Kawayan, Biliran braces for 2015 fiesta

September 20, 2015 11:02 am 

KAWAYAN, Biliran, Sept. 19 – The local government here has lined up several activities for the town fiesta on Oct. 23 to 24, the most awaited event of the year that would bring a festive mood to both locals and visitors.

One of the main event is the “Kawayan Got Talent” launched on Aug. 28 where participants show their flairs and skills every Friday of the week.

The weekly showcase selects the top seven participants qualified to join the Grand Finals on Oct. 20.

Another event is the inter-village basketball competition, which officially kicked off on Sept. 12 joined by 18 teams from different villages.

Herbert Bernadas, the municipal planning and development coordinator, said the most-awaited competition during fiesta is the Subing-Subing Festival, where contestants are going to display the history of Kawayan through dancing with their festive costumes and props.

“Aside from having parades, we are also going to have motorboat racing and traditional games,” Bernadas added.

The fiesta is of Spanish origin, set aside certain days to remember particular saints with processions and celebrations. When Spanish missionaries entered the Philippines during the mid-1500s, they found that the fiesta was a convenient tool to introduce Roman Catholic faith to Filipinos.

Kawayan, a home to more than 20,000 people, is a town situated 128 kilometers northwest of Tacloban City, the regional capital. The town is less than an hour drive from Naval, the provincial capital.(PNA)

RMA/RCK/SQM/MA. DENIZA A. PALMA, LNU INTERN

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