April 8, 2017

Gotad Ad Kiangan Festival 2017 To Happen On April 29 To May 3

The local government of Kiangan in Ifugao has set the dates for the town's upcoming Gotad Ad Kiangan Festival. The highly-anticipated celebrations will be held from April 29 (Saturday) until May 3 (Wednesday). The theme for this year's festivities is: "Mun-ammung, Mun-am-amlong, Mi-ohha Taku Te Gotad Ad Kiyangan". [English translation: "We Gather, We Celebrate, We Unite Because It Is Gotad Ad Kiangan"]

On the first day of the festival, the following events will be held: walkathon, fun bike, and basketball competition. These will be done in the morning. In the afternoon, a thanksgiving mass will be held. The basketball games will be continued if there's more time.

Events on April 30:
1. Cultural parade
2. Opening Program
3. Opening of the agro-industrial fair
4. Basketball and volleyball games
5. Cultural events and contests in Holyat, Baltung, and A-apo

Events on May 1:
1. Kolong di Nuwang (butchering of the carabao)
2. Gottadan and Dog-al (traditional rituals)
3. Opening Program
4. Native dance competitions on the Dinnuy-a, Pagaddut, and Bhutageh
5. Baklen di Bimmoble
6. Ethnic games on Guyyudan, Akkad, Caba race, Uggub, Bultung, Hinnukting, Hanggul, Going to Gotad, Kadang-Kadang, and Batawil relay race
7. Theater and ethnic ensemble competition

Events on May 2:
1. Marathon in G-strings
2. Ball and ethnic games
3. Launching of the Kiangan Go Negosyo Center

Events on May 3:
1. Neo-ethnic street dancing
2. Ball and ethnic games championship matches
3. Awarding of prizes
4. Closing program
5. Evening concert
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Fast Fact: Kiangan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ifugao. The latest census showed that it has a population of around 17,000 people. It has fourteen (14) barangays namely Ambabag, Baguinge, Bolog, Bokiawan, Dalligan, Duit, Hucab, Julongan, Lingay, Mungayang, Nagacadan, Pindongan, Poblacion, and Tuplac.