[Leisure] Festival still glitters Batangas tourism

 

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BATANGAS CITY–Only three municipalities may have joined this year’s Ala Eh Festival dance competition on Dec. 8 and not as many also joined the float parade.

Yet viewers of all ages were treated with the same kind of drama and excitement as the province capped its week-long celebration of Batangas province’s 432nd founding year anniversary.

Lording rivals in the dance competition were eventual two-time champions the Sto. Tomas street dancers given their five-minute rendition of the infamous Mahaguyog (mais, halaman, gulay at niyog) Festival. Adding to their magnificent performance were the colorful costumes and props.

Calatagan town's lantern

Calatagan town’s lantern (photo by MARLON LUISTRO / TFC)

Finishing second were performers of Nasugbu’s Sugbuan Festival, followed by Malvar’s Nata de Coco Festival. Each of the said participating teams received cash prizes of P200,000 for the champion; P150,000 and P100,000 for second and third placers respectively.

Beautifully-decorated and designed floats also paraded across the main streets of Batangas City despite cloudy weather. Calaca’s wedding-inspired float was adjudged as the best among the 11 participating floats. The entries of Batangas City and Alitagtag, with their galleon and religious-inspired floats, placed second and third, respectively.

The week-long festivity (December 1 to 8) also showcased trade fairs of native Batangueño products, with Lobo, Tanauan City and Calaca awarded as the best managed booths.

Some 20 municipalities also joined this year’s parol-making contest, with lanterns made out of indigenous and recycled materials such as sugarcane stalks, coconut husks, mongo beans and corn. Taysan town won along with Batangas City and Calatagan municipality.

This year, Taal municipality’s Lyza Dianne Hernandez was crowned Mutya ng Batangan 2013. Following Hernandez, in order of their rank, were Padre Garcia’s Janna Perez, Agoncillo’s Aziel de Sagun, Lipa City’s Louisa Mae Laylo and Lobo’s Krissandra Marie Abel.

The Ala Eh Festival is a celebration of Batangueño pride and culture. This year’s festivity coincides with Batangas’ province’s foundation day. It aims to unite Batanguenos from 31 municipalities and three cities and promote Batangas as a premiere tourist destination in the Philippines and in the Calabarzon Region.

Batangas came from the root word “batang” which refers to pieces of log found at the Calumpang River. Batangas was officially recognized as a province of Spain in 1581, with Balayan as its first capital; later Taal in 1732; and most recently, Batangas City.

Batangas was one of the first eight provinces that revolted against the Spanish invaders, earning the province a spot on the sun’s eight rays on the Philippine flag.

It was the hometown of the country’s national heroes such as Apolinario Mabini, Marcella Agoncillo and Miguel Malvar, as well as former President Jose P. Laurel.

 

The Ala-Eh Festival was hosted by Batangas City (photo by the Batangas provincial government)

The Ala-Eh Festival was hosted by Batangas City (photo by the Batangas provincial government)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

Photo by the Batangas provincial government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Text and photos by MARLON ALEXANDER S. LUISTRO