Among Northern Samar popular festival of festivals

About 10 contingents from different towns of Northern Samar joined this year’s Agta Festival held in Bobon town last Sunday(Jan.14). The contingency from Catarman, ‘Tribu Kawayanon’ was adjudged as the best among the competing contingents. (Northern Samar Provincial Tourism Office)

TACLOBAN CITY – The ‘Tribu Kawayanon’ of Barangay Cawayan, Catarman town was declared the grand champion in this year’s Agta Festival competition held in Bobon town, Northern Samar.

Tribu Kawayanon bested nine other contingents from other towns of the province of the yearly festival that venerates and gives thanks for all the blessings the municipality receives through the intercession of the Sto. Niňo, its patron.

As grand champion, Tribu Kawayanon won P300, 000.

Tribu Sto. Niňo of Bobon town bagged second place and won P200,000 while Tribu Carang of San Jose town was in 3rd place winning P100,000.

Incidentally, Tribu Sto. Niňo and Tribu Carang were also the 2nd and 3rd place winners during last year’s Agta Festival participated by seven contingents.

Of the 10 contingents that joined the Agta Festival this year, five came from Catarman, two from San Jose, one from Lope de Vega, one from San Roque, and one from Bobon.
Agta Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Northern Samar and in the region which dates back in the 1980s.

In 1980, the Agta Festival was celebrated by having mass, ‘sakay-sakay’ or fluvial procession but the following year, festival contingents and competitions were included to give more glamour and festivity vibes to the annual celebration.