KANANGA, Leyte-‘Kanangahanong Matahom’ represented by Kananga National High School, and ‘Familia Matahom’ represented by Kananga Central of Kananga District 1 were declared as festival champions of the first ever Kananga Kaanyag Festival held at the Kananga Central School ground on Sunday(June 11).

Kanangahanong Matahom’s Gracel Lagancia was also voted as the Kaanyag Festival Queen.
Aside from the two major awards the Kananga District III also won minor awards such as best in street dance, most discipline, best float, and photogenic award receiving P10,000 prize from each of the awards.

Mayor Vicente Matt Torres disclosed that the Kaanyag Festival was a result of an intensive and comprehensive cultural mapping assisted by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

This way, he said, their festival will be accurate and will truly showcase the town’s history and culture.

Torres also commended the festival committee and all volunteers and the Municipal Tourism Council for the launching of the event which will be the official festival of the municipality.
Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes commended the holding of the festival.

The holding of the festival is part of the 73rd founding anniversary of the town which is on July 17. (LIZBETH ANN. ABELLA/ROBERT T. DEJON)