San Juan town in Siquijor holds Bugwas festival
by Rizalie A. Calibo
Province of Siquijor (29 August) -- Unmindful of the entrance fee, crowd continue to flock the San town to witness "the grandest ever" Bugwas Festival that opens Sunday at the sprawling San Juan Social Center marking the opening of the town fiesta celebration in honor of its Patron Saint, St. Augustin of Hippo.
Now on its third year, Bugwas Festival showcases the unique culture of San Juanians that drew the interest of thousands of local and foreign visitors. "It depicts of the townfolk's spirit of sharing with the bounty of nature (water) that brings to them good harvest.
Organizers of the festival said the staging of the Bugwas Festival entails the cooperation of both the government and the private sector which is very strong in the town as revealed in the Bugwas story.
It is a brainchild of a group of pro-active individuals who saw the need to organize a big relevant event that would set them identity as a community and as a people. Composing the San Juan Tourism Council, they are Mayor Edwin M. Quimno as chairman, Atty. Ray Rene T. Buac, Ma. Arlene Mack as the then Vice Chairman, now the chairman of the Bugwas Management Team and all the members of the MTC.
This year's festival has six entries from the Bugwas "tribes" composing clustered barangays and other participants from the academe, the government and the business sectors namely: Tribu Habagat, Tribu Sulog Ubog-ubog, Tribu Canaway, Tribu Subasco, Tribu Haguros and Tribo Batonggala.
Tribu Habagat is composed of barangays Poblacion, Cansayang, Napo and Tubod; Tribu Sulog Ubog-ubog of barangays Can-asagan, Candura, and St. John High School; and Tribu Canaway of barangays Tambisan, Cangmunag, Catulayan and Tag-ibo.
Tribu Subasco is composed of the employees of the local government unit of San Juan, while Tribu Haguros is composed of teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd).
Tribu Batonggala is composed of Barangays Tambisan, Paliton, solangon and Lalao.
Winners are the Tribu Haguros, first place and Best in Street Dancing; Tribu Subasco, second place and Best in costume and Tribu Habagat, third place and Best in choreography.
The Bugwas Management Team composed mostly of beach resort owners also showed their dancing skills in the production number during the opening of the Bugwas Festival showdown. (PIA) [top]