The biggest movie and television stars dazzled at the Kannawidan Ylocos Festival 2020, filling up PGIS’ 7,000-capacity Tamag Grounds in Vigan City from January 28 to February 9,2020.
“Every Ilocano looks forward to the Kannawidan Festival because it is a grand celebration of our culture. It is a time where every municipality comes together as one to thank God not only for our bountiful harvests but also to celebrate our successes and gains as a Province. Our gratitude extends to all the celebrities who graced this occasion and provided entertainment to the people,” said Governor Ryan Singson.
Seasoned actor Gabby Concepcion, Dimples Romana and Beauty Gonzales of Kadenang Ginto, other talented actors and actresses including Gerald Anderson, Derek Ramsey, Ronnie Alonte, Vin Abrenica including Bianca Umali, Ken Chan, Ashley Ortega, Derrick Monasterio, Ritz Azul, Barbie Imperial, Loisa Andalio, Katarina Rodriguez, Mariz Ozawa, Chef Jose Sarasola and Joseph Marco greeted the Ilocanos.
Jericho Rosales, Paolo Ballesteros, Kristine Reyes, Jameson Blake, JC De Vera, and Erich Gonzales serenaded fans in the jampacked open field. Also present was rap master Andrew E. who made the crowd wild with his hit songs, while Parokya ni Edgar, Silent Sanctuary, Ben and Ben, IDOLLS, Kaye Cal, The Juans, December Avenue, Skusta Clee, and Jk Labajo and his band rocked the Tamag Grounds.
Maja Salvador delighted fans as she interacted with the crowd in the Ilocano dialect during the coronation of the Saniata ti Agtutubo (pageant for 6 to 10 year old girls) and the Kannawidan 2020 Saniata ti Ilocos Sur Beauty Pageant which were both hosted by KC Montero and Isabel Daza. Miko Raval and Enchong Dee also regaled the crowd with their own numbers during these events. The UNP Gym was also packed with basketball-loving celebrities like Onyok Velasco, JC Tiuseco, Joross Gamboa, Mark Herras, Jordan Herrera, Matt Evans, Jason Abalos, Gab Lagman and Dunker David Carlos. They played an exhibition game against Ilocos Sur Team, product of Gov.Ryan’s Cup.
“We try to introduce new highlights every year to make every celebration of the Kannawidan Festival unique, dynamic and fun for the people. Last year, in order to highlight Ilocano creativity and artistry, we held the Tinnatoan 7 Governor Ryan Singson Ilocos Tattoo Expo with our good friends Ricky Sta. Ana, Reynor Palas, and Richard Buenaventura. While this year we are happy to start the “Sagupaan sa Ilocos” boxing event held at the Sto.Domingo People’s coliseum to promote boxing as a sport and discover future athletes,” said Gov.Singson.
The Governor thanked all who supported Kannawidan, Vice Gov.Jerry Singson and all Board Members ,Provincial Administrator Cara Tabios and the whole PGIS Family, LGU’S, National Gov’t Agencies, NGO’s , Media, the Academe, the Religious Sector, the organizers, special projects head Jam Singson, and thousands of volunteers.
Kannawidan Festival mainstay events like the Concelebrated Mass, Procession, Boodle Fight, Fireworks Display and Dancing Drones (new), Various Competitions at the Education Day, Bonsai and Art Exhibit,Dancing Fountain show, Dance Craze, Salisal ti Banda (Battle of the Bands), Street Dancing, Auto Festival, Livestock and Pinaka Contest, Trade Fair, Abel Yloko Fashion Show, Rodeo Event, Traditional Games, Chef Wars, Zarzuela, BHW Day,LGBT Night, Lumba ti Kabalyo, Period Dinner ,Fr.Burgos Awards, Siglat Barangay, Siglat Iskuela, Bingo Bonanza, Rhythm Fest ,Auction for a Cause,Game Fowl Expo,Battle of Ylocos, Siglat Sangguniang awards, Gawad Titong Singson Awards,Titong Singson Youth Leadership Congress, Fun Run, Fun Hike (new),Drag Race, Invitational Motocross Cup,4×4 Challenge (new) were also celebrated and highlighted the two week event. – Robert Louis Pangilinan