Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas led the formal declaration of the annual festivities together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by Vice Governor Johnny Waguis and Congressman Nestor Fongwan represented by lawyer Jerry Marave.
Diclas said that this year’s founding anniversary and Adivay is a celebration for the abundant blessings and thanksgiving of the province for a safer year from disasters and calamities, and an occasion to pray for better years to come for Benguet and its people.
It could be remembered that last year, the provincial celebration was toned down in consideration of the devastations caused by strong typhoons in the different parts of Benguet, most notably the landslide in Ucab, Itogon which killed at least 80 people and leaving hundreds of families homeless.
The governor explained that the theme of the celebration this year is, “HEALTHIER Benguet,” that embodies the priority programs of his administration. H stands for health, E for education, A for agriculture, L for livelihood, T for tourism, H for human resource and development, I for Infrastructure, E for environment, R for responsive and resilient government.
Before the program, an ecumenical mass was held and ceremonial rituals and prayers were conducted by Benguet elders asking Kabunian for blessings for successful celebration of the foundation anniversary.
Candidates for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet 2019 showcased their cultural and ethnic-inspired casual attires as part of the kick off ceremonies.
The month long activities will be highlighted on November 23 with a civic and float parade, the traditional canao, and the program proper to be held at the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal, La Trinidad with guests Senator Bong Go and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
Adivay is an agri-tourism festival focused on rediscovering the rich history, culture, arts, trades and industries of Benguet. It was conceptualized to gather the 13 municipalities of Benguet to share their cultural beliefs and practices. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
Adivay is an Agri-Tourism festival focused on rediscovering the rich history, culture, arts, trades and industries of Benguet. It was conceptualized to gather the 13 municipalities of Benguet to come together to share their cultural beliefs and practices. RMC PIA-CAR
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis