Grand Ammungan Festival street dance competition

Nueva Vizcaya celebrates natural vibrance at Grand Ammungan Festival

Grand Ammungan Festival street dance competition

The province of Nueva Vizcaya will live up once again to its tagline of “Naturally Vibrant” as it opens the 15th Grand Ammungan Festival to celebrate the province’s 185th founding anniversary.

Bannered by the theme of unity and sustainable development, the festival celebrates the province’s colorful cultural diversity and unprecedented economic progress it has experienced in recent years.

The festival kicked off with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Nueva Vizcaya Travel and Tourism Expo by Tourism Undersecretary Ferdinand Jumapao who represented Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

Kasibu booth at Travel and Tourism Expo

Now on its third year, the Expo features booths from the 15 municipalities, each showcasing their unique fiestas or festivals, tourist attractions, agricultural produce, food products, crafts and souvenir items.

Located at the Provincial Capitol Complex, each town will have a 30-minute presentation on May 22–23 to showcase its music and dance.

According to Grand Ammungan Festival director general and former governor Ruth Padilla, the festivity is a distinct gathering in thanksgiving of 18 indigenous peoples and ethnolinguistic groups who have made the province their home.

American World War II tank at Malico, Sta. Fe

Among these groups are the Ifugao, Gaddang, Isinai, Dumagat, Kalanguya, and Bugkalot tribes which have made the province a cultural potpourri.

Ammungan is a tribal Gaddang word which means coming together or gathering, and is similar to the Ilocano term “ummungan” which has the same meaning.

Meanwhile, Nueva Vizcaya Governor Jose Gambito said that the festival is also an avenue to put the spotlight on its naturally vibrant tourist attractions, such as waterfalls, farm resorts, expansive caves, heritage churches, mountain vantage points, lush eco-parks, and mouth-watering dishes.

Capisaan Cave System in Kasibu
Lower Magat Eco-Tourism Park
Paramotor flying

Adding excitement to this year’s edition is a new event named “Bailes Y Canciones,” which will feature a show choir and creative dance competitions for college students.

Festivalgoers can also look forward to the second edition of the revamped “Mangan! Kulinarya Vizcaya Competition,” which will have three categories—Payabangan sa Kayabang, Viz Baker, and Kapetirya de Vizcaya.

To be crowned with the new “Camia Crown” on May 23 is the Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya which will select the province’s ambassadors of goodwill and tourism.

Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya at Lintungan Waterfalls in Quezon

The celebration climaxes on May 24, with the sought-after street dancing competition to mark the province’s founding day, followed by the Paramotor Festival which will take lucky audience participants to see Nueva Vizcaya from up above.

Curtains fall in the evening with the Grand Ammungan Concert featuring Novo Vizcayano artists, Kristof Garcia, BGYO, The Juans, and Julie Ann San Jose, and capped with a grand fireworks display.

Fringe activities include the Provincial Local Government Unit Night, Art Exhibits by Francisgum and Novo Vizcayano artists, Chalk Street Art, Bonsai Exhibit, Job Fair, Gawang Vizcayano Trade Fair, Pet Festival, and Amusement Bazaar.

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Nueva Viz-Kawa Wellness Farm in Bayombong