Lanao del Norte town coconut festival after 2-year absence
LINAMON, Lanao del Norte, Philippines — After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, this tiny town whose people are mainly dependent on coconuts for livelihood burst into merrymaking on Monday for the ‘Hudyaka sa Lubi’ Festival that celebrates the crop.
The festival coincides with the 63rd founding anniversary of the municipality.
The main highlight was the street dancing showdown participated in by contingents from the town’s eight villages, competing for the P70,000 prize for the festival grand champion, which went to Barangay Samburon.
Other prizes at stake were best in opening production number choreography, best in street dancing, best in solo performance, best in festival queen costume, and the selection of the festival queen.
Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo said the performances encouraged him to revive the province’s participation in the annual Sinulog fest in Cebu City which drives the selection of the best cultural performers from among the schools to form the provincial contingent.
During the festival, the town also showcased its popular buko pie which is a livelihood pursuit mainly undertaken by women.
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