Discover the City of Catbalogan! A mouth-watering cuisine... The colorful tradition and festivities... Embark on an exhilirating adventure... Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort... And a bit of everything...
Discover the City of Catbalogan!1 A mouth-watering cuisine...2 The colorful tradition and festivities...3 Embark on an exhilirating adventure...4 Indulge the perfect bliss of calm and comfort...5 And a bit of everything...6

Catbalogan co-hosts first cultural festival for the youth

The City Government of Catbalogan was one of the partners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) during its 2018 National Arts Month Celebration with the activity dubbed as “Ismayling ni Mileng: The First Ismayling Festival for the Youth” last February 26, 2018 at Samar National School (SNS) Covered Court.

Prior to the event proper, a workshop was held last February 13, 2018 among young students of Catbalogan City with premier experts from all over Samar Island discussing on the basics of ismalyling and the binisaya language.

“Ismayling” is a poetic joust between a man and a woman and said to be a courtship literary form of song and dance, which the name is said to be derived from the English word “smile” as observed from the smiling couple conversing in the local language.

The purpose of the festival as shared by NCCA was to initiate appreciation especially for the young people and the millennials (mileng) towards the unique culture of Catbalogan and Samar as well as to encourage them to learn more of this tradition.

“Cultural identity serves as a source of pride and the meaning of existence” as shared by City Youth Development Officer, Dennis Cosmod who spoke on behalf of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

The month of February is celebrated annually as National Arts Month (NAM) as mandated under Presidential Proclamation 683, in 1991 and this year’s NAM is anchored on the theme “Ani ng Sining, Alab ng Sining”, which means “Harvest of the Arts, Flame of Art” that puts emphasis on the bounty of artistic endeavors in the Philippines and the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers.

Parters of the said festival were the Samar Island Heritage Center, Guitar Foundation of the Philippines, Inc., and the Deped Catbalogan City Division.

(Poster by NCCA; Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)


National TVET Enrollment opens in Catbalogan

The Two-Day National TVET Enrollment in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has officially commenced today, February 27, 2018 at the City Plaza.

Assisted by the City’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO), the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) enrollment being held simultaneously around the country anchored on the theme “Magsanay. Magka-hanapbuhay. Magtagumpay.”

The said activity is intended to strengthen promotion and advocacy of various TESDA programs and services, and expand access to TESDA scholarship and training programs to a wide range of clientele.

Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan has extended its full support to the said activity and the said courses through a partnership with TESDA Samar in order to increase the skills and capacity of Catbaloganons and Samarnons, which in turn help them find employment and ultimately address poverty and sustainable development.

“Damu nga salamat han suporta han TESDA Samar para hini nga dako nga oportunidad ngan dako nga bulig para han aton mga mulopyo”, Mayor Step shares.

The National TVET Enrollment will run through until tomorrow, February 28, 2018 at the City Plaza so visit now because the courses are offered on limited slots and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

(Photos by Joe Marie Mark Dela Cruz; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbalogan joins regional tourism showcase at DOT Central

Visit the Department of Tourism (DOT) Building at Makati City and experience the products and points of interests of Catbalogan City and other cities and provinces of Eastern Visayas (EV) as part of the two-weeklong feature from February 19 to March 02, 2018.

As a brainchild of Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo launched in 2016, the Philippine Tourism Showroom Project is aimed at promoting the different destinations, crafts and food products of each region and showcasing the colorful culture, artistry and talent of the locals.

This year’s Tourism Showroom of Eastern Visayas serves as a prelude to the “75th Gulf Landings Anniversary Commemoration 1944-2019”, which DOT Eastern Visayas is actively promoting.

So visit the New DOT Building is located at 351 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City and explore the various booths and photos on display.

(Photo by DOT Eastern Visayas, Adine Mabag & Michael Labendia; Article by Ador Hurtado)


Catbalogan City holds 2018 Kasalang Bayan: Mass Civil Wedding

122 couples in Catbalogan City officially exchanged vows during the “2018 Kasalang Bayan: Civil Mass Wedding” today, February 14, 2018 at Barangay Guinsorongan.

