Newly-crowned Miss Opol 2016 Erika Glaiza Tablizo and her court (from left) second runner-up Marriah Caudor, Miss Opol Tourism 2016 Jerah Kate Selim, Miss Opol Ostrich Festival 2016 Jenny Yungod and first runner-up Maika Louisse Vacalares. photo by mark francisco
By MARK FRANCISCO
A junior high school lass of Liceo de Cagayan University was adjudged Miss Opol 2016 last Saturday.
Erika Glaiza Tablizo, fondly called Kay-kay by people close to her, was the beautiful maiden representing barangay Malanang bested 14 other deserving candidates in the pageant which was part of the 2nd Opol Ostrich Festival.
Known for its fine beaches, not many people know that Opol town in Misamis Oriental is also home to the largest ostrich farm in this part of the country.
Photo show (from left) outgoing Miss Opol 2015 Alexa Patriana, Jo Palabao of Businessweek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily, Opol Mayor Maximino Seno, newly-crowned Miss Opol 2016 Erika Glaiza Tablizo and Vice Mayor Chizarina Ortigoza. photo by mark francisco
If you want to be awed and experience the thrill of being in the middle of a nest of giant birds, then come to the ostrich farm in Opol.
A thousand of these 8-foot flightless yet swift-running African birds can be found in none other than Tablizo’s beautiful home village of Malanang.
Owned by the Limketkai family in Cagayan de Oro City, the ostrich farm is a food-producing business yet at the same time a tourist spot. The farm features more than ostriches – it also has 50 crocodiles, peacocks, Chinese chicken, sheep and hyacinth Macau parrots.
The farm, which opened in 1966, are visited by tourists and Cagayanons on family or friend getaways mostly on weekends. In 2015, the local government of Opol led by Mayor Maximino Seno instituted an annual Ostrich Festival to give homage to the unique tourist spot found only in their town.
Ostrich meat is good for health-conscious people since they are low in cholesterol, fat and calories compared to chicken.
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