Feature: "Heavy rains cannot stop us" - Navaleņos
By Rodrigo S. Victoria
Naval, Biliran (29 September) -- The early morning scattered rainshowers and the threatening sight of a heavy cloudy sky were two of the not so good heavenly phenomena which gave a signal that a heavy rain is coming.
Despite the uncooperative weather on that early morning of September 26, Navaleņos as far as from the mountain barangay of Libtong and from the island barangays of Libertad and Mabini situated in Higatangan island were part of the large and animated crowd who were very much willing to participate and took part in the historic event which is the 147th Pueblo Day of Naval.
The early morning parade of the 147th Pueblo Day was the beginning of a more exciting and fun-filled series of activities going into the D-Day of the fiesta.
Anxiety about the bad weather condition seemed to vanish among the happy faces of the participants as the flickering rays of the sun started to show signs of hope that the weather wasn't that bad at all that day.
The walk started and participants representing the different government functionaries as well as from the various private entities stationed in Naval begun their brisk strides unmindful of the unpredictable weather.
A mixture of the past and the present and an assimilation of the young and the old generations was the prevailing picture as can be gleaned closely from the participants of the parade.
While the teaching force coming from the Naval South District were wearing a sarong, as skirt and a bandana over their heads others were in their shirt and pants putting a distinction of what generation they belong too.
Banners from the different groups were also outsmarting each other as Barangay Agpangi used a tarpaulin material while the participants from Barangay Libertad used the traditional tikog mat embroidered with the theme of the celebration: "Bag-ong Naval, Bag-ong Paglaum" What a theme! Well anyway, there's always good in being new.
Having the picture of a favorable atmosphere enveloping the march, the organizers of the activity already thought that the good weather will continue but suddenly when the participants at the tail end of the parade were almost near the finish line which was at the municipal hall, heavy rains poured down prompting some of the participants to take cover of their umbrellas and any available materials that could shield them from the rains.
Others who did not bring any shield from the heavy downpour that continued to unleash seemed unperturbed with the chilling effect of the cold heavenly showers.The heavy downpour continued without a blink, participants who did not care to take shelter continued to blaze the raging natural showers until they reached the final stop at the municipal grounds of Naval.
The rain-soaked and enthusiastic participants murmured "the heavy rains cannot stop us".
The Pueblo night was not spared by the heavy rains and yet the Navaleņos who were enjoying to the fullest inside the New Naval Gymnasium did not even noticed the downpour.
They were fascinated and beholden by the colorful and enjoyable presentations depicting the culture, traditions and practices of the people in Naval coming from the 26 barangays and from some of the participating agencies.
Who could took notice of the heavy rains outside when they saw the Birthday Girl, the woman of the night clad in dark pink blouse and skirt, the first ever lady mayor of Naval, Mayor Susan V. Parilla who turned 49 years old when the timepiece struck at 12:01 early morning the following day when the euphoric atmosphere still enveloped that night affair that lasted until the early morning of September 27.
Nevertheless, whether the rain will continue and be present in all the succeeding daily activites starting from the soggy Pueblo Day until October 6, it does not stop the Navaleņos from sticking to the ground of the celebration. (PIA-Biliran) [top]