The rodeo in Vigan, actually the 6th invitational amateur rodeo tournament, has just been concluded. This event has become the highlight of a month-long Kannawidan Festival.
This year, moe new teams participated, including teams from Visayas and Mindanao.
The VROoM (Volunteer Rodeo Officials of Masbate) officiated the games, ran the stockyard, briefed the players, brought in its barker, and had Ilocos Sur use their bull riding gear for free.
Three events were held for the first time in Ilocos Sur: bullriding, wrestling from horse back, and lassoing from horseback.
Indeed the rodeo in Vigan has come a long way. And plans are afoot to invite rodeo teams from ASEAN schools in 2020.
Ilocos Sur has, de facto, become the Amateur Rodeo Capital of the Philippines.