To showcase the products of Camiguin, Camiguin Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo (4th from left) together with Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo (2nd from right) leads the cutting of ribbon to formally open the First Handicraft Festival featuring wine holders and coin banks made of Batakan, egg baskets, door mats made of coco coir, paperweights made of Bitaog, fashion bags made of Nito, and more at Ugmad Site, Mambajao, Camiguin on January 5. (PIA/Camiguin)
One of the handicraft makers during the Camiguin's First Handicraft Festival, Gerry Cabantac of San Miguel Multipurpose Cooperative shows how to make fans out of Batakan (a native bamboo in Camiguin) on January 5 at Ugmad Site, Mambajao, Camiguin. (PIA/Camiguin)
Camiguin Provincial Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo (center left) together with Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo (center right) leads the unveiling of the 40th Lanzones Festival countdown marker during the opening of the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary on January 5 at Ugmad Site, Mambajao, Camiguin. (PIA/Camiguin)
The Provincial Government of Camiguin in partnership with the Department of Education (Deped) conducts the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary's Spelling Quiz Bee on January 5. For elementary level, Paradise Island Elementary School bags the first place while Agoho and Catarman Elementary Schools earn the second and third spots respectively. (PIA/Camiguin)
To teach sportsmanship, physical fitness and personal development among the youth, the Provincial Government of Camiguin holds the Inter-Municipality School Basketball Tournament at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex as part of the 51st Adlaw Ta Camiguin on January 5. (PIA/Camiguin)
To promote, enrich and relive the culture of Camiguingnons, the Provincial Government holds the "Ingsugilon Paagi Ta Sajaw" (cultural dance drama contest) as part of the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary celebration on January 5 at the Ugmad Site, Mambajao, Camiguin. (PIA/Camiguin)
CAMIGUIN,(PIA)—Featuring over 20 handicraft makers, and talents in sports, singing, dancing and more, the 51st Camiguin Founding Anniversary dubbed, “Adlaw Ta Camiguin,” officially opened on January 5 at the Ugmad Site, Mambajao, here.
Citing the developments in the island as well as the efforts in keeping Camiguin on top, Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said, “If we want to continue all these things, let’s not disintegrate.”
Just like in every household, if there is trouble, it will start to crack then it will crumble, go down and eventually all of the family members’ dreams will fail, Romualdo stressed.
Thus, in its anniversary, the Provincial Government of Camiguin in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Education (Deped), and other key national line agencies exerted effort to involve every Camiguingnon in working towards island development.
By aiding the local entrepreneurs particularly the handicraft makers through holding the First Handicraft Festival, the local government along with DTI believes that such will boost not only the usage of locally-grown materials but also the talents of handicraft makers in the island and their capability to augment family’s income.
“Malipayon kaayo mi nga nahatagon mi ug higayon nga maka-display sa among produkto aning kalihokan apil na ang proseso sa pagbuhat niini (We are very happy that we are given the chance to display our products and show how we process these products),” said Cresilito Estrella of the Camiguin Probation Pardons and Paroles Association.
Estrella’s paperweights and ball pen holders made of Bitaog is just among the many products highlighted in the handicraft festival.
Tourists and locals could also purchase and view the makings of fashion bags made of Nito, doormats made of coco coir by the women’s group in Agoho, Mambajao, lampshades, coin banks and wine holders made of ‘Batakan’ bamboos, accessories from broken glasses, bamboo wind chimes, baskets, slippers, and more until January 7.
Honing students’ skills
An integral part of putting Camiguin on top as stressed by Mayor Romualdo is the boost in personal and academic development of the youth in the island.
Thus, the local government in partnership with Deped spearheaded the Spelling Quiz Bee and Local History Quiz Bowl, “Tigi sa Kaalam sa Kasaysayan,” for elementary and secondary levels.
Sports enthusiasts were also able to show their skills in the Inter-Municipality High School Basketball Tournament and the Fun Run/Barkada Run at Cong. PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.
Local families and tourists also gathered during the night to witness the Kaplag sa Bituon (Cebuano solo singing contest for elementary pupils), Tinig at Himig ng Mag-irog (Tagalog duet contest for secondary level), and Ingsugilon Paagi Ta Sajaw (cultural dance drama contest).
By involving Camiguingnons of all ages in these activities, the mayor said such will help in uniting the province.
“The speed of success is always dependent on our dedication and willingness to sacrifice. We have to complement with each other and let’s not make excuses so we won’t crumble and fail,” Romualdo said. (RTP/PIA10)