Lang-Ay Festival: Celebrating a Culture of Sharing

Chants, the rhythm of the gongs, and music echo throughout the Bontoc valley as old, young, locals, and tourists gather to celebrate culture, partake food, and share experiences in the annual Lang-ay Festival of Mountain Province.

 

This year's Lang-ay Festival, with the theme “Keeping the Culture Alive, Nurturing the Homeland,” has not only highlighted the rich Montañosa culture but has also showcased the value of sharing, a value that has been passed on through generations of mountain people.

Through colorful woven clothes, lively dances, distinctive chants, and energetic beating of the gongs in the cultural competitions, participants and guests witnessed the sharing of culture and tradition among the different municipalities and tribes of Mountain Province.

The Lang-ay Agro-Trade Fair became a venue for sharing of resources, crops, and products not only from local organizations in the province but from the neighboring provinces  as well.

From dances, to products, and food. The Lang-ay Festival featured food fests where everyone can partake of local food for free. The Lang-ay by the Street is a food fair where everyone can get a taste of local delicacies for free while the Lang-ay by the Eyeb is a free community lunch sponsored by the provincial government.

Aside from the unique cultural experience, the 2018 Lang-ay Festival also offered an avenue for the people of Mountain Province to benefit from government projects which include training, scholarship, and livelihood programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

The International Forum on Innovations for Indigenous Peoples’ Empowerment and Social Transformation organized by the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College paved the way to the sharing of culture between the Cordillerans and the Balinese visitors.

Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan reminded everyone that more than creating fun memories and strong cultural identities, the Lang-ay Festival should also be “an avenue through which we can further device ways to improve as people.”

"Lang-ay" which means sharing among the people was developed as a festival in 2005 to promote the province as an eco-tourism destination. The festival also coincides with the foundation anniversary of the province every first week of April.  Jamie Joie Malingan (ALT/JPM-PIA CAR)

 

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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.