NUEVA VIZCAYA HOLDS PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, May 22, 2001 - The Province of Nueva Vizcaya marks its 62nd founding anniversary in a colorful week-long celebration dubbed Panagyaman Festival until May 24 in Bayombong with the theme "Sustaining Linkages on Ecology, Tourism and Agriculture".
According to Governor Rodolfo Agbayani, the festival, which means "thanksgiving", aims to highlight the ecotourism and agriculture potentials of the province.
Events in the festivities include various sporting events such as mountaineering and mountain bike challenge, agro-tourism fairs, a regional Flores de Mayo, Santacruzan, beauty pageants, a rodeo competition, street dancing and a culture and arts night with Tourism Secretary Gordon as guest of honor. A float parade portraying the history of the province will be held onThursday, May 24.
The province, carved out of Isabela, was founded in 1839 by Spanish missionaries and named Nueva Vizcaya (New Vizcayne) after the Spanish town of the same name.
Among its tourist attractions are cave networks with awesome stalactite formations, old churches, enchanting rivers and waterfalls, mountain ranges and tribal settlements of Bugkalots and ilongots.
It is also one of the gateways to Mt. Pulog, the country's second highest peak and the Banaue Rice Terraces, the world's eighth wonder.
For more details, call Tess Sadul, Provincial Tourism Officer at (078) 321-3970 or 321-3898.
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