Let me begin by saying ‘Congratulations’ to everyone behind the festival. I know they put in a lot of hard work in the fiesta preparations. By now, I hope they have managed to catch up on sleep, and that their eye bags have disappeared.
As with the past years, at least two beauty pageants are touted as highlights of the 2009 Pamulinawen Festival.The Search for Ms. ABC (Association of Barangay Councils) was held on February 4 at the Centennial Arena while the Search for Ms. Laoag is slated on February 10 at the same venue.
More mature societies have already shunned the idea of the traditional beauty pageant.Radical feminist groups, in particular, have lambasted beauty tilts as a form of exploitation of women and the perpetuation of a patriarchal concept of human aesthetics.
For what is a beautiful person? Organizers, of course, harp on the idea that beauty comes from within, blah, blah.But the competition criteria belie this.The minimum height requirement is 5’3”.Plus, you must look good in a swimming suit and, ergo, you must have a softdrink-bottle-shaped physique.
The revelry leading to the February 10 Feast Day of St. William, patron of the city, begins today.
The Laoag City Fiesta I have grown up to know was simple, dry, and forgettable. There were strings of parades, yes, but with very little fanfare. Then until now, the main attraction is a karnibal, which is not even 1/1000 as good as Enchanted Kingdom, located under the Gilbert Bridge. There, I remember going to freak shows of sirena (mermaid), babaeng ahas (lady snake), babaeng pusit (lady squid), and other human beings whose physical deformities have been exploited in cash ‘s name. Continue reading “Pretentious & meaningless, Pamulinawen Festival kicks off”