Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya – Villagers in barangay La Torre North here recently conducted a food festival showcasing the favorite native delicacy in the community.
Wilma Baliton, Director – General of the 4th ‘Linapet’ (Glutinous Rice Cake) Festival said more than 500 rice cakes were produced sometime in December last year for sharing among the villagers.
“This festival is part of culture among the villagers in our barangay which is mostly composed of Ilocanos and other tribes. By sharing the food, we strengthen our unity and camaraderie as Filipinos,” she said.
Baliton added that last year’s ‘Linapet’ Festival featured the food delicacy inside open native huts where visitors and villagers can eat for free.
The festival, she further said also offered fun and excitement with the conduct of parlor games and ‘Linapet’ eating contests among children and adults.
Baliton also expressed optimism and gratitude for the strong support of the community and sponsors for helping them in reviving the forgotten cultural festival.
According to Baliton, the previous ‘Linapet’ Festivals also showcased the native rice cake as decorations on street sidewalks, a Christmas Tree and simply shared to the villagers.
“We will do this again in 2019 as a way of preserving our cultural practices which also served as a source of livelihood of our forefathers before,” she said.