Catanduanes ready for first Abaca Festival
A skills Olympics, a trade fair and a parade highlight the upcoming first Abaca Festival in Catanduanes on May 23-27.
The Philippine News Agency quoted Gov. Araceli Wong as saying that the festival seeks to recognize the importance of the abaca industry to the province’s development and the island’s potentials as an eco-tourism destination.
On May 23, an inaugural program at the Capitol grounds will open the festival, featuring the trade fair and travel expo, and a street dance parade and showdown.
May 24 will feature the Skills Olympics, launching of abaca farm tramline, abaca stripping contest and technology demonstration.
A jobs fair and longest abaca fiber contest will be held on May 25.
On May 26, there will be an investment forum on the prospects of an abaca pulp factory, a rope-making contest and an abaca techno demo.
The festival will close on May 27 with a parade and an abaca garments fashion show cum Flores de Mayo.
Abaca is the top agricultural commodity of Catanduanes because of its resilience to typhoons and drought.
Catanduanes, which located on the eastern seaboard, is the first province to suffer from typhoons coming the Pacific Ocean.