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The Pansi Festival presents the culture of the Cordillera online


CABAGAN, Isabelle: Women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community paraded their native masks and costumes at the annual Pansi Festival from January 24-27.

Mayor Christopher Mamauag explained that villagers in the town of Cabagan have been celebrating the town’s festival since its founding in 1877. The coronavirus pandemic, however, has limited the celebration online.

The city has organized online socio-cultural activities, which showcase the local version of flour noodles, which the Ibanag dialect calls pansi, he added.

“The cabagueños celebrate the patronal and municipal feast every year as a way of thanking… St. Paul and to showcase the rich culture and hospitable nature of the people, ”he said.

Applicants should be creative in their photo shoot and cultural theme.

Most of the masked participants used corn kernels and leaves, rice stalks, beads, coconut leaves, beads, plastics and other native materials. The winners will receive P 4000 for the first prize, P 3000 for the second and P 2000 for the third at a prize-giving ceremony on February 1.

Special prizes are also awarded for the best use of recycled materials on a mask, the best formal mask and the most innovative mask, while the consolation prizes are set at P 1,000 for each category.

Villagers viewed the event online, filled with Cabagan cooking and photography contests, electronic poems, dance performances, mural and poster-making activities, and musical performances, among others.