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Bambanti Festival in Isabela begins, drawing thousands of crowd

Updated: Jan 26, 2023




Isabela, Province – The well-known Bambanti festival in Isabela officially began on Monday, January 23, after a two-year break.


Bambamti is a major crowd-drawing event, gathering thousands of people from different places.

The Bambanti is an Ilocano term for scarecrow, a watch guard in the fields and farms. As described by the Isabela people, said festival is a tourism, trade, investment, and environment project focusing on the development, marketing, and promotion of their Province.


Debuted in 1997, the festival showcased the community life, history heritage as well as its various indigenous world-class products, lifestyle merchandise items, and cuisine as the pride of place.


This year’s festival celebration with the theme "Isabela, Pagharap Sa Bagong Hamon ng Kinabukasan”, recognizes the significant contributions of the farmers to the development of Isabela.


“This Bambanti Festival is a thanksgiving activity as recognition to the contribution of our farmers to our province’s economic growth wherein the City of Ilagan was declared as corn capital of the country, the town of San Mateo as Mongo Capital of the Philippines, and the province with rice surplus where it is supplying rice to Metro Manila,” expressed Vice Governor and Director-General Faustino G. Dy III during the opening of the said event.


Celebration of said festival will end on January 28, 2023.

Activities


Among the highlighted activities in the festival are the Bambanti Village and Agri-ecotourism booth where various local products are displayed for the public.


Other activities include the Queen Isabela Creative attire exhibit, Street dance parade competition, Festival dance showdown competition, music festival at the Queen Isabela Park, Queen Isabela grand coronation night, and grand firework display, among others.


Meantime, government officials in Isabela are inviting neighboring provinces and visitors to come and celebrate the Bambanti Festival with them.

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