Tuesday, February 15, 2005



Metro Post January 16 – 22, 2005

SIBULAN – Not resting on their laurels, the defending national champion in the 2003 Festivals of Festivals Competition held in Manila will hone their skills further by participating in the Sinulog 2005 in Cebu City, touted as the biggest religious event in the region.

The 160 – strong Sibulan Yagyag contingent will compete in the street dancing and the showdown competition categories. Most of them are residents of Barangay Cangmating.

Joining the participants in Cebu are Cangmating Barangay Capt. Edwin Parajado,, Sangguniang Bayan Councilor Maning Diputado who is chair of the Committee on Tourism, Culture & Arts, trainor Dean David “Dingdong” Ang, and the Sibulan Mayor’s staff led by Alexdel Fortin.

Sibulan Mayor Antonio Renacia said he allocated P75,000 from the tourism fund as support for the Yagyag presentation.

The amount is augmented by the P100,000 financial assistance given by the Provincial government.

Mayor Renacia said that while retaining the throne as the country’s cream of the crop is the group’s primary aim, promoting Sibulan as a potential investment and tourist destination is an encompassing goal.

“The Sinulog in Cebu is a good venue to promote Sibulan as people from all walks of life will be there.” Mayor Renacia added.

The Yagyag was conceptualized six years ago by residents of Cangmating, one of the six coastal barangays in the municipality of Sibulan.

Yagyag is derived from the word pagyagyag, the local people’s term for the spawning process of the crab.

The riverbanks of Cangmating is a habitat of crabs. In the last quarter of every year, thousand of land crabs (locally called caging) come out at night to either mate or lay their eggs a long the riverbanks of Cangmating.

The story of the Yagyag presentation revolves around the process by which the barangay folks prepare to bring out their covered bamboo baskets, lighted torches, and bamboo traps at night.

The Yagyag has gone a long way from being an inter-purok competition during its annual fiesta in June, to being a major cultural showcase for the province of Oriental Negros.

Mayor Renacia said he is grateful to the strong cooperative and enduring spirit of the residents of Cangmating under the leadership of Barangay Capt. Parajado. (Sibulan MPIO/Connie Rosales)

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