PUGO, La Union – The local government and the Tinungbo festival organizing committee recently launched the various activities that will highlight the month-long celebration of the 2nd edition of the town’s Tingbo festival that runs from December 11, 2017 to January 21, 2018.
The festival was launched last December 11, 2017 simultaneously with the celebration of the town’s 106th founding anniversary at the municipal hall grounds, followed by the talent portion of the Search for Ms. Pugay.
On December 22, 2017 videoke enthusiasts will have the chance to display their talents during the scheduled Videoke Challenge, followed by the Pasko sa Pugo choral competition barangay category wherein choral groups from the town’s 14 barangays will be competing against each other to celebrate the Yuletide season in the evening of December 23, 2017.
Last year choral groups from the different private and public elementary and high schools in the town joined the Pasko sa Pugo choral competition and showcased their performances that established the festive mood in the municipality for the duration of the festival.
On December 31, 2017 local officials and residents will converge for the so-called Community Night coupled with entertainment through the conduct of the Videoke Challenge from the participants, and will culminate with the presentation of the winners of the choral competition in the elementary, high school and barangay categories.
The elimination round for the Videoke Challenge will be on the evening of January 5, 2017, followed by the pre-pageant night of the Search for Mutya ti Pugo on January 5, 2018
Basketball enthusiasts will showcase their skills and talents during the basketball competition on January 12, 2018, followed by the continuing elimination of the Videoke challenge on the evening of the same day.
The coronation night for the Search for Ms. Pugay will be held on January 13, 2018 while the well-attended Balikbayan and Department of Education Night will be conducted on January 14, 2018.
On January 19, 2018 the schedule will start with the grand civic parade, followed by the opening program, the drum and lyre competition, and the coronation night for the Search for Mutya ti Pugo.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the Tinungbo Cookfest on January 20, 2018, followed by indigenous games or the so-called Laro ng Lahi, and the Hataw Sayaw sa Barangay on the evening of the same day.
The festival will be capped with the grand street dancing competition, participated by contingents from the different private and public schools in the municipality to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the people of Pugo and how the municipality evolved through the years of its existence as a melting pot of highland and lowland culture.
Mayor Priscilla Marrero-Martin extended her invitation for everyone to participate in the town’s crowd-drawing event. By HENT