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Friday, February 01, 2019

Victories of Isabela Highlight Bambanti Festival 2019

Aliw Awards’ Hall of Famer Bambanti Festival showcased the “Victory of Isabela Spirit” (Tagumpay ng Pusong Isabela) in a week-long celebration of creative concepts and images this year held at Isabela Provincial Capitol Compound from January 21 to 26.


Bambanti is an Ilocano word for scarecrow, which the province considers as protection despite the common notion that it rouses fear. Created with colorful straws and grasses wrapped in farmer’s clothing, bambanti has always been the icon and mascot of the festival.
The festival was not only about scarecrows as it also featured its community life, history, and heritage. Isabela Province has seen and realized a tremendous growth in its economic, social, political, and cultural development thus celebrating the feat through the said festival.

Kicking off the start of the festivity was the launch of the Agri-Ecotourism Exhibit and Sale on January 21 and was open for public all-week long. It featured indigenous handicrafts, a showcase of culture and traditions of tribal communities of Gaddang, Ibanag, Ytaois, and Ilocano, lifestyle merchandise, and exotic dishes of traditional Isabela cuisine.














Main events and competitions started January 24 with Isabela’s Master Kusinero Cooking Competition, spearheaded by Ms. Mary Ann Arcega Dy, which features longganisa mix and makan ken mainum (food and beverage) of each town and city.

Streetdance and Dance Showdown Competition and “Tagumpay ng Pusong Isabela” musical were held last January 25. All were followed by the awarding of Guinness Book of World Records to the Province of Isabela, handed to Isabela Governor Faustino “Bojie” Dy III and Vice Governor Antonio “Tonypet” Albano, for the most number of persons dressed as scarecrows dancing simultaneously with 2,495 participants. Guest of honor for the night was Ms. Irene Marcos-Araneta.

Coco Martin, popularly known as Cardo Dalisay in the hit TV series 'Ang Probinsyano', stirred cheers from the crowd as he performed in Bambanti Concert Party held at Isabela Sports Complex, January 26. Joining him were Yassi Pressman, Mark Lapid, and Bassilyo among others.

Meanwhile, the City of Cauayan emerged as the over-all winner for two consecutive years in the Bambanti Festival Awarding and Closing Ceremonies. Running second is the municipality of Echague, followed by municipalities of Alicia and Cabatauan, and City of Ilagan. For full list of winners, see below:
Category
Rank
City/Municipality
OVER-ALL
1st
Cauayan City
2nd
Echague
3rd
Alicia
4th
Cabatuan
5th
Ilagan City
Best Dance Showdown Contingent
1st
Echague
2nd
Alicia
3rd
Cauayan City
Best Streetdance Contingent
1st
Alicia
2nd
San Pablo
3rd
Cauayan City
Best Bambati Agri-Ecotourism Booth
1st
Cauayan City
2nd
Naguilian
3rd
Palanan
Best Giant Bambanti Installation
1st
Cauayan City
2nd
Jones
3rd
Ilagan City
Festival Queen
1st
Echague
2nd
Cabatuan
3rd
Cauayan City
Festival King
1st
Echague
2nd
Cauayan City
3rd
Cabatuan
Best Festival Costume (Designer’s Award)
1st
Quezon
2nd
Benito Soliven
3rd
Luna
Best Mainum Ti Isabela
1st
Tumauini
2nd
Echague
3rd
Roxas
4th
Ilagan City
Best Makan Ti Isabela
1st
Tumauini
2nd
Echague
3rd
Cordon
4th
Roxas
Best Longganisa Mix
1st
Tumauini
2nd
Echague
3rd
Roxas
4th
Ilagan City
For more information, visit www.provinceofisabela.ph.

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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