UNITY IN IDENTITY. The winning masterpiece of the Aparri Schools of Arts and Trade (ASAT) in this year's sand sculpturing contest. (PIA)
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, June 26 (PIA) - They did it again!
The Aparri School of Arts and Trade (ASAT) in Aparri town scored a two-peat victory in the sand sculpturing contest after bagging this year's championship title during the celebration of the 436th Aggao Nac Cagayan.
Last year, the provincial government of Cagayan launched the sand sculpturing contest where ASAT claimed its first victory.
Donald Aguinaldo, one of the coaches, said their masterpiece speaks about 'Unity in Identity'.
"Our art piece details the "Cagayan na Kay Ganda" or "Caganda" which showcases its long history, its natural diversity, engineering marvels, the Cagayanos' spirituality, and their vibrant way of life, ingenuity and industry," Aguinaldo said.
"Strengthened by our unity in identity, we Cagayanos can forge ahead northward together and stronger for a brand new Cagayan aptly captured in our hashtag CagayaNEW, echoing Governor Manuel N. Mamba's battle cry, Pabaruen Ti Cagayan," Aguinaldo added.
The clasped hands represent that "Cagayanos collective identity fortifies unity" while the trophy symbolizes that "in unity there is strength".
Aguinaldo said the greater essence of unity springs from the realization that Cagayanos share the same history, culture and milestones that transcend time, geographical boundaries, languages, ethnicities and even politics.
The cave represents the history of Cagayan. This year, the metatarsal bone that was excavated inside the Callao Caves in Penablanca in 2012 is confirmed to be belonging to the hominid species, predating the Tabon Man, thus making Cagayan the birth and cradle of Filipino civilization.
The artists behind the masterpiece. (PIA)
The bell represents the spiritually of Cagayanos. The province is home to the oldest Catholic bell in the Far East-the Sancta Maria Bell of Camalaniugan which dates back to 1595. Pilgrims pay homage to the Calvary Hills in Iguig. The Minor Basilica houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Piat brought by the Dominican friars to the Philippines from Macau in the year 1600.
The sea creatures represent how diverse and naturally vibrant Cagayan is. Two of the country's great mountain ranges-the Sierra Madre and Caraballo runs through it. The aramang is endemic to Aparri. Buguey is the Crab Capital. Lal-lo nourishes in its tributaries the only freshwater clam-the cabibe. Calayan is a breeding ground for whales and dolphins. In its alluvial plains, it harvests the second largest corn produce in the country. The most expensive fish, the Ludong, thrives in the country's longest river, the Rio Grande de Cagayan.
The bridge represents that Cagayan has pioneered first of its kind and iconic structures. It plays host to some of the engineering marvels in the country such as the 19th century Cape Engano in Sta. Ana, the Buntun Bridge in Tuguegarao City which is the nation's first longest bridge, and the Magapit Suspension Bridge in Lal-lo, the first of its kind in continental Asia.
Aguinaldo said for tourists who come and go visit Cagayan, these icons are just beauty to behold. "For us, these icons are US. They represent what and who we are as Cagayanos," he added.
Aguinaldo expressed his heartfelt gratitute to the Provincial Government of Cagayan and the Office of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources. (MDCT/PIA 2-Cagayan)