The municipality of Narra launched on October 20 its annual Palay Festival, a celebration honoring the town’s palay farmers.
Now on its 16th year, this year’s celebration has the theme of “Palay Festival Ipagdiwang, Arangkada Narra!” which also depicts the gathering of local family of farmers all around Narra’s 23 barangays, which are mostly consists and resided by farming households and fisherfolks.
“Kaya ganoon ang tema natin ngayong taon kasi lahat ng farmers natin at mangingisda ito ‘yong time nilang lahat ng magsama-sama to celebrate. At inaasahan din natin na tuloy-tuloy ‘yong pagsulong ng Narra at the same time,” Sherwin Corpuz, Tourism Office Head of Narra said.
Coinciding with the event is the holding Wednesday of a Tribal Olympics organized by the Joint Task Force Peacock of the 3rd Marine Brigade. The competition was designed to bring indigenous communities closer to government and wean them away from influences of rebel groups operating in their areas.
Captain Jordan Mijares, Civil Military Operation Officer of 3rd Marine Brigade, urged the IP to be wary of the NPA’s activities and encouraged them to report the presence of rebels to authorities.
“‘Wag kayong magpapalinlang dahil magaling sila magsalita at lagi kong sinasabi na lagi silang nand’yan ‘yon ay dahil d’yan sila nagtatago kaya dapat sinasabi ninyo,” Mijares said.
With P2-million budget allocated, the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Narra spearheaded this year’s festivity with a variety of agricultural trade fare and programs intended for the delight and benefit of their local farmers and fisher folks.
Corpuz said that this year’s festival is distinct compared to the previous celebrations the Narranon people experienced.
“Mas bongga talaga ngayon kasi we’re able to sustain a 10-day celebration,” Corpuz said.
The 16th Palay Festival formally opened with colorful floats and painted carabaos parade competition.
Narra Mayor Lucena Demaala also awarded this year’s outstanding farmers selected from different classifications ranging from crop farming, fruit farming, fishing category and other agricultural–related titles.
This year’s outstanding farmers received agricultural equipment and cash prizes to help them with their needs.
Other events in the 10-day merriment include Mutya ng Narra, motocross competition and exhibition, street-dancing competition and other games and dance performances that will highlight Narra’s vibrant culture and tourist places.
(With reports from Genn Cansino Magdayao)