Catandunganon Festival showcases tourism and culture of Catanduanes

October 9, 2012 10:02 pm 

By Carmelo A. Rima

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Oct. 9 — Cultural heritage is the primary focus of the three-day Catanduanes foundation anniversary celebration on Oct. 23 as part of the tourism and development package of the province.

The schedule of activities includes the opening of the Center for Catanduanes Heritage Inc. (CCHI) exhibit at the Museo de Catanduanes, Padadyaw sa Tinampo, Kundiman Festival and Street Dancing Competition to showcase culture and tradition handed down from the past.

Other activities in the first day of the Catandungan Festival 2012 in celebration of the province’s 57th year of existence as independent province from Albay are the Concelebrated Mass at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral at 7 A.M followed by the Procession of Our Lady of La Naval from the Cathedral to the Capitol grounds, Mobile Passporting at the Capitol Lobby and Wreath-Laying and Ceremonial Opening Program at Virac fountain at 9 A.M, Civic-Military Parade at 1 P.M and Bb. Catandungan Pageant Night at 7 P.M.

The second day activities on October 25 include Skills Olympics at the Capitol Lobby at 8 A.M along with Techno Demo and Livelihood Forum.

The last day activites are Diana at 4 A.M, Barangay Assembly at 8 A.M, Festivals of Festivals showdown and Street Dancing Competition at Virac fountain at 1 P.M, and the Fireworks Display and Official Ball at the Capitol Dome.

The 10-day pre-festival period that starts on October 13 are activities on tourism, live band performances, surfing at the windswept waters in the coastal village of Puraran in Baras now known as world-class surfing destination, marathon contest and other sports competition designed to be institutionalized in the festival.

Among prominent guests invited are Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, TESDA Administrator Joel Villanueva, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and PCSO Chairperson Margie Juico.

Themed, "Sulong Catandungan Tungo sa Matuwid na Daan," the Catandungan Festival has gone a long way since its inception and major gains include promotion of native products particularly soft brooms made of tiger grass or “lasa” in local parlance that is becoming a favorite souvenir item among local and foreign tourists. (PNA)

LAM/CAR/MMG

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