Subaraw Bio­di­ver­sity Fes­ti­val fi­nally kicked off

Palawan Daily News - - Events - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

With col­or­ful head dresses and jolly faces, the Subaraw Fes­ti­val fi­nally kicked off with a com­mu­nity pa­rade at Bgy. Cabayu­gan, Sa­bang Wharf, Novem­ber 3, 2018. Hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent barangays, agen­cies and of­fices joined the open­ing of the first ever bio­di­ver­sity fes­ti­val of Puerto Princesa Un­der­ground River.

This is af­ter mark­ing the Puerto Princesa Un­der­ground River (PPUR) as one of the “seven won­ders of na­ture” and the Pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion of Subaraw Fes­ti­val as a na­tional event. Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron said that he in­vited Pres. Duterte to at­tend the event and hope­fully in­clude Subaraw Fes­ti­val in the na­tional cal­en­dar of events.

“Para sa kaala­man ng la­hat, ang at­ing pinaka-main event ay sa Novem­ber 10 to 11. Punong puno ng event sim­ula umaga hang­gang gabi at in­im­bita­han natin ang at­ing Pres­i­dente Ro­drigo Roa Duterte para sa pinakau­nang subaraw fi­es­ti­val nanini­wala ako sa kanyang mere pres­ence at mai­tataguyod ang subaraw fes­ti­val bi­lang na­tional event at mai­ha­hanay sa na­tional cal­en­dar ang at­ing pagdiri­wang ng subaraw fes­ti­val,” said Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron.

The lovely Subaraw Queens were also in­tro­duced dur­ing the kick-off pro­gram. It was fol­lowed by a boo­dle fight which was also joined by the city mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron and coun­cilors and other par­tic­i­pants. The Subaraw’s first day also in­cluded Foot­ball ex­hi­bi­tion and mu­sic fes­ti­val. The sec­ond day in­cluded ac­tiv­i­ties such as Sa­bang Beach coastal clean up and an hour of walk for the river coastal clean up at Bgy. Cabayu­gan.

Ac­cord­ing to Beth Ma­clang, park su­per­in­ten­dent of PPUR, the barangay unit and the PPUR of­fice, there is a twice a year clean up of the river be­cause the river is where the un­der­ground river’s wa­ter comes from. The barangay unit, for­est rangers, and other par­tic­i­pants cleaned up plas­tics, logs and other de­bris along the river. Also, the Subaraw fes­ti­val showa­cased other ac­tiv­i­ties like bangkar­era, beach vol­ley­ball and other more. The fes­ti­val will last up to Novem­ber 11, 2018.

Photo by Rex­ter John Remo/Palawan Daily News. Photo taken dur­ing the pa­rade for the open­ing of SUBARAW Bio­di­ver­sity Fes­ti­val at Sa­bang

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