Paynauen Duyan Festival
From architectural treasures to Earth Day events, the capital town of Iba in Zambales is pulling out all stops to celebrate its first Paynauen Duyan Festival from April 21 to 24 to mark the capital's 394th foundation day.The four-day celebration will be marked by sporting events, art and cultural shows, a beauty and brains pageant, an agro-industrial fair, variety entertainment shows, and a photo exhibit on local Iba architecture, among others.
Opening on April 21 is the Balitok Nin Iba (Gold of Iba), the ancestral home of Vicente Camara that will serve as the town's interim museum and library. Owned by the first appointed governor of Zambales, the house will be the repository of the town's artifacts and rich cultural heritage. On April 22 a series of nature-oriented activities such as boat race, and sand and sculpture and kite-flying competition will be held in celebration of Earth Day.
The highlight is a parade on April 23 where hundreds of local handicrafts, including the duyan or hammock, will be on show, with participants dressed in costumes made of indigenous materials as they perform a local prosperity and thanksgiving dance.Vice Mayor Benjamin Farin Jr. explains that the festival was coined from the town's ancient name, Paynauen, which literally means “place for relaxation.” It is such for its many beaches, lush forest cover, and other natural attributes.The festival is aimed to position Iba as a rest-and-recreation destination and the beach capital of northern Luzon.
The town has a seven-kilometer stretch of fine sand beaches and boasts of the longest municipal coastline in the country. It is also studded with 42 resorts.Iba is also famous for being the birthplace of President Ramon Magsaysay, the coral and limestone cathedral of Saint Augustine built in the 1700s, and the Sta. Barbara twin falls.Situated 210 kilometers north of Manila, Iba can be reached by a four-hour bus ride via Victory Liner.
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