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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