PAMULINAWEN FESTIVAL (Laoag, Ilocos Norte)
From Laoag, Ilocos Norte comes a festival which focuses on fishing as an ancient Ilocano practice. The power-charged variety of steps is a faithful metaphor of the elements such as the wind and the sea. The dance expresses the Ilokanos’ industriousness, along with their resilience, bravery, resolve, and a spiritual affinity to their patron saint, William the Hermit. Laoag’s float depicts the process of weaving abel iloko from cotton and other natural fibers. Up to now the fabric is manually woven on pedal-frame looms, and made into bedcovers, pillow cases, place mats, bags, garments, and everything else that the creative Ilokano mind can think of. Just as tourists can see living history at the Gameng Museum in Laoag, the float also carries three “manangs” weaving the threads. The abel has been a major economic factor in the lives of the ilokanos and was once praised by legendary fashion icon Pierre Cardin for its intricate weave. Festival muse – Kate Lao.