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Katagman Festival 2012: Oton moving to greater heights (Part 1)

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Oton’s weeklong celebration of the Katagman Festival this year indeed showcased the town’s progress while at the same time looking back to its long glorious past. This year’s edition of Katagman has received local and international audience – a testament to the local government unit’s push for implementing the festival with world-class standards. Come and see the 2012 Katagman Festival in its full color and vibrancy.

Definitely, Oton has many treasures to be proud and each one was celebrated in the festival. From historical artifacts to long-standing traditions and natural wonders, Oton is indeed a very rich town.

So why Katagman Festival? Previously, the Oton celebrates it the name of  Ogtonganon Festival. But further research points that Katagman is the appropriate name for festival as Katagman was the ancient name of the town. The town in the end of Batiano river was the seat of power (Katiringban et Madia-as) even before the arrival of the Spaniards and was a thriving civilization having trade with merchants coming from China and Southeast Asia. 440 years after its declaration as a pueblo by the Spanish friar  Fray Martin de Rada, Oton is now moving to achieve its greater potential as part of the economic hub in Panay. There’s so much to celebrate in this year’s Katagman.

So here are some of the events in the this year’s Katagman Festival:

(Photo on top) With the inauguration of the public market, Oton has yet broken ground in good governance. The LGU has been very active in improving the livelihood of its people by giving the face of the market a new and fresher look.

Borador sa Katagman: This kite-flying competition is running for years now. Held at the open fields in Trapiche, the kites fly high under the cool sea breeze. See story here –  “Borador? It’s more fun in Oton’s Katagman Festival”

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With the festival theme, Ogtong Padulong sa Kauswagan, Kasaysayan Aton Tipigan, students and young participants painted how they perceived Oton’s past and their vision of the town’s future. A glimpse into the dreams of the town’s future leaders, the young has so much in store in making their home, a town of the future. Here are some of the entries in the On-the-Spot Painting Contest:

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The Agri-Fair, Garden Show & Plant Sale/One-Barangay-One Product Exhibit is a showcase of the Ogtonganons’ skills in gardening and design. Beautiful gardens sprouted in the plaza during this exhibit.

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Other events include:

  • Lampirong Shelling and Eating contest (Lampirong is the shell used in making capiz decors. The shell is very abundant in Oton, making it the Lampirong capital of the province.)
  • Porma Baras (a sand sculpting competition)
  • Local games take center stage in the town’s Laro ng Lahi where Ogtonganons rediscover the fun, Pinoy style.
  • What’s more fitting to display the beauty of Lin-ays of Oton? The Hiyas sang Katagman truly features the beauty and charms of the ladies of Oton.
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Oton also welcomed several mayors from Guam who were invited to witness the Music, Dance and Theater Competition. Also included in the program is the official welcoming of the signing of the pact of sisterhood between Oton and the towns of Guam.  This was followed by a fireworks display.
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A prelude to the main highlight of the festival, the street dancing around the town center revved up the energy. The exotic dancing coupled with loud drum beating is one of the exciting events in the festival. Here are some of the snapshots in the streetdancing:

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It’s more fun in Oton with the Katagman Festival. A place to be every May, Oton will definitely awe its visitors with the town’s rich and priceless wealth of history, faith and culture. 

Part 2 of this article contains the highlight, Katagman’s Music, Dance and Theater Competition.

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