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2009/10/06

Feature: Oktuba Fest, biggest boost to Leyte-Samar coco industry

Tacloban City (October 6) -- After the success of the first Oktuba Fest last year, the An Waray party list, in its noble desire to promote the local coconut industry is coming up with the 2nd Oktuba Fest on October 17 to 18.

Mr. Philip Jude A. Acidre, chief political officer and Regional Chairman of An Waray, informed that local government units from all over Leyte and Samar have confirmed their participation to the said event.

The exciting activities for this year's Oktuba Fest include the search for the Best Bahal, Best Bahalina, Best Tuba Concoction and Best Tuba-infused Dish.

Participating in these activities are the official representatives of the various local government units in Leyte and Samar Islands.

Mr. Acide said that one of the highlights in this year's Oktuba Fest is the TAGAY: The Largest Wine Tasting Event which will be held on October 18, at the Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

This celebration hopes to bring together 7,107 tuba wine-drinkers, representing the 7,107 islands of the Philippines, to break the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Wine Tasting Event.

Currently, the holder of the record is Spain, with a total of 5,095 participants. Breaking and setting the record in this event would prove to be a great achievement not only for the Eastern Visayas Region, but the Philippines as a whole.

The participants to the Wine Tasting event must at least be 18 years of age, Mr. Acidre said. Registration forms for the would-be participants, have been sent out and the deadline for submission of the pre-registration forms is on October 13.

The Pre-registrants will not only secure a slot for the event but are also entitled to an event souvenir.

Onsite registrations will also be conducted at the Rotonda of the Boys Scouts Monument near DepEd and Philippine Coconut Authority, the area near LAMP office at the MacArthur monument and the area on the left near the DENR office. (PIA 8) [top]

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