SAN VICENTE, Palawan — Barangay San Isidro residents in this town are commemorating their 10th founding anniversary through the “1st Kanioyan Festival”, a three-day celebration of bountiful coconut harvest that supports the livelihood of their families.
Formerly called “Emeg”, which was derived from the word “Ameg” which means “a bit wet or moist”, San Isidro is a former sitio of Brgy. New Agutaya founded by Bartolome Adion. Most of its residents came from the island municipality of Agutaya to transfer to San Isidro for better living.
It also became another barangay with the infusion of Sitio Bokbok, a part of Brgy. Alimanguan.
In 1985, village captain Ponciano Evio and its council passed a resolution requesting for the two territorial enclaves to be joined as a separate barangay. The move was favorably supported by the Sangguniang Bayan of San Vicente through Resolution No. 66 on March 2, 1987.
“Kanioyan” in Agutaynen means “coconut farm”, hence the name of the barangays annually celebrated festival.
San Isidro barangay captain Remedios Pablico said the March 9-11’s celebration theme is “Tangkilikin ang produktong mula sa puno ng buhay na sa bawat mamamayan ay nagbibigay buhay”.
“Ito ay pag-alala natin sa ating mga ninuno na nagpundar ng lugar na ito. Pagtatanim ng niyog ang ikinabubuhay namin — kopra, tuba, paggawa ng walis tingting — ito ang aming pinagkukunan ng pang-araw-araw na ikinabubuhay kaya marapat lamang na i-celebrate namin ang biyayang bigay nito,” Pablico said.
Pablico said they have lined up activities during the Kanioyan Festival, such as community parade and opening program, Palarong Lahi, agro-trade booth, float parade for each Bb. San Isidro candidate, cooking contest with coconut as main ingredient, basketball game, and the search for Bb. San Isidro.
All these can be enjoyed by visitors who will visit their place, she said.
“May mga nakalinya kaming mga activities at games pagkatapos ng parada at opening program susundan agad ng Palarong Lahi, meron din contest ng agro-trade booth kada purok, float sa mga kandidata ng Binibining San Isidro, cooking contest na ang sangkap at meron kinalaman sa niyog, Basketball, at ang kauna unahang Binibining San Isidro,” Pablico added.
Municipal tourism officer Lucy Panagsagan said San Isidro’s Kanioyan Festival has the support of the San Vicente local government unit (LGU).
“Suportado natin ang mga ganitong events at may galak nating ipinaabot ang ating pagbati sa lahat ng mga taga-San Isidro ng congratulations and happy festival at dahil una pa lamang ito, hindi maiwasan minsan may mga kakulangan pa din tayo pero sa nakikita ko ngayon pinaghandaan talaga nila ang festival at maayos,” Panagsagan said.
The event formally opened Monday with the parade and an opening program opened by councilor Leopoldo Oab.