ROXAS, Palawan — A 15-year-old Batak teen was crowned Wednesday as Mutya ng Caramay in relation to the “13th Banana Festival” and 115th Caramay Foundation Day celebrations here.
Crowned as Mutya ng Caramay on March 11 is Batak candidate Frecelyn Zumaraga.
Zumaraga impressed judges with her answer to the question, “If you will be given the chance to describe your barangay in three words, what is it and why?”
“Una po maayos, pangalawa po masisipag, at pangatlo po may takot sa Diyos,” she answered.
The other winning candidates are Cris Charlene Cabilao from Purok Mangingisda as Mutya ng Banana Festival 2020 and Joanna Patricia Cosenas of Purok Ilang-Ilang as Mutya ng Foundation 2020. The first runner-up is Princess Danica Badenas of Purok Pag-asa and second runner-up is Myka Angela Lagan of Purok Pagkakaisa.
“Mahalagang gunitain ang foundation day. Ito ay isang pag alaala sa istorya ng lugar, mga pundador at maging sa kulturang meron sa atin noon hanggang sa kasalukuyan. Ang festival natin ay ang pangunahing pagkakakilanlan ng aming barangay, maging pinagkakakitaan man o magagandang atraksyon. Dahil dito makikilala ang isang lugar kung saan naging pamoso ang mga pangunahing produkto na kanilang ikinabubuhay,” said Caramay barangay chairman Maria Ofelia Gabo.
Caramay is a village in Roxas that is known for its banana trees and the products derived out of them, she said.
Roxas tourism officer Melissa Grace Cabiguen said the search gives way for the invitation of foreign and domestic tourists to visit the Batak community in Nanabu to get to know their culture and traditions.
“Yon po kasi ang main local produce nila, and so far wala pa siyang impact sa tourism ng munisipyo. Mostly locals ang nanood dyan. Siguro if people find it interesting, they would visit the Batak tribe in Nanabu,” said Cabiguen.