Villasis celebrates 11th Talong Festival
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- It may pale in attendance of townspeople and balikbayans (expatriates) as compared to past years’ celebration, but the 11th Talong Festival as one of the nine day activities of the town’s town fiesta was a success. Ermalyn Bajit, a school teacher of San Nicolas National High School, models a gown of violet and green, the colors of Villasis town’s major agricultural produce – eggplant. The gown is adorned with cubed squash, string brings, okra, shallots, ampalaya leaves and others.
At 5:30 in the morning of January 20, municipal officials led by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica and the fiesta’s Executive Committee led by Vice Mayor Jesus Franco A. Sison converged infront the municipal hall for the live coverage of the event by ABS-CBN’s “Umaga Kay Ganda” hosted by Ms. Gretchen Ho.
It was a nostalgic event during which previous Talong Festival activities were featured like the “longest grill” of 2001, 101 Ways to Cook Talong, street dancing and “pinakbet sa kawa.”
” The Festival’s activities have not changed. This year we featured the Christmas Lanterns inspired by Talong Festival and made out of recycled materials. The ‘Pinakbet sa Kawa’ is still a part of the festival bu not a contest this year. The cooked “pinakbet” shall be partaken of by the village people who will be visiting the booths of their barangays,” Mayor Abrenica said.
The reigning beauties of Mrs. Villasis 2017 were also featured composed of Ms. Elizabeth Bulatao Orbizo of Rome, Italy as Queen, Ms. Lina Merida Primicias of Hongkong, China as First Princess and Ms. Tess Perez Evangelista of Milpitas, California, USA as 2nd Princess.
After the televised coverage of Talong Festival in the morning, the folk dancing spectacle was demonstrated by elementary schools at the Villasis Grandstand.
At 1:00 in the afternoon, the cooking competition started where “talong” as the main ingredient was focused. The winning recipes will be included in the coffee table book “101 Ways on How to Cook Talong”.
Street dancers stomped off their feet and swayed to the rhythm of music for the street dancing. High schools in the town competed with each other on dramatizing ” talong production” through their dances and props.
Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School romped off with the first prize of “Street Dancing” followed by Piaz National High School and Unzad National High School.
At 6:00 in the evening, a public concert was held at the Villasis Gymnasium featuring Arci Muñoz and the Sponge Cola.
The Talong Festival was capped by fireworks display sponsored by the municipal government.
Time for a break.
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