Natonin celebrates 12th Sas-alliwa Festiva

NATONIN, Mountain Province April 15 (PIA) -- With the theme “Strengthening  Our Cultural Heritage and Values,” this municipality’s  12th Sas- alliwa  Festival  is  set on April 22–25 with many  Natonians living outside the municipality expected to come home and actively participate in the celebration.

 

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)

(Sas-alliwa Festival 2010 Facebook Page photo)

By Juliet B. Saley

 

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