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.
by Mancielito Tacadena
Ilocos Sur has a rich heritage and unique culture that are to be preserved for the next generations because it is observed that many of these traditions, songs, dances and other Ilocano culture are not familiar to the younger generations already. Children of today are paying more attention to the modern and novelty dances they seen on the television than the traditional ones. There is also a need to evaluate the different products of the different municipalities and the agricultural products and livestock of the farmers and fisher folks. Because of this, the provincial government of Ilocos Sur conceived a festival that will highlight these culture and traditions and attract local and foreign tourists as well. They call it the KANNAWIDAN Ylocos Festival, it is also a time to commemorate the anniversary of Ilocos Sur as a province since it was separated on February 3, 1818.
The celebration was opened by a celebrated mass held at the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral followed by a procession of the patron saints of the 40 parishes and images of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary around the province’s capital city. This shows the deep rooted religiosity of the Ilocanos. Rev. Fr. Roque Reyes who officiate the mass articulated in his homily that this festivity is the time to thank the Almighty not only for the abundance He showered for the province but also the rich heritage of the place including the strong ties among the Ilocano families.