Luna, Apayao – Instead of its initially planned prizes, seven local government units in Apayao will receive from the provincial government unit a total amount of P7 million for this year’s Say-am Festival booth competition.
Having observed the efforts of the seven towns in erecting their festival booths as seen in their creative designs, Governor Elias Bulut Jr. decided to give each local government a P1 million cash incentive.
Said announcement was told by the governor alongside the grand opening of the Agri-Industrial and Tourism Fair this February 10 at Sitio Payanan, San Gregorio, Luna.
“Congratulations, winner kayo amin. Anya pay lang ngay ti i-judge mo aya met dita? Baka adda pay mapaboran ket agsakit nakem dagiti dadduma. Nagrigrigatan da, pinagbanbannugan da. Sige, sag P1 million kayo amin,” declared the governor.
As recalled, contingents were asked to construct a semi-permanent booth and dress it with their products and landscape with lights depicting the municipality's tourist attractions.
What do their booths look like?
Marcela’s booth depicted the municipality’s famous Bacut Lake, which is home to some freshwater aquatic animals and offers leisure activities including boating, kayaking meditation, and swimming.
It is likewise designed with local produce and products in the area such as palay, corn, and cassava.
For Calanasan, their booth is conceptualized using the design of 'alang' - a Cordilleran hut used as storage of harvested rice. It also depicted their town’s famed Carmela Falls.
Home for the Kabinnulig Festival, Flora’s booth is a bamboo-made booth filled with a variety of ornamental plants perfect for ‘plantitas’. It likewise depicted Pinsal Falls.
For Conner, the LGU engraved the word ‘Seal of Good Local Governance awardee’ in their booth, being a recipient of said award.
Their design meantime was inspired by the new design of their municipal hall's building, the Anito Cave, Anito Falls, and their mining industry.
For Pudtol, their booth depicts what the house of the Isnag looks like and the ruins of Mataguisi church – a church built in the 16th century and one of the remaining historical landmarks in the province.
Luna is home to the famous Lussok Crystal Cave, Manacota Caves, Underground River, and Bayugao Falls, thus, their design depicted those tourist sites.
Meantime, Kabugao, just like Pudtol depicted the traditional Isnag house - which according to them, is one of the sturdiest Filipino houses.
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