NUEVA VIZCAYA: The celebration of the 176th Founding Anniversary of Nueva Vizcaya and its 7th Grand Ammungan Festival kicked off today with activities focusing on the province’s diverse ethnic-culture.
“Ammungan” which means “gathering” in the dialect of the Gaddang people, one of the earliest settlers in the province, is a celebration of different practices, tradition and custom.
Governor Ruth Padilla said Ammungan showcases beauty and unity in diversity among the varied ethnic groups in the province.
The celebration’s activities seeks to gather the multi-ethnic Novo Vizcayanos such as the Isinai, Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Iwak, Gaddang, Bugkalot, Kankanaey, Ikalahan, Iwak, Ifugao including lowland inhabitants such as the Ilocanos, Tagalogs, Pangasinenses.
“The festival being centered on indigenous peoples, ethno-linguistic groups who call Nueva Vizcaya their own home have their unique contribution and participation in the Ammungan festival. We have the youth, professional, parents, elderly, people with disabilities, children, pets, farmers and fishermen who will join us,” Padilla said.
She explained that in line with the preservation and propagation of the indigenous culture in the province, the elders of each ethnic group were consulted in their participation.
“The consultation has to do with the authenticity of the group’s rhythm of the music with their dance movements as well as right enhancement of the ethnic attires among other aspects of our indigenous culture and traditions,” Padilla said.
This year’s celebration which carries the theme “Gapuanan ti Namnama” includes other activities at the Capitol Grounds in Bayombong town like Indigenous Peoples Day, Street Dancing Competition and Showdown, That’s my Lolo/Lola, Kuligligan Float Competition, Talent Contest, Agri-Trade Fair, Jobs Fair, Cultural Balikbayan Night and the popular beauty contest called “Search for Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya.”
The province is considered the “Citrus Capital of the Philippines” due to its orange plantation in the Malabing Valley in Kasibu while Aritao is known as the “Onion Capital of Cagayan Valley” and Kayapa town is Region 2’s “Vegetable Bowl.”