Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija – The weekend is full of colors and festivities as it successfully held the HARVEST FESTIVAL 2019 aims to gathered all the local festivities of 5 cities and 27 municipalities in Nueva Ecija in one big Festival of all Festivals celebration held on Saturday and Sunday (Sept 28 and 29) at SM Megacenter and SM City Cabanatuan respectively.
On Saturday, the town of Zaragoza bags the 1st Place in Festival Costume Competition among 10 others who joined. A lass in gown made of abaca with bundle palay and rice grains representing the local government unit of Zaragoza was created by a local designer Enoc Aliga.
Carolyn Licup, assistant mall manager said featured works of the best designers from cities and municipalities in the province as the event was designed to uplift tourism and the so-called “One Town, One Product “(OTOP) of each local government unit (LGU).
“The ladies ramped with gowns made of local and indigenous materials that popular and can be found in their presented towns,” Licup said.
On Sunday, the town of Pantabangan bags the championship on Street Dance Competition among other five groups. Wearing very vibrant colorful constumes and props the dancers from Brgy. Malbang gave their best dancing stint and happy faces during the competition.
Jay Ar Padilla, assistant mall manager said that SM is really working hard for this project so that in the next coming years this will be a tourism attraction in the province.
“Nueva Ecija is a huge province and each cities and municipalities has its own unique culture, talent and creativity that we think is world class that can be properly gathered in one big celebration and promoted as a destination for local and international tourist every September” said Padilla.
The event was internationally awarded at Stevie Awards in Singapore last year and will continue to bags awards on the next coming years because of the hardwork and dedication of the people behind this project.
“We are encouraging more participants next year with the support of their local government units because as we work together everything is possible” Padilla added.
The event was graced by Mr. Armando Giron a tourism advocate and former Vice Chairman of Nueva Ecija Council for History, Culture and the Arts, Department of Trade and Industry provincial director Bridiga Pili and tourism officers in Nueva Ecija.