PIA News Service - Sunday, September 11, 2011

Baoto Festival – a recognition to Agusanons’ forefathers

by Nora CL Molde

The 30K paddling competition/marathon – the signature sport of the province of Agusan del Norte is now on its 10th year giving highlights to the celebration of the 10thBaoto Festival and is considered as the longest paddling race in the Philippines for three-seater dug-out canoes.

The Baoto Festival, according to Festival Director Edgar M. Palarca, Jr., was conceptualized ten years ago to give recognition to Agusanons’ forefathers. It is an island race that pays tribute to the “baoto” or native dug-out canoes.

Baoto is an old name for baroto (boat). It is the means of transportation of our ancestors in traversing rivers, oceans & lake.

The celebration of the festival is set every third week of September where level of water in Lake Mainit - fourth largest lake in the Philippines, and also the deepest lake in the country is high. It is located in northeastern part of Mindanao and shared between the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte.

The paddling competition will be held in Jabonga - one of the 10 towns in the province of Agusan del Norte gifted with scenery as it is embraced by mountain ranges and surrounded by lakes perfect for the said event.

This year’s Baoto festival will feature free adventure skills training such as paddling, mountaineering, caving, snorkeling and single rope technique.

The festival will be held on September 13-16, 2011with the main venue in Jabonga where lake Mainit is located while some events will be held at Kitcharao, Santiago and Tubay.

Baoto races/contests include the following: 150 m. double slalom – men/women, boys/girls; 75 m. single sprint – men/women, boys/girls and the most beautiful baoto.

The finale event which is the 30k paddling marathon from Jabonga to Tubay will be participated in by the different municipalities in Agusan del Norte and other provinces.

Come one, come all, let’s celebrate the Baoto Festival 2011 and experience the fun, excitement and big prizes. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Norte High wins Bonok-Bonok Festival 2011

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- The contingent from Surigao del Norte National High School (SNNHS) walked away triumphant from this year’s Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival after bagging the crown in the Free Interpretation category held Friday, September 9 at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

Now on its 23rd year, the festival features two categories - the Free Interpretation (FI) category requiring contingents to use live musical accompaniment and the Bonok-Bonok based using canned music and introducing the festival’s new official soundtrack.

This year, SNNHS contingent outwit other four contingents in the FI category and brought with them P200,000 as their winning prize. The Municipality of Tagana-an was named second place with P150,000 cash prize. The third prize went to the Municipality of Alegria that won a P100,000 cash prize. Special awards for Best in Choreography and Best in Streetdancing with a cash prize of P50,000 and P20,000 respectively, all went to SNNHS. The contingent from the Municipality of Alegria awarded Best in Music with P20,000 cash prize.

Meantime, five contingents from the city schools and barangays joined in the Bonok-Bonok based category to which R.C. Ouano Memorial Elementary School of Brgy. Cagniog outstandingly outdone the other four-contingents and emerge as the over-all winner receiving a cash prize of P100,000. Second prize winner was the contingent from Barangay Rizal in cooperation with B. Vasquez central Elementary School and Rizal National High school receiving a cash prize of P75,000 and the third prize went to Barangay Washington with P50,000 cash prize.

Special awards for Best in Choreography and Best in Streetdancing with a cash prize of P10,000 and P20,000 respectively, all went to R.C. Ouano Elementary School while the contingent from Barangay Rizal awarded Best in Costume with P10,000 cash prize.

The festival was graced by Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. along with other local officials led by City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and Gov. Sol Matugas. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan del Norte gearing for 10th Baoto Festival

by Brian Jay Ceballos

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 11 (PIA) – Preparations are in high gear for the “10th Baoto Festival 2011” which promises to surpass last year’s set of activities. The festival pays tribute to the “baoto” or native dug-out canoe which is the featured activity in the festival, the race for dug-out canoes or popularly known as the 30K Paddling Competition in Lake Mainit which is considered to be the longest paddling race in the Philippines for 3-seater dug-out canoes.

