Ilocanos converge for 3rd 'Tan-ok ni Ilocano' Festival of Festivals

"Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of festivals," Ilocos Norte’s biggest cultural festivity returns to promote northern wonders.

The most anticipated third installment of the biggest dance festival showdown up north was held on December 6, Friday, at Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium, Laoag City.

The event is created to unite all the provinces’ 21 municipalities and 2 cities by giving them a venue to showcase their respective festival dances. 

These dances reflect their unique culture whether in products, livelihood, history, religion, tradition, natural heritage or the combination of all.

Since its debut last 2011, Tan-ok has been gathering thousands of spectators. The crowd usually includes visitors from neighboring provinces, tourists as well as television celebrities and respected personalities from the world of culture and the arts.

Batac City’s Empanada Festival which was the champion during the first year of Tan-ok displayed some astonishing pirouettes as performers reenact the creation of giant ‘empanadas’, the famous Ilocano orange-colored Ilocano snack.

Besting them during the third year of Tan-ok is Laoag City’s Pamulinawen Festival whose performers nailed the folk-ballet plus acrobatic interpretation of the traditional Ilocano courtship, wowing the audience with colossal props and a giant mechanical ‘kalesa’.

Other remarkable presentations were by the municipality of Banna which paraded its ant mascots to showcase the townsfolk’s art of harvesting ‘abuos’ or ant eggs to be served as an exotic delicacy; the highlighting of the ceremonial dance, Tadek of Nueva Era; the religious ‘ash marking’ echoed in the age-old Guling-Guling of Paoay; the revelry of fishing vocation displayed in Dinaklisan of Currimao.

Here is the complete list of winners:

1st Runner-up: Tadek Festival of Nueva Era
2nd Runner-up: Empanada Festival of Batac City

3rd Runner-up: Talugading ti Siwawer Festival of Vintar
4th Runner-up: Panag-Abuos Festival of Banna
5th Runner-up: Bawang Festival of Pinili
6th Runner-up: Guling-Guling Festival of Paoay
7th Runner-up: Dinaklisan Festival of Currimao

SEE PHOTOS: Tan-ok ni Ilocano | Festival of Festivals 2013


Grand Champion - Pamulinawen Festival

1st Runner Up - Tadek Festival

2nd Runner-up - Empanada Festival

Talugading ni Siwawer Festival - Vintar

Panag-Abuos Festival - Banna

Bawang Festival - Pinili

Guling-Guling Festival - Paoay

Panagwawagi Festival - Dumalneg

Kurarapnit Festival - Pagudpud

Bado-Badoc Festival - Badoc

Dinaklisan Festival - Currimao

Magdadaran Talip Festival - Carasi

The Legend of Dingras - Dingras

Bac-Bacarra Festival - Bacarra

Carayuman Festival - Bangui

Gameng Festival - Solsona

Binakol Festival - Sarrat

Damili Festival - San Nicolas

Mannalon Festival - Marcos

Rambak ken Saplid ti Arak - Adams

Panagsana Festival - Pasuquin

Basi Festival - Piddig

Saniata Festival - Burgos

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos gave her message to formally open the Third Tan-Ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals.

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