Sas-alliwa is a Balangao term for a friendly meeting or gathering of two or more people to satisfy one’s feeling for having not seen a love one for a long time. Usually, the people involved are clan members. This is also applied between and among people who have special relationships like former neighbors or close acquaintances. The host or the masas-alliwa usually prepares food or drinks for the visitors or the me’hsas-alliwa.
This year’s celebration consists of different events including civic/cultural parade, agro-industrial trade fair, cultural dance competition, traditional games, musical competition, fashion show, friendship games and sports, cultural and bible quiz bee, cultural theatrical competition, search for little Prince and Princess 2019, indigenous cookfest, pinaka contest on local products, indoor games, marathon run, farmers’ forum and fire Olympics.
The Sas-Alliwa festival was started during the term of former mayor Marie Rafael, now Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, to encourage those who were born and raised in Natonin to return and experience the town’s pristine, beauty and distinct cultural heritage. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)
By Juliet B. Saley