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Children’s Workshop for NCCA Project in Catbalogan taps Manaragat Ambassadors and Ambassadresses

Consistent with their advocacy of preserving our culture and heritage, the Manaragat ambassadors and ambassadresses attended the Writeshop on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Relation to Community Heritage last September 5-6, 2017, together with representatives from The City Government of Catbalogan.

This is part of the Layag Samar Project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Samar State University and the Samar Island Heritage Foundation. The final output of the said activity was the formulation of a plan. They have chosen to do a Children’s Workshop that aims to inform, educate and communicate to the children the Basics of DRR. They plan to do it through hazard maps coloring activity, storytelling and allegorical plays to make it easier for the children to understand their community heritage, the primary source of response to disaster preparedness.

Catbaloganon beauty qualifies for Binibining Cebu 2017

Our very own MS. LOU DOMINIQUE PICZON is one of the 54 official candidates of the first-ever Binibining Cebu pageant and is representing the Municipality of Dalaguete.

Binibining Cebu is presented by the Bb Sugbu Charity Foundation, in cooperation with the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch 1985 Foundation, Inc. and whose mission is to provide a platform for extraordinary Cebuanas to share their strong interest in social and humanitarian issues, as well as to promote Cebu’s special cultural contributions to the world.

Ms. Piczon was the Manaragat Festival Queen of Tribu Katbalaugan when it joined the Aliwan Fiesta 2016 wherein she placed as one of the three 2nd Runners-Up. She also won as Miss Mandaue 2014 and the Miss Catbalogan City Athletic Association for 2008.

Coronation Night of Binibining Cebu 2017 will be on October 28, 2017 in Cebu City.

Best of luck and let us show our support to Catbalogan’s pride, Ms. Lou Dominique Piczon!

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#kahusaykatbalogan #kadungganankatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan


Catbalogan City joins 2017 National Peace Consciousness Month

The City Government of Catbalogan joins the whole nation in celebrating the 2017 National Peace Consciousness Month with the theme “Puso para sa Kapayapaan, Magkaisa para sa Bayan” for the whole month of September.

The said celebration is enjoined among all local government units by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 675 dated July 2004, which is aimed at instilling greater consciousness and understanding among Filipinos on the comprehensive peace process and to sustain institutional and popular support for participation in the promotion of building a culture of peace.

#catbalogancity #stepforwardcatbalogan#peaceconsciousnessmonth #captivatingcatbalogan

Catbalogan joins the 2017 National Crime Prevention Week

The first week of September of every year is celebrated as the National Crime Prevention Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 461 dated August 31, 1994 enjoining all government agencies and instrumentalities of government to evolve and implement projects and activities that focus on prevention as an approach in combating criminality.

This year’s theme is “Pamayanang Mapagmasid, Kapayapaan ang Maihahatid” focusing on information drive and awareness on the vital role of every stakeholder in crime prevention through building collaborative partnership among the community, law enforcement agencies and local executives that gears to the full implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System.

The programme aims to promote equitable access to justice for the poor and disadvantaged people and of impunity for major crimes, particularly extra-judicial killing and enforced disappearances.

The enhanced framework of CSOP aims to build and strengthen collaborative partnerships between the police, community and local executives to promote peace and order, ensure public safety and strengthen local government for the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry.

#catbalogancity #nationalcrimepreventionweek #september2017#stepforwardcatbalogan

Queen Manaragat 2017: The Search for Miss Maqueda Gay

Congratulations to the following fabulous winners of this year’s Queen Manaragat – The Search for Miss Maqueda Gay:

Queen Manaragat 2017, Ms. Paul Salem aka Sarah Labahti
1st Runner-Up, Ms. Hector Lim-it aka Gal Gadot
2nd Runner-Up, Ms. Celnar Jun Labrague aka Sanya Lopez

May your reign raise better understanding on LGBT issues coupled with environmental protection and cultural preservation.

