Ma­galang leap­ing to progress with Ca­maru fes­ti­val

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MA­GALANG- “The rea­son why we re­vived the Ca­maru Fes­ti­val is be­cause back then, Ma­galang was de­rived from the word ‘Ma­galo’which means a way of mov­ing and wav­ing from one place to an­other which is our theme ‘Me­tung king Panyu­lung, Luksu ka Balen Ma­galang,’mean­ing a leap to a pro­gres­sive mu­nic­i­pal­ity”.

Thus said Mayor Malu Paras-Lac­son dur­ing the four-day cel­e­bra­tion of the fifth Piyestang Ca­maru (mole cricket) last Au­gust 21 to 24 in this town.

“This year’s ac­tiv­i­ties were aligned with the mes­sage that we wish to im­part to the peo­ple of Ma­galang, as well as aware­ness to the peo­ple that our town is united in progress and de­vel­op­ment which is em­bod­ied in our slo­gan ‘One Ma­galang,’” Lac­son said.

She said that the re­vival of the fes­ti­val was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess, cit­ing that in the past ad­min­is­tra­tion the fes­ti­val was dis­con­tin­ued be­cause of fi­nan­cial con­straints.

“We have re­vived the Ca­maru fes­ti­val and had tapped lo­cal schools, barangays and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit. It is a joint ef­fort,” Lac­son said.

The lady mayor re­counted that back in the old days, Ma­galang was an agri­cul­tural town and farm­ers of­ten sell crick­ets to buy­ers com­ing from An­ge­les City and nearby towns.

Mean­while, Mu­nic­i­pal Tourism Of­fi­cer Ryan Mi­randa said that the Piyestang Ca­maru is a cel­e­bra­tion of how rich the Ka­pam­pan­gan cul­ture is.

Mi­randa said that the fes­ti­val will boost tourism be­cause of the event which he noted is a so­cio cul­tural up­lift.

“We are invit­ing peo­ple es­pe­cially non-Ka­pam­pan­gans, even non-Filipinos to visit Ma­galang. We are try­ing to pro­mote the rich­ness of the Ka­pam­pan­gan cul­ture. Ev­ery year we are in­tro­duc­ing dif­fer­ent events and ev­ery year it be­comes big­ger and bet­ter,” Mi­randa said.

He said that Ca­maru is an au­then­tic Ka­pam­pan­gan dish which is fa­mous in Pam­panga, known to be the culi­nary cap­i­tal of the coun­try.

Mi­randa said that Ma­galang is home to a lot of good cooks as well as au­then­tic Ka­pam­pan­gan res­tau­rants.

The Piyestang Ca­maru was high­lighted by the street danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion joined by 10 com­pet­ing ele­men­tary and high school stu­dents, tat­too com­pe­ti­tion, bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, va­ri­ety show and the dec­la­ra­tion of the He­li­o­graph Tow­ers.

For his part, Vice-Mayor Nor­man Lac­son said that the Sang­gu­nian Bayan has al­ready passed an or­di­nance declar­ing Au­gust 21 to 24 of ev­ery year as Piyestang Ca­maru.— Chris Navarro

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