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Almojabano Festival 2017, sponsored by Melo


[The queen of the festival, Adriana Cordoba, presided over the different contests and performances.]

The queen of the festival, Adriana Cordoba, presided over the different contests and performances.


[The drum contest opened the event. It was attended by many talented participants.]

The drum contest opened the event. It was attended by many talented participants.


[Traditional hats are sold during the festival, that serves as a showcase for Panamanian crafters.]

Traditional hats are sold during the festival, that serves as a showcase for Panamanian crafters.


[Groups from all over Panama perform at the festival, like these Congos.]

Groups from all over Panama perform at the festival, like these Congos.


[A cumbia singing contest for children was next in the program.]

A cumbia singing contest for children was next in the program.


[As always, we took advantage of a break for visiting the food stands.]

As always, we took advantage of a break for visiting the food stands.


[And there we found the almojabanos. They are fried curved sticks made of corn and cheese.]

And there we found the almojabanos. They are fried curved sticks made of corn and cheese.


[While walking back to the stage area, we saw these crafters offering textiles and other handicrafts.]

While walking back to the stage area, we saw these crafters offering textiles and other handicrafts.


[The next event was the cumbia singing contest for adults.]

The next event was the cumbia singing contest for adults.


[On the first row was Prof. Jose A. Corella R., creator and coordinator of the Almojabano Festival.]

On the first row was Prof. Jose A. Corella R., creator and coordinator of the Almojabano Festival.


[The collaboration of many young volunteers from Dolega and nearby communities also makes the festival possible.]

The collaboration of many young volunteers from Dolega and nearby communities also makes the festival possible.


[After many contests the main event began: the accordion contest sponsored by Melo Group.]

After many contests the main event began: the accordion contest sponsored by Melo Group.


[Right in front of the stage were the representatives of Melo, Mrs. Kathia Delgado and Mr. Atanael Acosta.]

Right in front of the stage were the representatives of Melo, Mrs. Kathia Delgado and Mr. Atanael Acosta.


[A big crowd attended the contest. Each contestant had a group of supporters.]

A big crowd attended the contest. Each contestant had a group of supporters.


[Each contestant had the opportunity to show their musical prowess.]

Each contestant had the opportunity to show their musical prowess.


[Because of the great talent of the accordion players, the jury had a very difficult task in picking the winners.]

Because of the great talent of the accordion players, the jury had a very difficult task in picking the winners.


[While the jury discussed the results, this folk group from Chiriquí province performed several traditional dances.]

While the jury discussed the results, this folk group from Chiriquí province performed several traditional dances.


[The winner was Marcel Guerra. He was awarded a monetary sum by Melo, and a gold medal.]

The winner was Marcel Guerra. He was awarded a monetary sum by Melo, and a gold medal.


[Sergio Vigil won second place and Herminio Vega the third one. Here they pose together with the Melo people and the queen.]

Sergio Vigil won second place and Herminio Vega the third one. Here they pose together with the Melo people and the queen.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2017-01-26

Almojabano is the name of a traditional fried dish made of corn and cheese. It is mostly found in the province of Chiriqui. Because of that, the Folklore Foundation Jose Corella has established the yearly Almojabano Festival, held in the town of Dolega during the month of January.

The festival has a rich offer of activities such as folk dance performances, traditional music and attire contests, sale of foods and handicrafts and a parade of oxen-pulled carts.

In 2017, we attended several contests, among them the accordion competition, which was sponsored by Melo Group. The results of this contest were:
First place: Marcel Guerra
Second place: Sergio Vigil
Third place: Herminio Vega

We invite you to visit this folk festival and experience the rich culture of Chiriqui province, a very tourist-oriented region of Panama.


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