Currrimao claims 2nd “Tan-ok” championship

The “Dinaklisan Festival” of the Municipality of Currimao claimed its second championship title at the Tan-ok ni Ilocano 2023: The Festival of Festivals held at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium in Laoag City on February 24.

Over 50,000 attendees composed of national and local officials, balikbayan, guests, and visitors were amazed by the coastal town’s performance, which depicted the serenity of rural communities and the efforts of parents who would go to see their child pursue a career other than fishing.

The show began with a scene portraying a fisherman, his wife, and their only son. The family witnessed the hardships of living along the coast. As a result, the fisherman would wish that his son pursue a different livelihood.

Later, it depicted the fisherman’s son aspiring to follow in his father’s footsteps after witnessing the “beauty” of his father’s job. He then proved and discovered that life beneath the water is more abundant than life above.

The fisherman eventually recognized that he should not hinder his child’s happiness, thus he cherished his child’s dreams.

“Ilocos Norte, our home, is a little province of just over 600,000 people. We are popular for our natural attractions, cultural heritage, and frugal, but more importantly, hardworking people. We are a proud, unified people who have made our province into what it is now. Nabileg, naandur, ken natan-ok (stronger, more resilient, and greater home),” Governor Marcos Manotoc remarked in his message.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. graced the festival night as the guest of honor.

“I could not find the better time to visit Ilocos Norte but to join in celebrating the ‘Tan-ok ni Ilocano [2023]: The Festival of Festivals’ to show off to the world the best that Ilokano can offer. It is always with great pleasure that we see the different municipalities and cities of Ilocos Norte coming together in one grand event to showcase with pride and with vigor, our history, and our cultural heritage.”

Currimao received Php 1, 000, 000.00 as the grand prize. Meanwhile, the municipality of Carasi’s “Magdadaran Talip Festival” which finished second, and the city of Batac’s “Fiesta Empanada,” which placed third, received Php 500, 000.00 and Php 300,000.00, respectively.

All 23 contingents were judged according to theme or concept, 25%; choreography, 20%; performance, 25%; costume and props, 20%; and originality, 10%. The panel was composed of eight experts in dance, festivals, indigenous culture, theater production and visual arts, tourism, and cinematography.

This year’s members of the “Tan-ok” selection committee were Mr. Noel Daquioag, Provincial Tourism Officer of Davao Del Norte; Mr. Lyle Eymard Villaghermosa and Mr. Rommel Padillo Serano, members of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group; and Mr. Michael Ryan Pea Astom, president of the Tour Guides of Ilocos Sur, Inc.

Also on the panel were Mr. Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann, vlogger; Mr. Ohm David, resident and technical director of Dulaang UP; and Mr. Mitoy Sta. Ana, award-winning production designer. It was chaired by Ms. Marie Venus Q. Tan, Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Promotions Board.

Other winners of this year’s Tan-ok were: the Municipality of Piddig’s “Basi Festival” (5th Runner Up), the City of Laoag’s “Pamulinawen Festival” (4th Runner Up), the Municipality of Nueva Era’s “Tadek Festival” (3rd Runner Up), the Municipality of Vintar’s “Siwawer Festival) (2nd Runner Up), and the Municipality of Adams’ “Ginginnubat Festival” (1st Runner Up).

Recipients of minor awards were the Municipality of Currimao for “Best Production Design,” the Municipality of Adams for “Best in Festival Music,” the Municipality of Dumalneg for “Best in Festival Video,” and Mr. Kenneth Wayne Vinluan and Ms. Judelea Pucan-Puyot of the City of Batac City for “Best Festival Male and Female Performers.”

This year’s Tan-ok is special as it marks a triumphant return after three years and the highlight of the province’s 205th Foundation Anniversary.

Featured photos taken from Ilocos Norte Tourism Office

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