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2023 Bambanti Festival celebration kicks off

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela (PIA) - - The 2023 Bambanti Festival celebration has officially started today led by the Vice Governor and Director-General Faustino G. Dy III together with officials from the provincial government and local chief executives from different municipalities and cities of this province.

Dy said the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted to the suspension of celebration for two years but, now, the Bambanti Festival is backed with the active participation of the municipal and city officials.

“This Bambanti Festival is a thanksgiving activity as recognition to the contribution of our farmers on our province’s economic growth wherein the City of Ilagan was declared as corn capital of the country, the town of San Mateo as Mongo Capital of the Philippines and the province with rice surplus where it is supplying rice to Metro Manila,” Dy said.

This year’s celebration commence on January 23, 2023 and will end on January 28, 2023.

Before the formal opening of the 2023 Bambanti Festival, a thanksgiving mass was conducted attended by Provincial, City and Municipal officials from the province.

The Bambanti Village was officially opened through a ribbon cutting led by Vice Gov. Dy and DOT Regional Director Troy Alexander Miano.

Dy, together with his wife Mary Anne Dy, went one after the other in the ribbon cutting to the Bambanti booths where 34 LGUs joined in showcasing their local products and giant scarecrows.

The 2023 Bambanti Festival formally commences on January 23, 2023 led by Vice Gov. and Director General Faustino G. Dy III. (Photo from PIA Isabela)

The agri-ecotourism booths were also officially opened where various local products from the cities and municipalities are displayed for the public to buy and appreciate.

In the succeeding days, more activities will be conducted to be witnessed and participated in by Isabeleños like fun bike, jobs fair, music festival, coronation of Queen Isabela winners, fireworks display, cooking contest, creative attire exhibits, street dance parade competition, festival dance showdown competition and several others.

Dy urged all Isabelenos and visitors to come and witness this year’s Bambanti Festival to enjoy the fun during the week-long celebration. (OTB/MGE / PIA Isabela) 

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