I n d i g e n o u s Games:

Instant crowd drawer 

Vol. 1 Issue No. 6, JUNE 2016… page 12-13

The Indigenous Games became one of the biggest hits of the 2016 KABINNULIG FESTIVAL as it drew a huge crowd at the Flora Town Hall ground on June 21.

Members of the different tribes of the municipality competed in several events including regular home works such as chopping of firewood, rice-milling; traditional games like palo sebo and tug-of-war and archery and even the old way of cutting lumber for carpentry purposes which is by using a backing saw.

Archery was an instant favorite featuring three Agta men, who competed against each other by using a home-made bow-and-arrow.      Each had given the chance to hit a chicken that was tied from about 12 meters and after several tries, Felix Umayam from Bagutong prevailed over two other challengers from Balasi.

In tug-of-war, a five-man team of Kalinga Tribe overpowered a team of Ybanag by winning twice in the best-of-three final showdown.

Three Isnag women topped the rice-milling or Agbayu contest beating two other teams of Ybanag and Kalinga. Kankanaey tribe men Nelson Angadol and Joel Rimando defeated their competitors in the backing saw challenge by registering a time of 54.66 seconds.

Slower by a fraction of a second was Team Ybanag, which placed second with a time of 55.22 seconds while third placer Team Tingguian clocked one minute and 30 seconds.

The other teams were Agta (2:25.00), Isnag (1:35.20) and Kalinga (1:30.00).

Angadol later went on to grab the Agbalsig challenge (chopping of firewood) by beating three other tribe men — Kalinga, Ybanag and Isnag, in a two-minute contest.

After they both chopped 15 pieces, Angadol piled-up a total of 45 while Kalinga’s Julito Pais managed with 22 in the tie-break match.

Three teams of women showed the big crowd how rice is made in the olden days in the Agbayu contest or the traditional rice-milling through their bare hands using the al-o and the alsong.

The winning team of Isnag composed of Rosemarie Nicolas, Esther Heralde and Emma Patayan had the fastest clocking of six minutes and 57 seconds to finish-off the one kilogram of palay.

A team of Ybanag women closed out with 6:59 and Kalinga with 7:18.

Ybanag youngster Jayman Mariano took home the pot in the palo sebo after several tries.

Members of the different tribes as well community folks and municipal employees and public officials led by Mayor Rodolfo B. Juan, Vice Mayor Jessica De |San Jose and Members of the Sangguniang Bayan turned-in to witness the show.

All contestants were rewarded with corresponding cash prizes.

The other teams were Agta (2:25.00), Isnag (1:35.20) and Kalinga (1:30.00).

Angadol later went on to grab the Agbalsig challenge (chopping of firewood) by beating three other tribe men — Kalinga, Ybanag and Isnag, in a two-minute contest.

After they both chopped 15 pieces, Angadol piled-up a total of 45 while Kalinga’s Julito Pais managed with 22 in the tie-break match.

Three teams of women showed the big crowd how rice is made in the olden days in the Agbayu contest or the traditional rice-milling through their bare hands using the al-o and the alsong.

The winning team of Isnag composed of Rosemarie Nicolas, Esther Heralde and Emma Patayan had the fastest clocking of six minutes and 57 seconds to finish-off the one kilogram of palay.

A team of Ybanag women closed out with 6:59 and Kalinga with 7:18.

Ybanag youngster Jayman Mariano took home the pot in the palo sebo after several tries.

Members of the different tribes as well community folks and municipal employees and public officials led by Mayor Rodolfo B. Juan, Vice Mayor Jessica De |San Jose and Members of the Sangguniang Bayan turned-in to witness the show.

All contestants were rewarded with corresponding cash prizes.

 

    

    

    

 

 

 

    

    

    

 

 

 

 

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KABINNULIG NEWS is published monthly by the Municipality of Flora, Apayao with temporary editorial office at the 2nd Floor of the Legislatura Building. Contributors are welcomed. Comments and suggestions are also accepted provided that it will uphold moral standards. Letters should be addressed to the Editor. Senders must indicate their name and contact number.
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