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Sto. Nino Fiesta and 5th Baka Festival are must-see events in Cagayan Valley Region this January 2009

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office here is inviting visitors to come and join the most exciting festivals to be undertaken this month in the Cagayan Valley Region.

These festivals include the Feast of the Sto. Nino Shrine at San Gabriel Village in Tuguegarao City which features a nine-day novena on Jan. 8-16 in honor of the Child Jesus.

Other highlights of the festivity include the most-awaited Sto. Nino “Carosa” (or carriage) Parade on Saturday, Jan. 17, to be participated in by hundreds of Sto. Nino devotees carrying beautifully-dressed Sto. Nino images displayed in different types of showcase. The parade passes through the main streets of the city starting from the provincial grandstand.

Sto. Nino devotees from the 49 barangays of Tuguegarao City are expected to join the “Carosa” parade.

The Sto. Nino images will stay overnight inside the shrine and will be collected by their owners after the Mass the following morning, or on Jan. l8.

Also on Jan. l8, Sunday, there will be a street dancing competition wherein the barangays within the Sto. Nino Parish will be competing. This will be followed by a Children’s Festival hosted for the less fortunate children in the afternoon. aljon214

The Sto. Nino Parish barangays which will be competing for the best “carosa” and street dancing competitions are Buntun, Pallua, Bagay, San Jose Village, and San Gabriel Village, all of Tuguegarao City.

Other activities to be conducted in the parish include a Mass Wedding and Mass Baptism.

Meanwhile, San Pablo town in Isabela will highlight its Pastoral Fiesta with the 5th “Baka Festival on Jan. 12-15.

Home to some 20 ranches, San Pablo is a proud producer of quality beef which is being sold all over the region and in Metro Manila.

This year, fresh beef meat, fruits, vegetables and other delicacies will be sold at the trade fair area in front of the historical San Pablo Church during the four-day event.

Exciting events like beauty pageant, native outdoor games, street dancing parade and a rodeo at a specially designed rodeo arena also await visitors.

The previous year’s rodeo was graced by TV personality Mark Logan and the coverage was shown on local and national television.

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