CATBALOGAN’S MANARAGAT FESTIVAL REACHES 10th YEAR, CELEBRATES MILESTONE

Catbalogan City officially begins its Manaragat Festival Month-long Fiesta Celebration today as it marks the 10th year of its main cultural brand – the Manaragat Festival.

Taking its cue from the theme, “Karisyo Katbalogan: 10 Years of Celebrating Catbalogan’s Captivating Contrasts”, the month of August is expected to be packed with various programs and activities starting with the Opening Salvo later this evening at 7:00pm at the City Plaza.

With the Coca Cocal Bottlers, Incorporated and San Miguel Beer Corporation as corporate sponsors, this year’s celebration include old favourites and new events meant to entertain Catbaloganons from different walks of like. It features staple highlights like the Festival Showdown, which will showcase the performance of various schools, Miss Manaragat 2014, the SMB Night and the Catbalogan Young People’s Day. To be added to these are the staging of the 1st Miss Maqueda Gay, which was made possible through coordination with the Samar Stellars’ Society, the 1st Mister Manaragat, 1st Maqueda Bay Body Building Competition and the 2014 Karisyuhan Street Party.

Aside from the cultural presentations from the academe and talent competitions that have been the source of public entertainment at the City Plaza, Catbaloganons will also see sports action via the 1st Mayor Step Under 18 Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament and the 1st Mayor Step Inter-Town Basketball Tournament, the Billiard Tournament and the Catbalogan Fiesta Run.

With the addition of the Stakeholders’ Nyt which was meant to be a night of fun for its partner agencies and organizations, the city has also retained the celebrations reserved for the city’s sectoral partners like the Senior Citizens’ Night, Barangay Night and Employees’ Night.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor)

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