The 2008 Katigbawan Festival

The Katigbawan Festival of 2008 was an all-out affair held in consonance with Catigbians 59th Foundation Day celebrations. As banners were stringed to mark the 5-day affair, from June 13 to 17, Catigbianons prepared to live up to their theme: “Peace and Unity, the Key to Progress and Development”.

Many activities were lined-up for the week yet the Catigbianons, in their deep piety, started the festival officially with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church at 8:00 a.m. The church overflowed. As one, the Catigbianons lifted up their hearts to God in prayer… for peace, unity and progress!

From the church, the people paraded to the Catigbian Livestock Auction Center to witness the opening of the Agri Fair and the One-Town-One-Product Fair with a ribbon cutting ceremony held in the presence of the town officials and guests from the Department of Trade and Industry.

At the OTOP Crafts Fair, souvenir items made from the katigbi plant were displayed as well as Catigbian’s well known quality bamboo furniture and accessories. An inter-barangay contest was held to encourage the people to produce more quality products for sale to guests.

To break a lull in the activities, a volleyball game was held at the CLAC compound. At 1:00 p.m., boxing took center stage and at 5:00 p.m., people thronged to the Catigbian Business Center to witness the Miss Katigbawan Talent Show. Music and entertainment continued until the inter-barangay amateur singing competition commenced.

The Katigbawan Livestock Day was slated on June 16 at the CLAC with the provincial veterinarians dispensing technical help to local livestock growers. Likewise, Catigbian’s Demo Farm gave out seedlings and technical advice to those interested.

In another venue, Catigbian’s men gathered at the town’s cockpit arena for the Carambola Derby which was staged at 9:00 a.m. Yet almost all of the Catigbianons and guests gathered at the CLAC for the most awaited Carabao Pageant and the traditional Hog Catching event a few hours after.

The loudest guffaws and shrieks emanated from the audience during the Carabao Pageant when the carabaos were displayed in all their glory; “dressed” to the nines, so to speak, and complete with make-up at that! Side-splitting mirth followed during the hog-catching event due to the antics of the participants who tried to catch the slippery hog.

Yet, no festival is a festival without a basketball game. So when the carabao pageant and hog-catching event was on-going, the local law enforcers tackled the local members of the Association of Barangay Councils in a bout of skills and endurance at the Catigbian Community Stage.

Nighttime came with another most awaited event in the Katigbawan Festival – the Miss Katigbawan Pageant Night Presentation at the CBAC which commenced at 7:00 p.m. From a dozen beauties, Ms. Aimee Ann Anunciado of District 1 stood out and was crowned as Miss Katigbawan Festival 2008.

June 17th dawned with more activities lined up for the day. Early morning witnessed the blood letting and blood sugar determination with the local medical professionals and volunteers at the CBAC; while traditional games started at the sports oval.

All games and activities ceased when the street dancing competitions commenced at 1:00 p.m. at the sports oval. Participants geared with innovative and colorful costumes danced with gusto to the beat of drums. Closing ceremonies and awarding of prizes immediately followed the street dancing competitions.

After the awarding of winners, the people were treated to a grand fireworks display followed by a dinner-for-all and dance party at the CBAC. Yes, Catigbian has done it again! The success of the 2008 Katigbawan Festival proves to one and all that with unified effort, the people’s dream of a progressive Catigbian is now within its grasp!

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