Naneng tribe holds Inandela fest

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Guests and visitors to the 3rd Inandela Festival of the Naneng tribe in Kalinga were fascinated by the 70-meter long Kalinga indigenous tongue-shape glutinous cake called “inandela” by the locals here.

The Inandela Festival has become an anticipated event not only among the barangays of Naneng, Dupag and Bagumbayan in Tabuk City that comprise the Naneng tribe but the whole province.

Naneng barangay chairman Rommel Balunggay said the tribe members this year have lined 10,000 pieces of Inandela made from five cavans of glutinous rice and 700 pieces of coconuts to make the 70-meter record.


This year’s Inandela Festival that carried the theme, “Celebrating together with gratitude our heritage and culture”, showcased the Naneng people’s continuing practice to live to their ancestor’s culture of peace, unity and progress.

Balunggay traced the tradition of the Naneng people on feasting with Inandela, which he said is a top delicacy served during special occasions like weddings, peace pacts and fiestas.

It is a time-old belief among the Naneng tribe that serving the Inandela during occasions would foster tighter family ties and unity among tribes.

The inandela also has become part of the Naneng tradition in building a house and served during its inaugural to assure its strong built, Balunggay said. (Larry Lopez/PIA/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 18, 2013.

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