Catanduanes’ Abaca Festival focuses on farmers’ families

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This year’s Abaca Festival in Catanduanes will center on abaca farmers’ families, the provincial government said.

The fourth iteration of Abaca Festival this year will carry the theme “Tibay nin Abaca, Kusog nin Pamilya, Orgullo kan Isla.”

“We will focus on abaca farmers’ family. These abaca farmers who have risen from poverty and their successful stories all over the province – how victorious they are after all the trials. That is the main theme of our festival,” said Provincial Board Member incent V. Villaluna, Provincial Board Member.

Villaluna is this year’s festival chairman.

The Festival will open on May 27 through a thanksgiving mass at Immaculate Conception Cathedral to be followed by the Trade and Tourism Fair at Capitol Grounds.

Several activities are lined up for the annual event such as the float parade competition dubbed as “Karosa in Abaca.”

There will also be an Abaca Summit as proposed by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg) to be held at the Catanduanes Convention Center.

“Topics about the abaca industry in the local and international landscapes and the proposed Provincial Ordinance on quality abaca fiber sustainability will be discussed by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority,” the province said.

Meanwhile, a special recruitment activity and job fair will be also be conducted.

The Festival will also feature the street dance competition and showdown. It is open to local government units, schools, national agencies, non-government organizations, government-owned or -controlled corporations, business entities, and any interested group of individuals based in Catanduanes.