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Paet Taka Festival of Paete, Laguna Schedule of Activities
The annual festival of Paete, Laguna showcasing its traditional arts of ukit (carving) and taka (papier mache) that is scheduled near the birthday of Mariano Madrinan who was awarded a gold medal by the Spanish king for his Mater Dolorosa wood carving masterpiece displayed at the International Colonial and Export Exhibition in Amsterdam in 1883.
Ukit- Taka Festival Schedule of Activities:
September 23 - 26
Visual Arts Exhibit
Trade Booth Fair
There will be a Higante making contest on September 26 where giants made of taka (papier mache) will be paraded around town
Brass Band Exhibition
September 28, 2013 (Saturday)
6am Mariano Madrinan honor ceremony
1pm Mutya Taka
Pakulo (street dancing)
September 29, 2013 (Sunday)
10am Ice Carving Exhibition
Fruit and Vegetable Carving
1pm Drum and Lyre Exhibition/Competition
6pm Awarding Ceremony
7pm Mr and Ms Paete (Beauty Contest)
Venue will most probably be at the Paete Town Plaza, though not explicitly indicated.
Have to warn you on this, per experience and observation, the events there don't start on time, one or two hours late.
This bad habit should be changed by Paetenians if they really want to make the event famous.
The activities are typical of what you see in other festivals like the beauty contests, dance contests and street dancing (a good photo opportunity) though the demostration of ice carving, wood carving and garnishing are unique to Paete so far
In order for this festival to be famous, marketing should be improved by word of mouth, social media to make up for the perennial lack of funds.
The International Colonial and Export Exhibition in Amsterdam 1883 was a display of colonialism of imperial Europe where even locals of Java were on display in a human zoo.
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