Organized by the City Government of Catbalogan through the initiative of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, it is part of the “City Hall at your Doorstep” program aimed at bringing basic social services such as civil registry direct to the people at the barangay level.

Mayor Step officiated the civil wedding with Councilor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy and Councilor Max “Maxrose” Pescos as witnesses to the legal union.

The said activity was spearheaded by the City Civil Registrar’s Office and the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office that facilitated the annual event.

(Photos by Adine Mabag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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New Senior High School Building opens in Catbalogan City

Senior High Building of Samar National School has now been officially turned-over by the Department of Education represented by City Schools Division Superintendent, Mr. Cristito Eco and City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

The new three-storey building facing the facade of the old Gabaldon Building will be utilized for the four (4) academic tracks and three (3) skills development tracks of senior high.

Senior High School covers eight (8) learning areas as part of its core curriculum, and adds specific tracks (similar to college courses) based on four (4) disciplines:
– Academic (which includes Business, Science & Engineering, Humanities & Social Science, and a General Academic strand)
– Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (with highly specialized subjects with TESDA qualifications)
– Sports
– Arts & Design

Samar National School is the biggest and oldest secondary school in the whole island of Samar.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Catbaloganon farmers receive farm equipment worth P5.25M

The City Government of Catbalogan is a recipient of the 2016 Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) program of the Department of Agriculture through the Regional Field Office 8 under the Infrastructure Support for Sustainable Rice Production Program via Provision of thirty-three (33) units of tractor and twenty (20) units of Mechanical Thresher in the amount of Five Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP 5.25 M).

Thirteen (13) farmers association registered at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were the recipients of the said units along with the city’s nursery during the turn-over held at City Plaza last February 06, 2018 with Atty. Salvador Diputado as the guest representative from DA-RFU 8.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was personally present during the said turn-over along with City Councilor Max Pescos and the respective Barangay Chairs and Kagawads of the identified thirteen (13) barangays.

“Ini nga activity gintatawag naton nga turn-over ceremony, pagbalhin hin katungdanan — deri panhatag. Karuyag namon ipasabot nga gintatapuran namon kamo hini nga mga equipment deri como nga beneficiaries, kundi como kasugbong namon nga nakakakontribwer para ha kauswagan han aton siyudad”, Mayor Step shares.

Mayor Step further emphasized that all these support are provided so that farmers can have a sustainable means of livelihood and in turn address poverty and social inequities.

Catbalogan City through the leadership of Mayor Step is assisting indigent families and households through various programs and projects geared towards economic and social development.

(Photos by Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado with reports from City Agriculture’s Office

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Catbalogan City prepares for Sinulog 2018

We crawled, we swam and we flew… all these for Señor Santo Niño!

From the presentation in 2015 depicting how the Little Child healed the community caused by diseases due to ecosystem imbalance, to saving the lives of fishermen attacked by a giant sea creature, and to the realization that even dark creatures like bats are also God’s beautiful creations, Señor Santo Niño has and will always be the highlight of each presentation in the annual Sinulog Festival of Cebu City.

For its fourth participation, Catbalogan City’s official festival contingent — Tribu Katbalaugan, is set to tell the story of a city, some say folkloric while some say futuristic.

Nonetheless, it will highlight how Señor Santo Niño and the strong faith of Catbaloganon can transcend beyond cultures, progress and time.

Viva Pit Señor!

(Photos by Jupert Sison, Rolan Garcia, and Paulus Aragon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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Miss Manaragat 2017 is the Festival Queen for Sinulog 2018

Reigning Miss Manaragat, Ms. Mary Faith Voz Libres is set to represent Tribu Katbalaugan as the Festival Queen in the upcoming Sinulog Festival 2018 in Cebu City.

Best of luck and make us all proud!
Viva Pit Señor!

Step High Christmas Dance Craze gathers young talents

As part of the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan” program, a modern dance competition dubbed as STEP HIGH Christmas Dance Craze was organized last December 29, 2017 at the City Plaza as organized by the City Government of Catbalogan through the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office.

Local talent groups participated in the city-wide competition as part of the initiative to share the “Spirit of Love” as led by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan.

(Photos by Michael Tuazon)