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Catanduanes holds annual Abaca Festival

The province of Catanduanes, the country’s largest producer of abaca fiber or Manila hemp, recently held the annual Abaca Festival to showcase its main product which has been a prime commodity since the Spanish-era galleon trade.

The province has more than 36,744 hectares of abaca plantation which produced 18,003 metric tons last year, accounting for almost a third of the total output of the Philippines.

Key events in the five-day fest which was a hybrid of  physical and online activities were a trade fair, agricultural forum, competitions on indigenous poem reading, arch and façade designs, and the Festival Queen Competition.

In photo are municipal contingents in abaca-inspired costumes executing street dances in the Virtual Dance Showdown, one of the highlight events.

(Contributed photo)

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