Linggo Ng Talakag 2010 officially opened today. It started with a traditional Bukidnon “Pamuhat” at the crack of dawn which unfortunately I missed because I slept in. Then a parade followed at 8:00am which was headed by a motorcade and the Kaamulan dancers, followed by government agencies, civic organisations, schools, and private companies. So many joined the parade; they almost outnumbered the spectators.
After the Opening Program at the plaza, with presentations from the Kaamulan dancers and the schools, the Agro Fair was officially opened by Congressman Pancrudo with “Cutting of the Ribbon” assisted by Mayor Macapayag. I was a bit disappointed that almost half of the Agro Booths/Stalls were still empty by this time. For the rest of the Booths/Stalls that opened for business, not much there either.
A Booth/Stall worth visiting today was the Tourism Booth that displayed Mrs. Flora dela Torre’s traditional Bukidnon costumes and accessories made with beads, coins and bells; the Indigenous People’s Banig mats and bags; Miarayon Pure Coffee; and, of course, the Talakag One Town One Product (OTOP) Carrot Juice.
Another busy Booth/Stall today was the BIGHOOP Livelihood Projects run in conjunction with HELP Foundation by Mr. Keith Hooper with his wife Pat Bigcas. Their products included Kambingan, Barbecue and Handicrafts.
The candidates for Miss Talakag 2010 were also on parade. I later caught up with them at the Municipal Hall while they were rehearsing a dance number they will perform later this week.
Watch out for more news, updates and photos about Linggo Ng Talakag 2010 celebrations.