The annual Electric Float Parade as part of La Union Foundation Anniversary was held for the first time in Agoo, La Union last March 1, 2011. Assembly was at the DMMMSU Agoo, La Union open field. Judging of entries was done on the day of the parade. Floats were being displayed as early as 10:00am for the public to have a chance to view and have a photo opportunity. The parade started around the town of Agoo, back to DMMMSU open field, afterwhich, the Pre-pageant for Mutya ng La Union 2011 was conducted were the 20 candidates presented their native costumes.
With the theme: “WORKING EFFECTIVELY TOGETHER FOR SUSTAINABLE PEACE, ORDER AND PROGRESS FOR ALL.”, the floats depicts the towns’ natural beauty and ingenious industries. Since it is an Electric Float Parade, the floats were adorned with lighting effect and attract people as it passes through them during the parade.
The materials, tools and equipments used were of indigenous products that can be found in their own town. Exceptional and quality illumination were present in all the 20 floats.
For the float of the City of San Fernando, the brimney kite or “Lawin” was made of molded newspaper, adorned with corn husk material and painted tiger grass. The bird is nested in the middle of a large basket made of bamboo or “tiklis” in Ilokano, locally found in Brgy. Abut in the City of San Fernando. Both are mounted in a floral landscape. On both sides of the float is the replica of the sea made of blue painted corn cob and corn husk. The sea that cares and nurtures the green sea turtles or “pawikan” which is abundant at San Fernando Bay. The back of the turtle is made of pounded mussels or “tahong” shells. The float is lighted from top to all sides, to showcase a luminous and bright effect for an entertaining feature.
San Fernando City’s electric float with this year’s theme “Our Home”, a home not only to its God-fearing and hardworking residents but also a home to endangered species. Through time San Fernando as a homeland of these species served as the land where their existence evolved and nested. The La Union Botanical Garden which symbolizes the city’s commitment to our environment and expresses gratitude for the gift of nature. It also strengthens the solidarity despite of trials and other disturbances and still preserves its environmental heritage.
Due to the alarming climate change, the city’s electric float showcases the awakening of the people of La Union to be responsible to the call of time.
A pack of talented, hard-working personnel from the City Government help each other in attaining a magnificent artwork. They are the Office of the City Information & Tourism Section for the design; Michael Flores led the Construction Section of the City Engineering for the fabrication and construction; Victor Ducusin headed the Electrical Section of the City Engineering for the lighting and Nestor Bautista of CENRO for the flower arrangement.
For the Best Float, Rosario was proclaimed Champion. The City of San Fernando won as 1st runner-up, San Gabriel, Bauang and Bangar won as 2nd, 3rd and 4th runner-up respectively. On the other hand, Santo Tomas was also proclaimed as the Most Indigenous Float, as well as 1st and 2nd runner-up for Rosario and Caba.
Article by: Myla B. Madrid
with reports from Hazel F. Flores
and Photo by: Erwin G. Beleo
Posted date 9-20-2011