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13th Lang-Ay Festival Travel Destination Bontoc Philippines

Thursday, June 29, 2017




Mountain Province Golden Anniversary Celebration and 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ties That Bind Ethno-Indigenous Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Mountain Province's grassroots culture and traditions get celebrated through dance and music, original traditional games, exposition of weaves and costumes/heirlooms, and most importantly the meta-physical community spirit called  Sin-pan-gili in their kinship ties and oneness as a group by its various participating municipalities : Tadian, Sagada, Sadanga, Sabangan, Paracelis, Natonin, Bontoc, Besao, Bauko, and Barlig ...

For first timers of the 13th Lang-Ay blog series, I strongly suggest that you click on the following links below first to get situated:

Bontoc Plaza 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines  Lost in the Crowd Mountain Province 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines 
I found myself lost in the crowd as I am unable to locate my photographer colleagues. By chance, I wandered into this part of the Bontoc Plaza. To make the best use of time, I took street style photos. I was so curious that I am being drawn to a powerful magnet like a helpless grain of metal filing to what was happening behind.


I went under the man-made canopy where lots of people were gathered and came to the event marshalls getting everyone to vacate the place as the cultural presentation is about to start.

Ethno-Indigenous Weaves and Pottery Pride of Place 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Most often I take isolation event photo captures and my fancy was drawn to what was laid on the ground which appears to be Mountain Province assorted ethno-indigenous woven basketry and a handmade water jug pottery.

Mountain Province Ethno Indigenous Innocence of Youth Portrait

Whilst I was naturally mingling with the crowd, it was again an opportunity to take event portraits. It was just perfect timing as the canopy we were under acted as a softbox/filter converting the mid-day harsh afternoon light into soft reflective light required for portraitures. Before taking the portraitures, I always say in Ilokano dialect "Pictyuran ka. Wen ah 1-2-3!" - "I'll take your photo, Yes! 1-2-3!" in a friendly and assertive tone/manner. Most of the time, I just let anyone's natural reaction be what my camera captures. No photo coaching. This first portrait is one of my favorites, as this ethno-indigenous Mountain Province young child was just surprised but willing for this ephemeral shutter session.
Mountain Province Ethno Indigenous Smile of Youth Portrait
Instant, quick and fast reflexes are needed as I move and shoot portraiture subjects. This time with an 18-35mm lens so I can switch and not miss group shots.

Wiggling My Way Into the Arena 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
After a brief visit to a nearby cafe's comfort room, I immediately went back and by this time the cultural presentation has already started. I found myself unable to immediately go back to a strategic area to photo-document as the thick crowd was evident. So, I managed to patiently humbly squeeze myself amongst the crowd. I dressed up looking like a media reporter so that helped.  
Nearing the Cultural Arena 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Made it! Now I found myself in the middle of the stage. Still where I stood at was not favorable in capturing what was happening in the middle of the arena.
At the Media Press Wing Cultural Presentation Proper 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines


Luckily, I made it at this part and just came to a wild guess that this was the Media/Press section. I said to myself this has to be one of those days that I use a "thick-face mask" and keep shooting and take the risk of even getting flagged by an Event Marshall. The gods were kind and I received their protection. 

I inched closer to the "arena"  as I was shooting with a wide lens.  
LANG-AY Signage 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
The confluence of Mountain Province's diverse culture, traditions again takes center stage in a cultural presentation of its various municipalities.

FESTIVAL Signage 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno Indigenous Cooperation and Unity 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Bountiful Rice Harvest Dance 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Tribesmen 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Bovine Rush 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Cooperation Arm and Arm 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

A Leader's Call 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Elevate Me Ethno Indigenous Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Community Brothers and Sisters 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Confluence of Youth Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

The Ethno-Indigenous Cluster Song 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Song Oration 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Women On Bended Kness 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Warm Welcome 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Youth Cultural Participants 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Mountain Youth Song 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Youth Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival  Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

On Bended Knees 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines  Protection from the Elements Ethno-Indigenous Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines 

INTERMISSION : LANG-AY CULTURAL GAMES

The Puzzled Chicken Ethno-Indigenous Cultural Games 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines  The Chicken 13th Lang-Ay Festival ontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
The puzzled chicken ... What's goin' on? 


At this juncture is a a surprise intermission portion to make way to a sort of ice-breaker which is a display of homegrown ethno-indigenous cultural games. I realized too late and my bad that I forgot to turn on the audio of my camera when I took the catch the chicken videos.




G Strings and Pasiking 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines


Ethno-Indigenous Youth Cultural Dance Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

13th Lang-Ay Festival Aseembly Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Just Like My Mother and Grandma Taught Me How to Dance Ethno-Indigenous Youth Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ethno-Indigenous Youth Cultural Presentation 13th Lang-Ay Festival Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A lightweight 85mm lens was just enough to reach the performers. 


If you've made it to this part of the blog, here's a bonus of my first successful attempt to do a video documentation (now with audio turned on). I apologize for the technical oversight in the Puzzled Chicken vids above. Here's my newbie short video attempt of the cultural presentation. . Laughs. :P Enjoy! :)

Ethno-Indigenous Man Wearing Wild Mountain Fern Head Dress  © Peter Florendo 13th Lang-Ay Bontoc Mountain Province Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

I continued on with my event portraiture shoots. This is one of my favorites. His head dress is the first that I've ever seen made by natural wild mountain fern. I remember when I was young my late grandfather and I gather wild mountain fern which is used to protect little planted seedlings  from the sun to germinate and keep the soil moist and provide the proper environment conducive for growth/survival. 


It was way past lunch time and I was feeling a little fatigued and dehydrated as my body was sending sweet complaints that just ruled my mind and got me ... I forgot to inquire the other afternoon activities and headed back to the hotel/inn did water therapy and took a short nap/siesta to re-charge. 

Here's what next on the blog ... coming soon ... The 13th Lang-Ay 100 Gongs/Ganza Night ... C'ya ... 😎


Mountain Province Hundred Gongs Night Ethno Indigenous Dance Celebration


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