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The Municipality of Victoria offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate craftmanship and ingenuity through the float-design that depicts cultural diversity of the Province of Tarlac at Kanlahi ‘s grand parade of floats in Tarlac City on March 7, 2020.
To promote art and cultural expression, Victoria Municipality in collaboration with Balayang High School will showcase a tableau depicting Victoria’s Canarem Lake as home to migratory and endemic birds, and the town’s livelihood products on its tableau.
While the town, Victoria, plays a significant role in birds migration, its craftsmen and artisans in collaborative efforts, bring out their most innovative ideas to design and execute its float to highlight the Pied Fantail (locally called maria capra), a common garden, and urban bird in the Philippines, as one of the migratory birds at the Canarem Lake.
Bamboos are used to make the scaffolding when building exteriors and interiors of the float, while corn husks are mainly used depicting the Pied Fantail ‘s enormous feathers . Tanubong plants used in broom-making are also consumed in portraying the bird with its tail spread open. Bamboo and corn crafts are characterized as agricultural waste materials that can be used as alternative fibers for the paper making crafts.
What does it mean when Pied Fantails cross your path? They allow you to keep on searching things, and stay curious. Curiosity is a key to inventions. It urges you to discover, test, experiment and that is the method for making the world a better place. This world needs to keep on evolving and curious people like fantails are needed.
When this bird presented itself to you, it is asking you not to stop, but keep on enriching your wisdom and capabilities.
A look at the Kanlahi entries at the 2020 Parade of Floats
Photo cre: Jay Mauricio