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By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
January 29, 2009

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 Southern Leyte.

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.

This year’s 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 competition.

Mayor Kuizon expressed hope of developing the Batobalani Festival into a better and bigger festival in the years to come.