The Lake Mainit side in the municipality of Jabonga will host the big event with the support of other nearby municipalities namely: Kitcharao, Santiago and Tubay which are gifted with sceneries as they are embraced by mountain ranges and surrounded by the lake, perfect for the said festival. Other set of activities are also scheduled to be held in these municipalities.

The Provincial Government of Agusand del Norte headed by Governor Erlpe John M. Amante will head the festival thru the Community Affairs Division (CAD). “All committees are set for the big event,” Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Officer and Festival Director Edgar Palarca Jr. announced.

The “baoto” (boat) competition shall also include “baoto” race without an outrigger, regatta using only the sail made from indigenous material, and the single and double Slalom for men and women category. The most beautifully design Baoto will be chosen with a price.

To create environmental awareness, the organizers will also be conducting tree planting activity at the Lantawan Eco Park, Kitcharao which will be participated in by different delegations of government offices and different schools.

Other activities also include: Kite Flying Competition which is sponsored by the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) which is headed by SP Member Nieva Famador; Cycling Competition; Beach Volleyball and Triathlon.

This year’s festival is promising to add more colorful activities to the event to lure guests and spectators from every corner of the land. Sumayajaw Dancers will be performing in the said festival coupled with fireworks display and booths of different sponsors so you can buy food, drinks or souvenir items.

The CAD is pressing for new sponsors to come aboard together with the joint support of the Provincial Government and the LGU’s that are involved to boost the capability of the organizers to give the crowd a show above any other.

All of the activities are participated in by the different municipalities in Agusan del Norte and other provinces and you can only witness such event in this part of the province. (PIA-Caraga)


DOST Caraga to host 1st Reg’l Invention Contest and Exhibits

by Norma B. Alli

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Office headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta will be hosting the 2011 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) with the theme: “Imbensyon at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa Pag-unlad” on September 21-23, 2011 at Luciana Convention Center, J.P. Rosales Avenue, this city.

The activity will feature inventions and exhibits and other invention development endeavors which will promote the commercialization of inventions and technologies of Caraga inventors and researchers.

The regional winners in the said contest will receive cash prizes and plaques/certificates and will vie for major awards during the National Invention Contest in July 2002.

The invention contest is open to investors, students and researchers who are interested to participate under the following categories: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category (Likha Award), Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for High School, and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for College Students.

The Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) is a support initiative of the DOT-Technology and Promotion Institute and DOST regional offices for Republic Act 7459, also known as the National Inventors and Inventions Incentives Act of the Philippines. One of the provisions of the law, as implemented by DOST-TAPI, is the selection and granting of cash rewards to outstanding inventions. (DOST-13/PIA-Caraga)



Tagalog News: Dambuhalang isda na may bigat na 30kls, lumulutang sa Magallanes Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- Nagulantang ang mga residente na naninirahan sa Brgy. Sto. Niño sa bayan ng Magallanes Agusan del Norte matapos makita ang lumulutang na isang malaki at kakaibang uri ng isda bandang alas 7:00 ng umaga, Sabado (Sept. 10).

Ayon kay Sto. Niño Barangay Captain Candelaria Millanes, ang naturang isda ay may bigat na 30 kilo at may haba na mahigit sa limang talampakan, at may lapad na apat na tiil. Ito ay kulay puti at itim.

Ayon pa kay Kapitan Millanes, namataan ng mga mangingisda ang nasabing isda nung nakaraang gabi. Makailang bese nila ito pinalo nila ito nang lumapit sa lambat nilang panghuli. Ngunit dahil sa kadiliman ay di nila makita ang naturang isda.

Hindi umano inakala ng mga mangingisda na ang kanilang pinapalo ay isa palang malaking isda.
Kinumpirma ni Kapitan Millanes na wala silang nakikita na pasa sa katawan ng isda dahil matitigas din ang balat nito.

Sa ngayon pinaplano na ni Kapitan Millanes at iba pang lokal na opisyal ng barangay na kanilang ililibing ang patay na isda, at hindi ito ipapakain sa mga residente upang walang maidulot na kapahamakan. (BR/PIA-Caraga)