As part of the annual fiesta celebration
TACLOBAN CITY – After the successful staging last year, the city government of Catbalogan brought back the ‘Karisyuhan han Kakalsahan’ Manaragat Night Parade as part of the major activities for the 20th Manaragat Festival.
The 20th Manaragat Festival is part of the several activities prepared by the city government through its tourism and information offices as part of its annual fiesta in honor of its patron saint St. Bartholomew the Apostle held every August 24.
The competition was joined by seven clustered offices and six clustered villages in the city.
They showcased colorful and lively underwater life through parade gimmicks and illuminated floats featuring local fishes and shells that are found in the seawaters of the Samar provincial capital.
Winners in the festival float competitions were the Lawayan cluster of the City Legal and City Treasurer’s Office (2nd runner-up), Pakul cluster of the City Health Office and City Veterinary Office (1st runner-up), and the Lambiaw cluster of the Sangguniang Panlungsod office and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office as champion.
For the parade gimmick barangay category, the Bukawil cluster bagged the 1st place, while the Karang-karang cluster was awarded as champion.
For the Manaragat Festival grand showdown, which was temporarily stopped by the city government in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Samar National High School emerged as champion winning P200,000.
The Manaragat Festival showdown this year featured folk dances anchored on the theme “Katawhan Katbalogan: Dancing the Waves of Change”.
Samar National High School won the best in musicality and best in costume awards, winning cash prize of P20,000.
The Guinsorongan National High School bagged the 1st runner-op winning P100,000, and the Catbalogan Comprehensive National High School that presented “An Marul” was in 2nd place and won P75,000.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)