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Isabela's Bambanti festival is not just about scarecrows

February 5, 2018 4:14 AM
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The Bambanti festival showcases the province's local products and produce

ILAGAN, Isabela – The province of Isabela held its annual Bambanti Festival from January 22-28. This year's festival theme, Isabela Kong Mahal (Isabela my beloved), saw each municipality and city of the province showing off their creativity in various forms. From the street dances, installations, ecotourism booths, and food contests, the Isabeleños proved that their festival can also be at par with the likes of the Ati-atihan and Sinulog festivals.

Selected members of the media and travel bloggers were treated to the hospitality of the people from the North. Bambanti, or scarecrow in Ilocano, highlights the provinces main produce – corn and rice.

The municipalities and cities showed guests and travelers their creativity through the booths and installations at the Bambanti village. They also got the opportunity to show their products, ranging from fans, red rice, vinegar, corn, and chicharon.

Another highlight of the festival is the Makan Ti and Mainum (the food and beverage contests). Each municipality and town has a representative who is tasked with cooking one dish and a drink, which was judged by well known chefs and restaurant owners from the country, headed by chef Sandy Daza.

The city of Echague won the grand prize for both competitions with their fried sweet and sour sdobo and a drink called Illuru.

A chorale competition was also held, where the Cauayan City took home first prize.


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