Catanduanes celebrates Final Catandungan Fest

NAGA CITY—The island province of Catanduanes marks its final celebration of the Catandungan Festival this month as it refocuses its efforts on a new festival.

Per Provincial Ordinance No. 021-2015, the province nicknamed the “Happy Island” will hold the Abaca Festival starting May 2016.

The new festival will highlight the plant species that has become “one of [the] foundations of provincial development” as it supports the livelihood of many families, the provincial tourism office said.

The abaca, it claims, is also a “symbol of resiliency,” representing the indomitable ability of the Catandunganons to overcome challenges such as typhoons which often batter the island.

Despite these trials, Catanduanes has progressed considerably, with its roads concreted from north to south, an airport and sea port, and even a Doppler station in Bato town.

The province also highlights the achievements of its sons and daughters, many of whom have become topnotchers and leaders in their fields after completing their education in the island.

A wide array of activities is scheduled this year from October 6 to 26 to commemorate the establishment of Catanduanes as an independent province in 1945.

Among these are the Splash 2 Color Fun Run, Catandungan Jobs Fair, Catanduanes Youth Summit, Lakbay Fototurismo  Workshop, Gawang Arkitekto Dugong Catandungeno Photo Exhibit, Puraran Surfing Cup, Binibining Catandungan, Skills Olympics, Alpha Phi Omega 10K Marathon, Island Reggae Party, “Pak-at sa Pungko Pakugon” Camaraderie Climb, 1st Island Shootfest, Mountain Bike Challenge, Sirena vs. Siokoy Basketball Showdown, Procession of Our Lady of La Naval, Civic Military Parade, and Foundation Anniversary Program.

Previously, Catanduanes was part of Ambos Camarines and subsequently, of the province of Albay.
On October 24, 1945, then President Sergio Osmena signed into law a bill authored by Rep. Francisco Perfecto seeking to separate the province from Albay.

The provincial tourism office expects that the festive spirit which often accompanies the Catandungan Festival will continue to be present in the succeeding celebrations of the Abaca Festival.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM