TUBA, Benguet: With the theme “Celebrating our Oneness and Sustaining our Progress,” Tuba will celebrate its 104th anniversary through Ava Festival from December 1-11, 2015. The festival was established after one of its major agricultural products, ava or gabi/ taro. Ava served as staple food in the province from simple occasion to festivities and cultural practices and rites like cañao. The festival will gather people from 13 its barangays to open with a thanksgiving Mass and agro-industrial fair on December 1 at the municipal grounds. This will be followed by Street Dancing competition on Dec. 2; 1st Tuba Cooperative Convention, Gabi Viand Ibaloi style cooking and gabi cake baking contest on Dec. 3; youth congress and Ava poster making contest on Dec. 6; Farmer’s Congress on Dec. 7; sports activities on Dec. 8; Barangay Day, blood letting and sportsfest on Dec. 9. A parade from Kadmangan to the municipal grounds and culminating program will be held on Dec. 11.
Gaby B. Keith