Victory in national festival to boost tourism in Catbalogan City

April 29, 2015 4:52 am 

By Lizbeth Ann A. Abella

TACLOBAN CITY, April 28 (PNA) – The city government of Catbalogan in Samar considers Tribu Manaragat’s victory in the 13th Aliwan Fiesta in Pasay City as tourism promotion tool.

“This is our victory! You are part of it! Feel it and own it,” said Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, addressing town residents on Monday.

The city’s Manaragat Festival was the champion of festival dance competition. The contingent also placed second runner up in the Tugtog ng Aliwan: Festival Music Showdown winning an additional PHP25,000 prize, on top of the PHP1 million reward as grand champion.

Samar dancers bested the Aliwan Hall of Famer, Tribu Lumad Basakanon of Cebu City and other contingent from different parts of the country.

Tan gives credits to the city’s youth for their perseverance and determination.

“This is indeed a milestone in our effort to make a mark at the national level and engraving our city in the tourism map of our country and for the world to know” she added.

Mayor Tan thanked the city government staff, parents and donors who provided the needs of dancers.

“To those who believed in us, thank you for your continued support and motivation and for always being there. With the victory we have achieved, I would like to call each and every people in the city that we hold together hands together and step together,” she added.

Mayaw Mayaw Festival of nearby Pinabacdao town in Samar was adjudged as third place winner of the festival dance contest and the grand champion in the float competition.

The Manaragat (local term for fishermen) Festival honors St. Bartholomew as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province.

The festival is interpreted by colors, dances and the sound of drums that echoed through the deep culture of the fishing industry that stayed long in the history of the city.(PNA)

LAM/SQM/LAAABELLA/EGR

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