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Tingguian tribe celebrates Tadek Festival

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A decade-old annual celebration showcasing Nueva Era’s rich culture and traditions has started earlier this year as local residents welcomed 2017 in a festive mood.

Being held January 9-12, this year’s Tadek Festival of Nueva Era derived from the Tingguian tribe’s cultural dance highlights a variety show of local talents participated in both by young and old generations.

MB FILE - Performers of the Tadek Festival Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte capture the attention of thousands of tourists, visitors and residents when they showcase native ritual practices during the 2016 Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals held at the Marcos Stadium, Laoag City. (Freddie G. Lazaro / MANILA BULLETIN)

MB FILE – Performers of the Tadek Festival Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte capture the attention of thousands of tourists, visitors and residents when they showcase native ritual practices during the 2016 Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals held at the Marcos Stadium, Laoag City.
(Freddie G. Lazaro / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Nueva Era’s Got Talent” and a variety show which will be held Tuesday night is an added attraction this year with at least nine competitors representing various organizations in Nueva Era in Ilocos Norte.

Town Vice Mayor Aldrin Garvida said the main event of Tadek Festival that is running for 12 years now, will be on January 11, which is the Community and Tribal Day, showcasing a day with the community, parade of carabao-drawn carrier or the so called “Parada ti karison” and the coronation night of Miss Nueva Era 2017.

The local government of Nueva Era, which is poised to become the next summer capital of Ilocos Norte, has initiated the construction of an eco-cultural park featuring the distinct traditions of the Tingguian community—from tribal huts, tree houses connecting to hanging bridge with swimming pool amenities, and nature hikes.

Established in 2013, the area is a must see place when visiting the province and it is now being flocked to by thousands of local and foreign tourists.

Unknown to many, Nueva Era town located about 43 kilometers from Laoag City is endowed with verdant mountains and crystal clear rivers and it has an upland area with the same climate or probably colder than Baguio nowadays.

A development masterplan is now on its way for the construction of more tourism-related facilities in the area as investors had already committed to partner with the government to lure more visitors into this part of Luzon.

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