Archive for April, 2015

Catch the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight at City Plaza

Catch the LIVE TELECAST of the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Sunday, May 03, 2015, 08:00 AM at City Plaza LED Billboard TV.

Brought to you by the City Government of Catbalogan and Cignal HD.

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An Waray Party-list partners with Catbalogan for a summer dance tutorial

The City Government of Catbalogan in partnership with An Waray Party-list thru Cong Neil Montejo and Cong Victoria Noel bring you the 2015 Summer Dance Tutorial.

The said tutorial will be conducted at SNS Social Hall from April 27 – 29, 2015 for Jazz and Hip-Hop dances.

For more details, please call the Office of the City Mayor at (055) 251-3106.

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Manaragat Festival to be showcased in Aliwan Fiesta 2015

Represented by our official festival contingent – TRIBU KATBALAUGAN

The City of Catbalogan, the provincial seat of the Province of Samar, celebrates the month of August with cheerful thanksgiving and positive spirits. Our annual month-long celebration has always been largely inspired by the life at sea, thus we have fittingly named this annual celebration as the “Manaragat Festival”.

This has always been a perfect opportunity to highlight the important role played by our very own Maqueda Bay in shaping our history, culture and economy.

The Catbalogan City Fiesta falls on the 24th of August, which celebrates the feast day of Señor San Bartolome, the Patron Saint of fishermen, and our honor in thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings our City has received through the years.

Now on its 11th year, the name grew from a mere celebration to a uniting factor encouraging good camaraderie and positive outlook for the people and for Catbalogan as a whole.

On our maiden participation to Aliwan Fiesta and gaining momentum from the recent Sinulog Festival, we are determined to highlight the rich history of our city from a mere fishing village, to the “Cabecera of the Island of Samar” by the Jesuit Missionaries in 1616, to the cholera epidemics in 1882-1883 which “may have been the worst epidemic to hit Samar” and our unique interpretation on how Señor San Bartolome intervened during the said epidemics through the geckos or “tuko” in waray-waray term.

This interpretation also serves as a call to protect and preserve our environment, to remain faithful to the Almighty Creator with our Patron Saint San Bartolome, to remain resilient against all odds and to always move forward amidst all disasters and challenges.

Moving On, Moving Forward. Step Forward Catbalogan City.
Viva Señor San Bartolome! Viva Catbalogan City! Viva Samar!


Catbalogan City’s Tribu Katbalaugan – the Pride of Samar Island

Calling all Catbaloganons and Samarnons to witness this year’s #AliwanFiesta2015 with the participation of #TribuKatbalaugan representing the #ManaragatFestival of #CatbaloganCity – The Pride of Samar Island.

April 23 – Tugtog ng Aliwan: Festival Music Showdown – 6PM at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City

April 24 – Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant: Festival Queen Competition – 6PM at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City

April 25 – Float Parade and Street Dance Competition
– 3:30PM Kick Off at Quirino Grandstand;
– 6PM Culminating Showdown at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City;
– 9PM Awarding Ceremony at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay City



Tribu Katbalaugan beating the Aliwan heat

Today was the final blocking of #TribuKatbalaugan at Quirino Grandstand as #AliwanFiesta2015 nears.

Determined to showcase the culture and our very own #ManaragatFestival, the scorching weather was indeed a challenge as the team braced not only the sun’s heat but the fighting spirit within every Catbaloganon.

God bless #CatbaloganCity!
Viva Señor San Bartolome!
(Photos by Michael Balan)







Young Catbaloganon graduates from Senior High School

During the Regional Senior High School (SHS) Graduation Rites last April 17, 2015 at Leyte National High School Gymnasium, Tacloban City, twenty-one (21) students from Samar National School marched with pride as graduates under the said program.

411 students for the whole Eastern Visayas Region from seven (7) schools divisions gathered during the said regional graduation rites as initiated by DepEd Regional Office No. VIII.

Representing on behalf of the City Government of Catbalogan was no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with OIC Division of Catbalogan City School Superintendent, Dr. Editha S. De Veyra in support of the achievement.

The Senior High School implementation is part of the K to 12 Program, which covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education: six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School. This program is aimed at to providing sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.

(Photos by Michael Balan)
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Catbalogan’s Local Culture Council convenes for Quadricentennial Celebration

In an effort to consolidate and combine all preparations and efforts for the upcoming 400th year celebration in 2016 since the institutionalization of San Bartolome Church and Catbalogan being the Cabecera of Samar Island, the newly-reorganized Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC) of the City of Catbalogan recently reconvened last April 17, 2015 at SP Session Hall by invitation of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

Present during the meeting were key individuals involved in history, culture, and arts in the city specifically from the academe, the religious sector, government sector? business groups and private stakeholders.

Agreed during the said meeting was the one-year celebration of the said Quadricentennial to commence this August 2015 and to end on August 2016, with many lined-up activities catering to all sectors of the community as well as several plans of institutionalizing the milestone and the council’s advocacy.
Follow-up meetings are to follow among created committees to ensure the detailed preparation and implementation of activities in coming weeks.

In history, Catbalogan as “Cabecera of Samar” was established with the arrival of Jesuits after a Moro raid of their residence in Tinago, Tarangnan, Samar in 1616. The Catbalogan Residence has jurisdiction over “The Six Pueblos”: Catbalogan itself, Calbiga, Paranas, Bangahun (now Gandara), Yvatan and Capul. Catbalogan was titled the “Cabecera of Samar” for becoming not only a missionary center but also a center of government and commerce.

(Photos by Scarlet Cuarental)
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Barangay Cabugawan receives rice subsidy

Last April 16, 2015 at Barangay Cabugawan, 248 families/households availed rice subsidy from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and from the City Government of Catbalogan.

192 households of the said barangay each received 25 kilos of rice from DSWD from the Typhoon Ruby assistance; and 56 families also from the said barangay each received 5 kilos of rice from the city’s Hunger Mitigation Rice Subsidy Program.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present during the said distribution with the assistance from the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the Barangays Officials headed by Barangay Chair Lilia Pido.

“Ini pinaagi han panalimbasug han presente nga administrasyon para mabuligan an naapektuhan han mga naglabay nga mga bagyo.” Mayor Step shares.


Catbalogan Water District issues announcement

Catbalogan Water District (CWD) Manager, Engr. Ralph S. Uy releases notice as to difficulty and sometimes no water service recently in ‪#‎CatbaloganCity‬.
Please be informed.

City Health extends medical services to island barangays

In an effort to deliver free basic health services to constituents, the City Health Office visited Barangays Darahuway Daco and Gote today, April 14, 2015.

In Baranagy Darahuway Daco, 149 availed free consultation with free medicines, 21 dental extractions and 16 circumcisions were administered.

In Barangay Darahuway Gote, 109 residents availed the free consultation with medicines, 18 dental extractions and 15 circumcisions.

This is one of the current thrust of the administration of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan of an enhanced health services for all Catbaloganons under the banner “Serbisyo panlawas papakusgon”.
The City Health Office is set to visit other barangays in the next coming weeks.

(Photos by Vincent Mondoy, City Health Office)