Swim, bike events kick off 3-day Zambales festival

January 9, 2012 11:54 pm 

CANDELARIA, Zambales, Jan. 9 — The second edition of the three-day “Kaligawan ha Mayanan” festival was held recently with Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. leading the participants in the first ever “Alay Langoy” swim event at the scenic Uacon Lake in this town.

At the same time, a 116-kilometer cycling event took off, bringing a total of 106 bikers and cycling enthusiasts pedaling along the picturesque Zambales countryside from Subic town to Candelaria.

“Kaligawan” is an annual festivity organized by Ebdane to promote tourism in the northernmost municipalities of Zambales.

Literally translating to “festivities in the North”, Kaligawan was created last year to attract visitors here and in the nearby towns of Sta. Cruz, Masinloc and Palauig and make them appreciate the eco-tourism sites, the local culture and products that these towns have to offer.

“The towns from Palauig to Sta. Cruz need a little more boost in terms of tourism promotion compared to the municipalities down south, which already reap revenues from tourists who flock to local beaches during summer,” Ebdane said.

“With this festival, we’d like to tell visitors to Zambales that there are also attractions up north where they could experience and enjoy simple outdoor fun for the family or extreme adventure for the sports aficionados,” he added.

Aside from the Kaligawan festival, Ebdane has also organized the Sta. Cruz-Mangatarem Off-Road Challenge last August and the First Zambales Dragon Boat Festival last month to help push tourism in this part of the province.(PNA) DCT/LOR/zst/MD/ps

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