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Friday, June 11, 2021

SurSur LGU celebrates 25th Kaliguan Festival

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur, Jun. 11 (PIA) -- Various festivities are set to launch amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as the municipality of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur celebrates its 25th Kaliguan Festival. 

In lieu of the usual celebrations, competitions will be hosted virtually, such as the "Sayaw sa Kaliguan" and the "Virtual Tour Guiding", of which aimed for participating locals to express their own portrayal of the rich culture and heritage the municipality holds. 

The "Sayaw sa Kaliguan" is open to all the participants within Caraga Region while the "Virtual Tour Guiding" is open to all professional and amateur tour guides, with residents and local tourists joining in as audiences.

The top three winners in the "Sayaw sa Kaliguan" will receive a cash prize of P80,000, P60,000, and P40,000 respectively while five entries garnerning remarks succeeding to the main winners will receive a consolation prize of P5,000. Competitors may also bag special awards such as the Social Media Awards and Best in Virtual Creativity, where winners will receive a P2,500 cash prize under each category.

The winners of the Tour Guiding Virtual Competition will receive the following cash prizes: 1st place - P15,000.00; 2nd place - P10,000.00; and 3rd place - P5,000.00. A P1,000.00 worth of consolation prizes will be given to the succeeding top ten entries.

Special awards will also be given to participants, with winning entries receiving P2,000 for the Social Media Award and P1,000 for each winner of the Best Tagline and Visual Creativity Awards.

All the entries were posted on the official Facebook page of LGU Cagwait. 

The Kaliguan Festival is celebrated in honor of the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. "Kaliguan", which means "a place for bathing," is a thanksgiving for the blessings received by community members and was first held on June 24, 1996. It was initiated by the Municipal Tourism Council chaired by the present Mayor Lillian Yu-Lozada in collaboration with the Municipal Government of Cagwait, the Provincial Government, and the Department of Tourism. (DMNR/NGB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)