Tuguegarao City Celebrates Pav-vurulun Festival
August 10, 2011 9:36 pm
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Aug. 10 — The city government of Tuguegarao is celebrating its 287th Patronal Fiesta dubbed as "Pav-vurulun Festival" honoring its patron Saint Hyacinth of Poland from August 8-16, 2011.
DOT Regional Director Blessida G. Diwa said this year's theme: “Dayawat-tam y Tuguegarao,” means giving tribute and glory to the City of Tuguegarao, the regional center of Cagayan Valley Region.
Diwa said this year’s Pav-vurulun Festival reflects the festive mood of Tuguegaraoeños as it celebrates the city fiesta with Bankarera at the Pinacanauan River, Street Dancing and Battle of the Bands by more than 10 school contingents from the elementary and high school levels, Pancit Festival Eating Contest, Ms. Tuguegarao Beauty Pageant, Nuang and Kabayo Karera (Carabao & Horse Race) at the Cagayan Sports Complex and many other events.
This year, the city government conducted for the first time a tourism and trade fair exhibit at the newly opened Convention Center of the Mall of the Valley.
The Convention Center will also host some of the festival activities including its pre-pageant night.
The busy street of Bonifacio will be closed to traffic for a couple of days to host all the activities as well as night concerts and food stalls and the Pancit Festival which will be a pancit eating contest of the famous Tuguegarao Pancit Batil Patung.
Pancit Batil Patung is a local noodle delicacy cooked with beef broth and topped with vegetables, ground beef and poached egg, served with beef broth and beaten with more egg whites. Local panciterias or noodle houses in the city serve the newly cooked pancit with chopped red or white onions, calamansi, soy sauce and fresh chilis. Some local panciterias allow their patrons to watch the cooking of the noodle dish while still other restaurants allow patrons to bring beef or pork liver to be cooked in addition to the toppings.
On August 16, after the Pav-vurulun Patronal thanksgiving mass, a procession will bring the image of St. Hyacinth from the San Jacinto Ermita to the St. Peter’s Cathedral.
City Mayor Delfin T. Ting declared August 16, Tuesday, as a special non-working day in the City of Tuguegarao by virtue of Proclamation No. 214 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. last August 4, 2011. (PNA)