Art is king at the 13th Kannawidan Ylocos Festival as Ilocanos showcase their creativity in competitions such as On-the-Spot Visual Art, Comic Illustration, T-Shirt Design, Souvenir Design, and a tattoo expo.
The festival that runs until Feb. 9 aims to encourage and recognize the artistry of the Ilocano people.
The 7th Tinattoan Tattoo Competition held on Feb. 1 and 2 at the Vigan City Convention Center. The tattoo and band festival was sponsored by Gov. Ryan Singson.
Philippine Tattoo Artists Guild (PhilTAG) founder and president Ricky Sta. Ana and PhilTAG officials, as well as known tattoo artists of the country, graced the event organized by PhilTAG Ilocos Sur Chairman Reynor Palas, Jr. and Richard Buenaventura.
Founded in 1995, PhilTAG has since been helping its members by providing training, development, and education programs so that the tattoo artists can earn for their families. The organization also gives its members the opportunity to work abroad and continues to encourage aspiring tattoo artists to know about sanitation and dos and don’ts of being a tattoo artist.
The Kannawidan, a festival that marks the 202nd anniversary of Ilocos Sur becoming an independent province, is a celebration of the culture and attractions of Ilocos Sur province. Festival happenings include a mass at the St. Paul Cathedral in Vigan City, concerts, livelihood training, a beauty pageant, street dancing, fun run, and art competitions.