New Year revelry the ‘Kalinga’ way

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Jan. 8 (PIA) -- The Kalinga police introduced a unique way of welcoming the New Year – using the gong instead of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices which cause harm.


Calling it the ‘Kalinga revelry’, police officers on New Year’s Eve played the ‘pattong’ at their camp. The pattong is played by gong players using sticks, and they keep in step with the dancers.

Provincial Police Director P/SSupt Alfredo Dangani said he introduced the concept of the “Kalinga revelry” which is reflective of the true Kalinga way of celebrations as people of the province. He shared that they bought a set of gongs for this activity.     

Dangani said he wants this custom to be adopted by all police stations in Kalinga and possibly to the rest of the Kalinga community. He believes that the practice when shared would eventually answer public clamor for peaceful and orderly New Year’s revelry throughout the province.

Authorities had recorded three cases of firecracker injuries and one case due to improvised pyrotechnic device from 24 December 2017 to 01January 2018.

Meanwhile, Police Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa’s order on ‘no indiscriminate discharge of issued guns’ was strictly complied among the police force in the province. Dangani said there was no case of indiscriminate fire coming from the entire police organization in the province during the period. The province he said had a generally peaceful and orderly celebration of the Christmas season.
Larry T. Lopez (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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