Discover the City of Catbalogan! A mouth-watering cuisine... The colorful tradition and festivities... Embark on an exhilirating adventure... Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort... And a bit of everything...
Discover the City of Catbalogan!1 A mouth-watering cuisine...2 The colorful tradition and festivities...3 Embark on an exhilirating adventure...4 Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort...5 And a bit of everything...6

A message from the City Mayor

 

13570330_10208471627685794_1221377222_oStatement of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan on UCLG ASPAC Hosting:

 

Mahinungdanon nga adlaw ha iyo ngatanan!

I have always believed that the true test of our ability and capacity is to always challenge it. In doing so, we can rejoice on the accomplishment or we may grow from the lessons.

Catbalogan City’s hosting of the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Conference and Executive Bureau (ExBu) Meeting from April 04-07, 2017 has been both a development and a discovery, being the first for Catbalogan and the first for Eastern Visayas Region. It has opened doors of opportunities for partnerships and coordination while unraveling our capacities and challenges.

As the capital of Philippines’ third largest island and gifted with unspoiled natural sites, delectable cuisines, and warm people, we believe Catbalogan City is one of the reasons that indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines.

With an increasing number of tourist arrivals, hotels and bed capacity, venues for events and conferences, Catbalogan City is more than ready. With the assistance of various national, regional and local agencies as well as the support of numerous partners and supporters, we believe it is high time that the world sees and savors what generally the Philippines can offer.

It has been said that a city’s greatest asset is its people. So whatever we may lack in terms of modern structures and facilities, we will make up for with our inherent hospitality, courteousness and graciousness of spirit.

As a network of emerging cities all over the world, the UCLG gives us the opportunity to interact with other towns, cities and provinces that are either confronted with the same challenges and concerns that we face or can offer the possible answer or solution to these. In all of these, we may be different but we are also similar in many ways and these similarities will pave the way for the sharing of ideas and solutions, which will serve as a strong foundation of our meaningful partnerships. Our participation serves as a reminder that we are playing an important role in the development of other communities across the globe. This in itself serves as a source of pride for us Catbaloganons.

Kauswagan Kalibutan” in our local dialect literally translates to “progressive world” and this can be achieved by creating connections for sustainable societies, which is echoed in our chosen theme for this convergence. We believe that to address the current issues of today, we must consistently connect and collaboratively contribute to the solutions.

It is what we have right now that will reflect how much more we can achieve, and by hosting the UCLG ASPAC Conference and Executive Bureau Meeting, we hope to open our doors to such an opportunity.

Stepping forward, expanding farther, and developing further.

Statement of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan on the 3rd Place of Tribu Katbalaugan

Statement of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan on the 3rd Place of Tribu Katbalaugan

 

Hapit na unta, pero deri pa gud talaga…

Congratulations to our very own Tribu Katbalaugan for placing third in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta. Your hardwork may not have reaped the success that we aimed for, but I am forever proud and grateful for continuously bringing honor and pride to us all Catbaloganons.

Despite losing our chance for the three-peat championship win and a possible hall-of-fame distinction last April 22, 2017, I believe Senor San Bartolome is still preparing us for this.

It was never in my dreams that we can organize a group to compete at a national showdown of festivals, more so win two consecutive championship titles. You have proven more than we what have ever expected for a beginner or a novice or a neophyte in this festival competition. You have shown the world that however small or new we may be, if we put our hearts and minds into it, anything can really be possible.

To our dancers, props personnel, instrumentalists, and support staff, my greatest salute and appreciation for giving your best and for being our best… you are our rock.

To our choreographer, dance masters, artists and support personnel, thank you for the creating magnificent works and you may not have been officially born in Catbalogan but we already consider you as fellow Catbaloganons… you are our pillars.

To the parents of our scholars and members of our yearly contingent, to the supporters, sponsors, partners and fans from all corners of the world, thank you for the continued support and understanding, you keep us moving; and to the detractors and non-believers, thank you for inspiring us to be better, to do better and to give better to our home and our people.

Viva Señor San Bartolome!
Viva Señor Santo Niño!
Viva Catbalogan City!

(Photos by Paulus Aragon)

#tribukatbalaugan #catbalogancity #aliwanfiesta2017 #manaragatfestival#aatocatbalogan

Karasa Katbalogan launched in time for Flavors of the Philippines 2017 Festival

The City Government of Catbalogan supports the Department of Tourism‘s Flavors of the Philippines 2017 Festival with the launch of our local campaign “Karasa Katbalogan”, which highlights our local culinary traditions that are truly captivating.

Karasa in binisaya literally translates to delicious, flavorful or savory, which best describes the encounter one can experience with the varied food and flavors of Catbalogan cuisines.

Because once you taste everything Catbalogan can offer, you will definitely be captivated!

Final Blocking at Quirino Grandstand – Aliwan Fiesta 2017

Last April 20, 2017 was Tribu Katbalaugan’s first and final blocking at Quirino Grandstand as they prepare to compete in the Aliwan Fiesta this coming April 22, 2017.

