Final Blocking at Quirino Grandstand – Aliwan Fiesta 2017

Last April 20, 2017 was Tribu Katbalaugan’s first and final blocking at Quirino Grandstand as they prepare to compete in the Aliwan Fiesta this coming April 22, 2017.

For this year’s presentation, the group will be highlighting the tragic story of MV Doña Paz tragedy that has claimed more than 4,000 lives last December 1987, wherein this year is the 30th year commemoration.

This unique interpretation on how patron saint, Señor San Bartolome helped in saving the lives of fishermen through the help of fireflies that guided them to safety and back to Catbalogan will be highlighted through an upbeat ensemble with colorful props, which has become the brand of Tribu Katbalaugan.

From its first presentation in 2015 that featured geckos from the land then in 2016 that showcased the rich marine life under the sea, this year will take flight with the bright lights of fireflies.

Bukatkat or the local term for fireflies, are usually found around large trees and sometimes mangroves in riverbanks or seashores. Fireflies are said to symbolize hope because of the lights emitted during dark hours and in the case of Catbalogan during that tragic night, it symbolizes hope for a better future amidst the challenges and changes.

Relatively new but nevertheless relevant, Catbalogan City’s brand of festival is more than just a celebration of life but a reflection of the sentiment of the people to remain faithful to the Creator, to remember the past that defines the current while rejoicing with the present that will determine the future.

Most importantly, Catbalogan’s Manaragat Festival is an ongoing call to remain resilient against all odds, to protect our environment, and to always move forward amidst all disasters and challenges.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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