All eyes on Sagada smoked meat festival

The start of the festival will coincide with Feast of the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ on 2 February 2023

BAGUIO CITY — The town of Sagada in Mountain Province is now gearing up for the etag or smoked meat festival following a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

The municipal government of Sagada and its community are already making preparations for the etag — a local term of the Mountain Provinces and some tribes of Kalinga and Abra for the preserved salted or smoked meat or the Cordillera version of bacon.

The start of the festival will coincide with Feast of the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of the Lord Jesus Christ on 2 February 2023.

The day will also be the launching of the Sagada tourism tagline in a bid to relive its tourism industry that was affected by two years of movement restrictions because of the community quarantines due to the pandemic.

Sagada Mayor Felicito Dula is hoping that through the resumption of the Sagada Festival, the Tourism industry of the tow will further recover. This will benefit the community especially the tourist guides, the operators and owners of home stay and inns and of course the local government.

Visitors to the said festival will have the opportunity to witness the rich cultural heritage of Sagada as different communities will highlight their traditional dances and songs during the cultural street parade and showcase on 4 February 2023.


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