Borador? It’s more fun in Oton’s Katagman Festival
The sky was clear, the sun high up and glistening, and we’re at Trapiche, Oton open field to witness this year’s Borador sa Katagman Kite Flying Competition. With the blue horizon as our background, we enjoyed the colorful delight of seeing Ilonggo design creativity fly high in the air – the same height as the dreams and aspirations of the people of Oton for their progressive town. Come and see one of Iloilo’s tourism events having great potential – the Borador sa Katagman!
In this searing summer, Oton celebrates its 440th foundation day – making it one of the country’s oldest towns. No wonder, Ogtonganons have great pride in their banwa. With its glorious roots, Oton is certainly has a brighter future ahead of them.
Going back to the kites, this year’s edition of Borador were successful as ever. With more than 30 participants bringing their beautiful and colorful boradors (kites) and flying them high in the air, the spectators were amazed and truly entertained. The competition was held at the seaside barangay of Trapiche, Oton. Trapiche is also home to several beach resorts and, of course, the famous Nang Palang’s buko pies.
The design of the kites took inspiration from several sources. From mythical creatures to insects, to Christmas parols and patriotic themes, the kites were a sight to behold.
It was picnic day in Trapiche. Familes flocked the field to witness the colorful kites ride the summer winds high up in the air.
Here are some of the snapshots in 2012 Borador sa Katagman:
With more promotion and greater participants, Borador sa Katagman may become a national tourism event. Now a source of pride among Ogtonganons, this event has showcased the creativity and skills of our fellow Ilonggos in kite flying.