno makatulong idi dagiti katribuan. Kinunana pay a daytoy ket kadaywan a maaramid no sakbay ti panagraraep ket maisayangkat ti pangawis iti tudo a ritual tapno napintas ti raep.

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Why Does It Rain During Tribal Festival?

Have you gone watched Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City last February, 2008… or the previous years?  Have you observed that during those festivities, it rains in the whole city.

“Yeah! Yeah!, that’s not new… Baguio is upland city, it is found beyond clouds, of course, it will rain” you may say. But we have also think that during the month of February begins summer.

During Begnas Festival held in Candon which was participated by tribes of Bago, Kankanaey, Tingguian and Ibaloi, I never thought it will rain.  Before the festival, the weather was so dry that you can’t sleep without electric fan.  No signs of typhoons, no signs of raindrops.

But on the first day, there’s sprinkle of rain drops… “ahh, blessings!” They rejoice.

On the… “blessings again!” But on the third and final day, during the awarding ceremonies, the “blessings” blown out.  It rains so hard. It rains that it makes the quadrangle muddy and wet.

So, why does it rains during these festivals.

A friend, Edilbliss, once asked me, why it rains during Panagbenga? I answered back, I don’t know, i said.

That’s becuase of those gangsa’s played by the elders before the festival.  Yap, those gangsa’s ignite rain everytime that “patik” hit the gongs. Don’t you know that during the early times, gangsa are also used during ritual before planting season to asked for rain.  And during, before and after this festivals, this gongs were used in many opening rituals. The more the gangsa were played, the more rain it will come.

We can therefore say, gangsa makes the rain in Panagbengnga and Begnas Festival.

Believe it? Naaa…

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