For this year’s presentation, the group will be highlighting the tragic story of MV Doña Paz tragedy that has claimed more than 4,000 lives last December 1987, wherein this year is the 30th year commemoration.

This unique interpretation on how patron saint, Señor San Bartolome helped in saving the lives of fishermen through the help of fireflies that guided them to safety and back to Catbalogan will be highlighted through an upbeat ensemble with colorful props, which has become the brand of Tribu Katbalaugan.

From its first presentation in 2015 that featured geckos from the land then in 2016 that showcased the rich marine life under the sea, this year will take flight with the bright lights of fireflies.

Bukatkat or the local term for fireflies, are usually found around large trees and sometimes mangroves in riverbanks or seashores. Fireflies are said to symbolize hope because of the lights emitted during dark hours and in the case of Catbalogan during that tragic night, it symbolizes hope for a better future amidst the challenges and changes.

Relatively new but nevertheless relevant, Catbalogan City’s brand of festival is more than just a celebration of life but a reflection of the sentiment of the people to remain faithful to the Creator, to remember the past that defines the current while rejoicing with the present that will determine the future.

Most importantly, Catbalogan’s Manaragat Festival is an ongoing call to remain resilient against all odds, to protect our environment, and to always move forward amidst all disasters and challenges.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#tribukatbalaugan #catbalogancity #manaragatfestival #aatocatbalogan#aliwanfiesta2017 #aliwan #aliwanfiesta #aliwan2017 #threepeat#champion #teamtourism

 

Tribu Katbalaugan arrives in Manila for Aliwan Fiesta 2017

Our delegation to Aliwan Fiesta 2017, the Tribu Katbalaugan has officially arrived at Dr. Rafael V. Palma Elementary School in Manila yesterday, April 18, 2017.

Catbalogan City is the only contingent from Eastern Visayas and one of the three for Visayas group of islands among the 13 competing festivals in the national competition of festivals that will be on April 22, 2017 at Quirino Grandstand and Aliw Theater.

Tribu Katbalaugan is offering their performance in thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings Catbalogan City has received through the years through the intercession of our very own patron saint, Señor San Bartolome!

Catbalogan contingent offers thanksgiving mass before leaving for Aliwan Fiesta 2017

Tribu Katbalaugan attends Thanksgiving Mass at St. Bartholomew Church before they leave for Manila for the Aliwan Fiesta 2017.

Gunning for a three-peat championship win this year in the said national competition of festival champions, Aliwan Fiesta is annually organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) together with Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay now on its 15th year since 2003.

This third participation of Catbalogan City through official festival contingent Tribu Katbalaugan after successfully winning for two consecutive years in 2015-2016 and now for a possible hall-of-fame win is highly supported by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who identifies tourism as one of the thrusts of her local administration.

Also supporting the contingent are SM, Robinsons Malls, Robinsons Land Corporation, and the Sinulog Foundation, Inc. (Sinulog Festival) after winning the 2017 street dancing competition and a 1st runner-up finish in the ritual dance competition recently in Cebu City.

(Photo by Budie Manubag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#tribukatbalaugan #catbalogancity #manaragatfestival #aliwan2017
#aliwan #aliwanfiesta2017 #aliwanfiesta
#aatocatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#karisyokatbalogan
#threepeat #champions

Catbalogan Young Peeps up to a free Sports Summer Training Program

Performing on her call to young catbaloganons to engage themselves in sports development, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan formally opened the 1st Catbalogan City Mayor Step Summer Sports Festival yesterday.

This summer, according to Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, young Catbaloganons will have a chance of improving their sports skills or discover their talents in sports this summer with the 1st Catbalogan City Mayor Step Summer Sports Festival.

The activity under the City Youth Development Office formally opened yesterday but registration is still going on until next week. Sports clinic will officially start on April 17, 2017.

Eight sports activities are in line for the sports festival namely: volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, chess, sepak takraw and taekwondo. Except for sepak takraw, all sports events are open to both girls and boys.

Zaldy Ilagan, City Sports Coordinator said that the festival will start with a clinic, which means that those who will register under a certain sports event will undergo basic training of their chosen event, this is for 1st timers while those who are already into this kind of sports will be able to hone their skills farther.

The city government tapped the coaches from the city division of the Department of Education to handle the trainings. Also involved are some volunteers from various sports organization and sports enthusiasts in the city. The city schools superintendent meanwhile hopes that the performance of their athletes at the EVRAA will also improved with this kind of training support from the local government unit.

In her message at the opening, Mayor Step called on the young people to engage themselves in sports. She said “engaging our young people and children in sports is a wonderful way to develop lifelong skills, it builds good character such as teamwork, leadership, responsibility and physical fitness among other advantages.”

