ENGR. JOSEPH Freder
ick Pepito, president of the Ormoc Builders Association and proprietor of JFAP Con- struction, has announced that it’s definitely a go for the 1st Tugob Festival of Ormoc City, despite one contingent backing out early on.
Engr. Pepito made this announcement recently during the weekly press conference at the City Hall held every Friday.
The Tugob Festival will be held on October 20, on Or- moc’s 63rd Charter Day, in the tradition of streetdancing and a showdown similar to other well-known festivals.
Another highlight of the event is the Search for Ms Tugob, reportedly sponsored by Smart Communications.
The festival, it was learned, was backed by fund- ing not only from the city but by the ORBA and other spon- sors. Mayor Eric Codilla, in a recent speech, said that the city would only provide the “seed” for the festival to flourish on its first year, but hoped to in- stitutionalize it in the years to come if it would be successful.
The ORBA is an elite group of contractors involved in city projects and is said to be the most moneyed and influen- tial business group in the city. Five members were awarded as the top five taxpayers in Ormoc City by the Bureau of Internal Revenue just a few months ago.
Pepito explained that Tu- gob means “abundant” in the local dialect. The festival aims to showcase the 11 products identified to be abundant in the city namely: steam, water, pineapple, sugarcane, cas- sava, fish, livestock, coconut, vegetables, rice, and even sand and gravel.
To translate these prod- ucts, said to in abundance in the city, into a festival, 11 schools were tapped to depict it. These are the Ipil National High School, Dolores National High School, Ormoc Sesan School, EVSU, AMA Com- puter College, Ormoc City Na- tional, High School, Margen
National High School, Liloan National High School, Valen- cia National High School, STI- Ormoc, and the Linao National High School.
They hope that Tugob Festival, if held annually, will eventually become a tourist attraction for the city in the likes of Sinulog in Cebu and the Masskara Fest in Bacolod.
Each contingent was giv- en P20,000 by the ORBA as seed money, and additional from donations of stakeholders of the certain product.
The Western Leyte Col- lege, however, which was among the first to be invited to join had backed out after esti- mating they would be spending more than the seed money and another P20,000 from SAL’S Queen Pineapple to come up with a festival contingent. The AMA Computer College has stepped in the gap.
It was not also learned why St. Peter’s College, Sto. Niño College, Sts. Paul School are not among the contingents.
The prizes at stake are P50,000 for the 1st prize, P40,000 for the second prize and P30,000 for the third prize. By Paul Libres