LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA) — The annual Adivay Festival 2021 in celebration of the 121st Benguet Foundation Anniversary will proceed this year but minus the traditional grand canao and other fanfare in compliance with the health and safety protocols for COVID-19.
Governor Melchor Diclas said the celebration this year will be part of the recovery process of the province and the people of Benguet while still faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will showcase that people should learn to live with the situation.
Diclas explained that activities will still be limited and restricted and most of the traditional activities are suspended for public safety. Suspended events include the placement of booths featuring the products and people of each municipality, trade fairs, concerts, horseback competition and riding, among others.
The Adivay festivities will kick off on Monday, Nov. 8, with an ecumenical service followed by the kick off program at the capitol grounds.
On Nov. 23, which is the Benguet Foundation Day, traditional rituals geared towards healing and recovery will be held at the Benguet Sports Center Gymnasium.
Among the activities lined up for the month-long celebration include the Man Alibay ed Dontog at the Mount Ulap in Ampucao, Itogon; skills and sports competition, and the Biggest Loser Challenge, and the Kumusta Ka, Man-Adivay Kita which is a personal resilience program for employees.
Mental health and awareness program for employees and the public is also in the planned activities.
Online events include Adivay Unplugged or an online acoustic singing competition, jobs fair and battle of the bands.
The provincial government will also be conducting the Adivay Vaccination Caravan or the mobile vaccination to be rolled out in the municipalities. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)