Dancers of the ‘Padadyao sa Tinampo’ grace the Catandungan Festival celebration. [FILE PHOTO from Catandungan Festival 2018]
THE CELEBRATION OF the 74th Foundation Anniversary of the province or the Catandungan Festival will center on cultural activities aimed to give form to the island’s rich cultural identities as new events will take centerstage.
Alongside the annual events, new activities will be launched during the weeklong festivities set on October 22-26, 2019, as deliberated and approved in an initial meeting on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Governor’s Office Conference Room.
This year’s Catandungan fest will feature an exhibit of municipal cultural icons that will be mounted at the Virac Sports Center, and the 1st Regional Conference on Catandungan Studies that aims to gather research work surrounding Catandungan culture, heritage, and history.
The Grand Catandungan Parade, usually done through a civic-military march, will also evolve into a spectacle of floats that showcases the cultural identities of the 11 municipalities in the island.
After years of hiatus, the prestigious search for The Outstanding Catandungan Awards (TOCA) will be revived to honor exemplary Catandunganons that have significantly shaped the island in different sectors.
Another highlight will be the soft opening of Capitol Farmville, an initiative of Acting Gov. Shirley A. Abundo, in coordination with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and Provincial Tourism Office, which transforms idle lands in the Capitol complex to agri-tourism landscapes.
The calendar of activities set the first day include the Drum & Lyre Corp. Competition on the Capitol Grounds; Opening of Hudaw Cuatro: Photo Exhibit in 2F Capitol Building; and Talent Night and Presentation of Candidates for Bb. Catanduanes at Virac Town Center.
Simultaneous activities will be accommodated on the second day at 8:00 in the morning such as the Heritage Talk and Tour and Kurit Dos (Heritage Visual Arts Workshop) to be held at cultural & historical sites; Cultural Quiz Bee at the SP Session Hall; Culinary Contest at the Capitol Lobby; and the start of the two-day regional conference on Catandungan Studies.
On the fourth day, Padadyaw sa Tinampo will be held at 7 am, I am M.A.D (Making A Difference) Camp at 8 am, and the Governor’s Ball at 7 pm.
On October 26, a thanksgiving mass followed by the third Parade of Faith participated in by the 11 municipalities with their respective parishes will be held.
A fellowship night dubbed as “Fiesta nin Catanduanes” will conclude the festivities.
A series of committee meetings will be conducted to finalize the calendar of activities and the details of each event.
Heads of tourism-related departments in the Capitol, provincial and municipal tourism officers, representatives from the academe, line agencies, tourism enterprises and private sector convene in a meeting presided over by Acting Gov. Shirley A. Abundo to discuss the calendar of activities for this year’s Catandungan festival.