Now on its second year of staging, the Abaca Festival in Catanduanes continues to help promote the abaca industry for which it has been known for while showcasing the province as a prime tourist destination with a new tagline as a "Happy Island".
Carmel Bonifacio Garcia, Catanduanes tourism officer, said the new branding as a "Happy Island" for the tourism promotion activities of the province was officially launched during the festival opening ceremonies Monday and that it would last until Friday.
Matet G. Reyes, a Catandunganon, had posted in her Facebook page that Catanduanes not only ...
Tampok ang engrandeng parada at pageant ng kalalakihan sa idinaos na 2017 Abaca Festival sa Catanduanes.
Ito ang opisyal na pista ng probinsiya na layong isulong ang industriya ng abaca ng Catanduanes para mas makilala sa ibang lugar.
Ayon kay Catanduanes Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Bonifacio Garcia, ito pa lang ang ikalawang taon ng Abaca Festival pero patok na agad ito sa mga turista.
"We can claim na kami ang abaca capital of the world," ani Garcia. "Pilipinas ang nagsu-supply ng 86% (abaca products) sa world market and almost half of that, dito galing sa Catanduanes."
This year's staging of the Abaca Festival kicked off the other day, Monday, with the theme: "Tibay Nin Abaca, Maogma Na Isla."
The activity started with a mass at Virac Cathedral attended by provincial and local officials and employees of national government and private companies in the province.
In his message during the opening rites, Governor Joseph C. Cua stressed that "Catanduanes maybe a small and humble island but it has great things to offer to the country and to the world."
Cua, also chairman of the executive committee of the festival, said that the festivity aims to promote ...