(Photo by Michael Tuazon)

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Kamurasak han Kadagatan Maqueda Bay Rites 2017

As part of the 2017 Manaragat Festival Month-long Fiesta Celebration, Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan organized the “Kamurasak han Kadagatan: Maqueda Bay Rites” last August 23, 2017 that gave highlight to Maqueda Bay with a Thanksgiving Mass and was later followed with a turn-over of of motorboats and fishing gears to fisherfolks association from several barangays.

“Kaangayan nga magpasalamat kita kan Señor San Bartolome labi na gud han aton makagarahom nga Ginoo han mga grasya nga nakarawat naton — an dagat nga amo an aton kinabuhi ngan aada an aton panginabuhi,” Mayor Step shares.

The City Government of Catbalogan has deemed it proper to share the celebration and recognize our “manaragat” or fisherfolks in this festival that we annually conduct.

“Kamurasak” or bountiful is the binisaya term that best describes one of the objectives of the Manaragat Festival, to bring back the abundance of our marine environment, which can be achieved through its protection and preservation.

The Manaragat Festival has been annually celebrated every whole month of August since 2004 mainly to celebrate the feast day of Patron Saint, Señor San Bartolome every 24th of August but later grew to a bigger cause of environmental protection and cultural preservation while promoting Catbalogan City to the world.

(Article by Ador Hurtado; Photos by Paulus Aragon)

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Catbalogan City hosts prelude to 500th year anniversary of world circumnavigation

Catbalogan is very lucky to have the Philippine Quincentenario Center Inc.(PQCI) who is here today for the 1st Node of Philippine History on the 1519-1522 Circumnavigation of the World. This is just one of the hundreds of events that will be devised nationwide with the end goal of promoting 500 years of Philippines history -its people, places and cultural achievements.

“Ini nga paghatag hin importansiya han mga naglabay na hitabo in usa nga pitad han Catbalogan para mas umuswag pa an aton ciudad. Magserserbe ini nga pahinumdom ha yana nga henerasyon ngan ha mga masunod, nga kinahanglan naton igpadayon an paghigugma han aton ciudad, an Catbalogan ngan han aton bug-os nga nasod.” Mayor Step shares.

With Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan of Catbalogan City, Councilor Eric Cordero of Guiuan, Mr. Jun Alvizo of PQCI, Mr. Manny SD Lopez of PQCI, Fr. Joesilo Amalla of the Diocese of Butuan, Mr. Johnil Bajado of Samar State University and Ms. Charo Cabardo of Samar Heritage Inc., We had fruitful discussions in history particularly: 1.Before 900 AD 2.900 AD- 1380 AD: Hindu Buddhist Era, Srivijaya Empire and Majapahit Empire 3.1380 – 1521 AD: Islamization and the rise of Sultanates 4.Circumnavigation: Armada de Moluccas of the World 5.First Landing of Magellan’s in Homonhon Island 6.First Mass: Limasawa or Masawa 7.The First Christians: Rajah Humabon and Princess Humamay, A Story of Sto. Niño 8.Battle of Mactan 9.Onwards to Spice Islands (Mollucas).

The symposium led to the formation of the Quincentenario Local Council of the City of Catbalogan. The following are the officers of the council who will work hand in hand with PQCI and the City Government of Catbalogan:

Chair: Charo Cabardo
Co- Chair: Ador Hurtado
Vice Chair: Thelma Corrige
Secretary: Johnil Bajado
Treasurer: Mike Labendia
Sectors Church: Fr. Erwin Rodriguez
Youth: Manuelito Uy
Culturati: Hermie Sanchez
Media: Myra Tambor
Academe: Jeffreynald Francisco

(Article and Photos by Michael Labendia)

Miss Manaragat 2017: The Search for Miss Catbalogan City

Congratulations to this year’s titleholders:

Miss Manaragat 2017, MS. MARIA FAITH VOZ LIBRES

Mister Manaragat 2017: The Search for Mister Catbalogan City

Congratulations to the following new ambassadors of cultural preservation and environmental protection:

Mister Manaragat 2017, Mr. Sam Franzrei Jaboli
1st Runner-Up, Mr. Daryl Centino Beso
2nd Runner-Up, Mr. Cris Bernales.