City consults cultural coordinators on recent month-long fiesta

Cultural coordinators from schools and colleges who are also members of the Local Culture and Arts Council (LCAC) of Catbalogan City was convened last September 20, 2018 at Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall to review on the recently-concluded 2018 Manaragat Festival Month-long Fiesta Celebration last August 2018.

Activities reviewed were the cultural presentations of the schools from August 5-15, 2018; the cultural competitions such as Curacha and Ismaylingay last August 27, 2018; the “Katahom han Kadagatan: Manaragat Festival Queen Competition” held last August 18, 2018; and the Manaragat Festival Grand Parade and Showdown last August 23, 2018.

Recommendations that arose from the said consultation were collected for consideration as geared towards further improving the annual conduct of the cultural activities being spearheaded by the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office in coordination with the LCAC and the City Tourism Council (CTC).

Revealed during the meeting was the concept for next year’s Manaragat Festival, which will put emphasis on the fishing livelihood and the fisherfolks of Catbaloganons and Samarnons in general.

Considerations for next year’s Manaragat is the increased number of school districts under the City Division — from only five (5) to now ten (10) elementary districts; from seven (7) to now eight (8) secondary schools with the inclusion of Catbalogan City Agro-Industrial School (CCAIS); and still three (3) private colleges and universities.

Next year’s month-long will be the 16th conduct — celebrating Catbalogan’s unique culture and advocating for environmental protection and cultural preservation through the intercession of Patron Saint, Señor San Bartolome.

(Photos by Ma Theresa Joyce Nabore; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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