LAOAG CITY, February 8 (PIA) – Malacañang has declared February 10 as a special non-working day in Laoag City in time for its annual Pamulinawen Festival.
Proclamation Order No. 704, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, also cited the day as feast of Laoag’s patron St. William the Hermit.
“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Laoag be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” Ochoa said.
The festival's highlights are street-dancing and pageantry, ‘Dulang’ (Food) and Calesa festival including dances and music.
Through the years, the Pamulinawen fiesta has evolved into a popular festival showcasing Ilocano culture in dances and drama with the coomunity’s participation.
It has become an occasion for family reunions and school homecomings, beauty pageant, street dancing, balikbayan nights, and Ilocano stage plays.
This year's theme, "Steadfast” describes the city’s present state as it swiftly moves forward to be one of the key cities across the country. (MCA/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)