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:

CHAMPION: PAMULINAWEN FESTIVAL OF LAOAG CITY
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

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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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