Part of N. Samar’s 58th founding anniversary

CATARMAN, Northern Samar– The ‘Kadayaw Festival’ of Pambujan town bagged the grand champion award at the first-ever Ibabao Festivals of Festival held last Sunday (June 18).

The Kadayaw Festival is a ritual presentation performed by the locals every first full moon of the year – a gesture of prayer to the Almighty for bountiful farm and sea produce the whole year round.

The contingent won P300,000 cash prize for winning the festival competition.
The ‘Lobika Festival of Lope de Vega won P200,000 as first runner-up and the Parayan Festival of San Roque which bagged 2nd runner-up with a cash prize of P100,000.

Sixteen festival contingents from 16 of the 24 municipalities in Northern Samar province competed in the first Ibabao Festival of Festivals held in celebration of the province’s 58th founding anniversary held every June 19.

It is one of the highlights of the two-week Ibàbao Festival activities that started on June 4 with the theme”Proudly Ibàbaonon: Promoting tourism, preserving history, sustaining progress.”

Ibabao was used to name the festival, deriving from the ancient name of Northern Samar based on historical accounts.
The Ibabao Festival was launched to entice tourists to visit Northern Samar known for its rock formations, white and pristine beaches, among others. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)