Lang-ay fest to showcase weaving industry

LOCAL weavers in Mountain Province are set to showcase their wares for the ethnic fashion show in the first week of April as part of the Lang-ay Festival 2017.

Paulino Tumapang Jr., chairperson of the Lang-ay Festival Organization recently pushed for the prioritization of local weavers and designers to participate in the event and promote the local weaving industry of the province.

In past ethnic fashion shows, local weavers showcased through their respective models the locally designed clothing, bags and accessories, gowns and barongs and other wearable laced with local fabrics such as langkit.

Juliet Lucas, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry said those who are interested to participate in the event to showcase their respective clothes and garments may obtaine forms at the DTI office. Lucas on the other hand will be coordinating with the local weavers.

Weavers are also advised to start designing products that they would like to be showcased by their respective models during the fashion show. Local weavers may design their own products with themselves as models. But they may also invite other models to showcase their respective finished products.

Meanwhile, the provincial Steering Committee formed to prepare for the commemoration of the 50th Foundation Anniversary of the province and the Lang-ay Festival 2017 has been meeting since the launching of the twin events in October 29, 2016.

The Lang-ay Festival this year is scheduled on April 3-9, 2017 with the 7th reserved for the Foundation Day celebrations. With the theme: “Reminiscing and Fostering our Cultural Integrity”, the twin events hopes to let the people of Mountain Province witness the transition of the province for the last 50 years since its separation from the old Mountain Province in 1967.

Tumapang said this year’s event would involve the local weavers in the province as a support to the promotion of local indigenous fabrics. Local weavers and designers from the ten municipalities of the province have participated in the past and are now being encouraged again to be actively involve themselves.They can personally model their products. (Roger Sacyaten)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.