The city according to Mayor Step aims to develop full potential of our young constituents through this significant summer sports event. She also acknowledged partners of the city government in this activity and sends her deep appreciation for their continued support in the implementation of city’s various programs. She also said that this activity is the beginning of a sustainable sports development program that the city has lined up for her 2nd term as the Mayor.

Meanwhile, the city youth development officer Dennis Cosmod said that “the LGU has allocated substantial fund for this activity and called on the parents to take advantage of this program and register their children.”

Expected to last for a month this summer, the sports festival will be capped with a mini sports tournament towards the last week of May.

(Photos by Michael Balan; Article by Myra M. Tambor)

#catbalogancity #sportsclinic #summersportsfestival #summer2017#stepforwardcatbalogan #youngpeople #captivatingcatbalogan#sportsfest

Catbalogan opens EV region’s first floating swimming pool

Launched as the FIRST IN THE REGION, the floating swimming pool or the “swimming pool in the sea” of the situated at supported by the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan is a unique intervention for budding athletes who has no access to traditional swimming pool but who excels in the said sport.

Taking inspiration from the consistent win at or the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association for the swimming category, Catbalogan City has invested in the said sport and focus on honing athletes to be more competitive through an accessible, available and affordable sports facility.

Present during the said launching last April 10, 2017 were DepEd Regional Director, Dr. Ramir Barberan Uytico and the Executive Director of , Mr. Rupert Ambil II alongside City BlueHost优惠码 Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and DepEd City Division Superintendent, Mr. along with the barangay officials of Barangay Cagutsan, townsfolk, athletes and coaches under the said division.

The said sports facility is the first in Eastern Visayas region and the second in the Philippines after Panabo City, which was launched during the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

This initiative is part of the thrust of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan to support young athletes to excel at certain social aspects like sports to help in their personal development as well as in community development.

(Photos by ; Article by Ador Hurtado)

Catbalogan City hosted the region’s first international conference

And the game-changer of it all was City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who took the challenge of hosting the UCLG ASPAC Conference and Executive Bureau (ExBu) on April 04-07, 2017 in Catbalogan City, the first international conference in the whole Eastern Visayas region.

Nearly 200 foreign delegates were present during the opening ceremony last April 05, 2017 at the newly-constructed convention center of M Grand Royale Resort for a mix of learning and entertainment that were provided by select international and local trailblazers of various fields as well as the support of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

During the said day as well was the reading of Catbalogan Declaration by the mayors of cities and municipalities across Asia and the Pacific, which reinforced their commitment of localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda setting the frameworks to address social issues as well as setting the global standard for sustainable urban development.

Catbalogan City only became a member of UCLG ASPAC in 2015 but has already played a significant role in various international commitments, knowledge-sharing opportunities, and taking a firm stand on global concerns.

(Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #uclgaspac #hosting #kauswagankalibutan#forwardfartherfurther #captivatingcatbalogan #cityoffirsts #samar#ASPACMeetUp #stepforwardcatbalogan

 

Eastern Visayas youth gather at international pre-conference in Catbalogan

With a gathering of more than 500 young people and youth advocates from across the region, the Youth International Pre-Conference was held at Samar State University Audio Visual Center last April 04, 2017.

It was the first convergence of young people with select local and foreign speakers and resource persons that guided the participants in crafting its very own manifesto,later called as the “Catbalogan Youth Declaration” that called for meaningful participation and involvement on various concerns of the said sector.

The pre-con was part of the First Session of the UCLG ASPAC – United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific Executive Bureau (ExBu) hosted by Catbalogan City from April 04-07, 2017.

(Photo by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #uclgaspac #uclg #ASPACMeetUp #kauswagankalibutan#cityoffirsts #ssu #samar #youngpeople #internationalhosting#stepforwardcatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #youth#forwardfartherfurther

Catbaloganons organize Barangay Assemblies; Mayor Step reaches out

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan visited Barangays Payao, Silanga, and 09 Poblacion among other barangays during their said assemblies last March 25, 2017.

By virtue of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 and by order of DILG Secretary Sueno under Memorandum Circular No. 2017-31, all barangays are mandated to conduct a “Barangay Assembly” at least twice a year to hear and discuss the semestral report of the barangay concerning its activities and finances as well as problems affecting the barangays.

“An aton naman presensiya kumo local government unit han Catbalogan in para ipaabot an iba-iba nga programa ngan paghatag han sakto nga impormasyon para iklaro an mga diri mga asya nga genpapagawas nga storya han mga iba na tawo nga an toyo la an pagraot han aton administrasyon ngan pagruba han mga hunahuna han mga taga barangay. Ini liwat an higayon para direkta magpakiana o manginsayod an mga kulop,” she emphasizes during her visit.

“This is part of our continued commitment to a not only a working government but also a listening government because through them, we are guided of what interventions be made to ease if not solve their problems from their perspective,” Mayor Step shares.

(Photos by Michael Balan, Paulus Aragon; Article of Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #kasugbongkatbalogan #barangayassembly#stepforwardcatbalogan

 

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