Bontoc, the capital town of Mountain Province in Northern Philippines, held its annual festival where ten municipalities of the province gather altogether to celebrate and showcase their cultures and traditions in one place, to share drinks and foods, to share dances and be merry… This is a festival of sharing which is called “Lang-Ay” Festival, which literally means “sharing”.
Here’s a collection of images from the Lang-Ay Festival in Bontoc, Mt. Province:
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1: An elder Tadian, Mountain Province dressed as a traditional farmer poses for photograph before the start of the Lang-Ay Festival street parade.
2: Children dressed in their traditional attire are seen relaxing along the street as they wait for the start of the street parade.
3: Folks from Tadian in Mountain Province awaits the start of the Lang-Ay Festival street parade.
4: Children in their traditional attire uses charcoal to draw letters to their bodies as a part for their presentation at the Lang-Ay Festival street parade.
5: Children from the province of Bauko in Mountain Province are seen in their traditional attires as they walk in lines using their walking stick or lacally called “kadang-kadang”.
6: Participating men and women in their traditional attires assembles along the streets of Bontoc early morning for the preparation of the street parade.
7: A young lad from the province of Sadanga holds one of the special gongs where its handle is made from a human jaw bone during the preparation of the street parade. These gongs were handed down by their ancestors centuries ago, a piece of history where once a head hunting is being practiced long ago.
8: Folks from the province of Paracelis joins the line for the street parade along with their elaborate and colorful traditional clothes.
9: Folks from the province of Paracelis awaits the start of the street parade.
10: An elder woman from the province of Natonin is seen waiting for her fellows during the Lang-Ay Festival street parade.
11: A woman from the province of Natonin affix her elaborate traditional clothes.
12: Young women from Natonin is seen during the start of the street parade.
13: Participants of the Lang-Ay festival street parade awaits during the assembly early morning.
17: An elder woman of Bontoc with “fatek” or traditional Igorot tattoo is seen watching the Lang-Ay street parade.
18: Folks of Paracelis is seen dancing in lines during the Lang-Ay street parade.
19: Elders of Bontoc are seen watching the Lang-Ay street parade.
20: A young Bontoc girl is seen passing through a crowded area as she takes care of her sibling during the Lang-Ay street parade.
21: Folks of Natonin are seen using their cell phones as they wait at the grounds of Bontoc.
22: A young lad in his traditional clothes is seen buying a local ice cream or “sorbetes” as the scorching summer heat hits the province.
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