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Catanduanes Marks 17th Catandungan Festival

VIRAC, Cataduanes, October 23 (PIA) -- Catanduanes celebrates the provincial 67th founding anniversary this October, 2012 also marking the celebration of the 17th Catandungan Festival in the province.

Catanduanes, a former sub-province of Albay, was created on October 24, 1945 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 687.

Festivities kicked off with the Inter-Agency Basketball Competition which started on October 1, 2012.

The 1st ever photography workshop was also held on October 13-14 at Rakdell Inn, Virac attended by photography enthusiasts.

A five-day Majestic Puraran Surfing Cup was held at Puraran Beach, Baras on October 19-23, with the country’s best surfers and surfing enthusiasts. Puraran is one of the top tourists destinations in the province and is one of the Philippines’ best surfing spots.

Tomorrow, October 24, a concelebrated mass will marked the start of the festival proper to be succeeded by a Civic Military Parade at downtown Virac considered as the longest parade in the province.

A mobile pass porting sponsored by the office of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Provincial Board Member Shirley A. Abundo will be held at the Provincial Capitol Dome with an estimated applicant of 500 individuals.

The Bb. Catandungan Pageant Night featuring the province’s beauty and brains will spice up the celebration with former Senator Miguel Zubiri as one of the judges.

Governor Joseph C. Cua said this year’s theme: “Sulong Catandungan Tungo sa Matuwid na Daan” will highlight the province’s effort for good governance.

He added that the event is also an opportunity for the Catandunganons to showcase their talents and the beauty of the island.

One of the event’s highlights the Festival of Festivals Showdown and Street Dancing Competition which will feature the various feasts of the 11 towns of the province will commence on October 26th.

A fireworks display at Virac Fountain and an Official Ball at the Provincial Capitol Dome will culminate the celebration. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

Source: PIA

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