Pomp & Pageantry in 54th Kabinnulig Festival …FRONTPAGE

It’s all systems go for the three-day Kabinnulig Festival 2017 with the usual beauty, pomp and pageantry, camaraderie in sports, display of abundance showcasing local products in float competition and agro-trade exhibit and other cultural activities culminating the 54th Foundation Day of Flora on June 22.

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     The Search for Libnos Ti Flora is back in this year’s program after organizers skipped this instant crowd drawer in 2016.

     This year’s winner will be the successor to reigning queen Normie Alawin, who ended-up as first runner-up in the Dayag ti Apayao pageant during the Apayao Day celebration in Kabugao last February.

     Contestants from nine clustered agencies/sectors must be female, single, 18-21 years old and other qualifications to be determined by the Committee on Libnos ti Flora 2017 headed by  SB Member Aniceta Cacacho and Gladys L. Blas.


By tradition, the Search will be the finale program for the annual town fiesta to be held on the evening of June 22 at the festival’s main venue at Dr. Efren U. De San Jose Memorial Sports Center.


All 16 barangays must join the Carabao Contest with one male carabao entry. This is one of the main highlights of the Kabinnulig Festival since its inception in 2005. Non-participating barangay will be penalized P5,000.

Categories to be competed are healthiest carabao, racing and best in attire/costume.

A farmer from San Jose won the racing event last year while the healthiest carabao came from Bagutong.

SB Member Clapton R. De San Jose and Poblacion East Chairman and LnB Vice President and ex-officio SB Member Manny Biggayan are the heads of the committee on carabao contest scheduled on the morning of June 21 at the FNHS oval.


All four secondary schools of Flora will be competing anew in street dancing to be sponsored by clustered barangays.

Defending champion Mayor Ricardo De San Jose Comprehensive National High School (MRDCNHS) is sponsored by Sta. Maria, Balluyan, Malayugan and Mallig. Allig National Arts and Trade High School (ANATHS) will handled by Allig, Anninipan, San Jose and Malubibit Sur).

Poblacion East, Tamalunog, Malubibit Norte and Bagutong will take charge of Flora National High School (FNHS) while Poblacion West, Balasi, Atok and Upper Atok will carry St. Joseph’s High School (SJS).

The committee to handle the program for the street dance contest had been assigned to the DepEd. Each group should have 40 students.

Competitions will be held on the morning of June 22.


One of last year’s instant hit was the indigenous games, a brainchild of IPMR Richard De San Jose. Competitions include chopping of firewood, rice-milling, palo-sebo, tug-of-war, archery, cutting of lumber through a backing saw.

It is expected to draw big crowd again in its second year when folks from the different tribes of Flora compete on the afternoon of June 20 at the Municipal Hall grounds.


Two-time winner Barangay Balasi will try to keep the title for a third consecutive year in the Kabinnulig Float Contest, which will kick-off the town fiesta on the morning of June 20 with the floats from all 16 the assembly point at the public market, passing through the old market and municipal gymnasium to be stationed at the display point in front of the Municipal Hall, where judging will be done.

The Agro-Industrial Fair and Exhibit will be opened after the float parade and will continue up to the final day of festival. The committee heads for this activity are SB Member David Tabbaban Jr. and Engr. Jean Agustin.


A Food Fair will be held after the float parade in a display of abundance, goodwill and generosity. This will be opened to the public and for FREE during lunch time when honored guests, visitors, organizers and the public will partake the food prepared by the Committee on Food Preparation headed by SB Member Jessie Pascua and Food Server Committee headed by Miralyn Cascayan.


The different barangays will also compete in modern dance for women after the Welcome Ball on the evening of June 20 at the gymnasium.

Each barangay will have a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 participants. Non-participating barangay will be penalized P10,000.


Elementary pupils will be competing in ballroom dancing on the evening of June 21. DepEd is tasked to coordinate this activity.


Volunteers from the health sector will be conducting again medical and dental activities for the public free on June 21 at Flora Training Center.


In sports, a fun cycling will be held on the morning of June 21with the starting line at Malekkeg (via Sta. Marcela) to the finish line in front of the Flora Municipal Hall along Sampaguita St.

Regular sports events including basketball and volleyball will start weeks before the actual town fiesta.

Championships games will be held in the afternoon of June 20 for the volleyball and June 21 for basketball.

Poblacion West took all three titles in men’s basketball, women and men’s volleyball last year.

An acrobatic show is also included in the proposed activities.     The organizing Municipal Development Council chaired by the Local Chief Executive held a pre-planning during a joint-executive-legislative meeting and the MDC finalized the program on May 5.

The theme for this year’s town fiesta is still being readied with DepEd assigned for this.

The deadline of submission of budget proposals from each committee was last May 10 but the total amount for the conduct of this year’s town fiesta has not yet been determined. The list of the heads of the various steering committees chaired by Vice Mayor Jessica L. De San Jose is on page 4. KN



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