Festival attracts participation of LGUs from Leyte and Southern Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
2nd Batobalani Festival of Bato, Leyte which was conducted on January
25, was deemed successful with the participation in by about seven
festivals from the nearby municipalities of the provinces of Leyte and
Batobalani Festival is
being conducted as a tribute to Senor Sto. Niño who is the Patron of
Bato, Leyte. It is held on the fiesta day of Bato on January 25.
Bato Mayor Luis Kuizon
said the Batobalani Festival was made more significant with the
presence of the representative of the fifth district of Leyte in the
person of Congresswoman Carmen Cari and three Leyte Mayors, Hindang
Mayor Cabal, Dulag Mayor Manuel Sia Que and Tanauan Mayor Roque Tiu.
participants to the Batobalani Free Interpretation Dance Competition,
include the Tribu Indang from Hindang, Leyte; Karatong of Dulag, Leyte;
Tribu ni Nanay of Ormoc City; Baybayanon of Baybay City; Tribu
Malitboganon of Malitbog, Leyte; Karatong sa Kabukiran of Bontoc,
Southern Leyte and Pasaka of Tanauan, Leyte.
The Karatong of Dulag,
Leyte won the first prize of P70,000. The Pasaka of Tanauan got the
second place with a cash prize of P50,000. The Tribu Malitboganon won
the third place and the cash prize of P30,000.00.
Mrs. Renilda T. Kuizon,
the Chairwoman of the Batobalani Free Interpretation Dance Competition
expressed gratitude to the participating festivals.
She also thanked the
generous sponsors which include Leyte Governor Carlos Jerico L.
Petilla and Congresswoman Cari, who made possible the holding of the
expressed hope of developing the Batobalani Festival into a better and
bigger festival in the years to come.