By Zaldy Comanda
Tagudin, Ilocos Sur — Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo on Tuesday lauded the municipal government headed by Mayor Roque Verzosa for staging the 10th Tikanlu (tinungbo, kangkanen and lubi-lubi), festival, which she said has the potential to be a major Philippine festival and tourist draw.
She likened it to international historical, cultural and religious events which were made feasible with the unity and cooperation of the people from small towns like Tagudin.
“I did not have second thoughts when I received an invitation to grace the Tikanlu festival,” she told Tagudin residents.
“Tikanlu has a big potential to become a major festival. We just need to improve it and I give my commitment to help,” Teo said.
Festival organizers and local folk prepared a giant glutinous rice cake measuring 10 meters in diameter to further spice up festivities.
It was made using 15 50 – kilo sacks of glutinous rice produced by the farmers, 1,500 coconuts and 7.5 sacks of muscovado sugar.
It was simultaneously cooked by 50 persons and is estimated to be good for 10,000 persons.