President Aquino declares February 18 as a special non-working day in the City of Bayawan, Negros Oriental in celebration of 'Tawo-Tawo Festival'

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

MANILA, Feb 13 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared February 18, which falls on a Tuesday, as a special (non-working) day in the city of Bayawan in the province of Negros Oriental in celebration of the "Tawo-Tawo Festival."

The Chief Executive issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 716 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on February 7 to give the people of Bayawan City the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion.

"Tawo-Tawo Festival" reflects the culture of the city being a rice granary of the southern part of the province of Negros Oriental.

The farmers in Bayawan are using the scarecrow or “tawo-tawo'' to drive away the little native birds called “maya” that feed on the ripening golden rice grains.

This agricultural method gives birth to “Tawo-Tawo Festival.” (PNA)



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