Saging + Niyog? Join the Saginyogan Festival of Alcantara, Romblon

Saginyogan FestivalThe Saginyogan Festival

                Alcantara, a place full of beautiful and wonderful creations of nature  which people should be proud of and thank God for. The plants in the garden, the trees along the roads and the clean surroundings. Everywhere natures invites one’s attention and admiration.                     Giving thanks to the Lord for all these creations comes in different ways. It maybe through songs, dances and festivals during a very important event of the year, the Fiesta.                 The Fiesta Executive Committee of 2010 thought of having a festival to praise and thank the Lord for some of the agricultural  sources of livelihood of the people in the municipality. The Banana and Coconut plants which are considered versatile in most Barangays were chosen to be the focus of  the festival for these plants have many uses. The organizers also took into account some of the positive factors that could help people give importance to these plants. The people must be motivated towards an awareness that saging and niyog could be a big contribution to enhance their living conditions especially, the farmers. Through a festival we could also awaken the people to use their skills in making use of the different parts of these plants.                     The Coco-Banana Festival was initially organized and presented in 2010 town fiesta. The presentation was participated in by the pupils from the different schools in the district of Alcantara. The presentation was in a form of a contest. However, the 2011 Fiesta Management thought of changing its title to Saginyogan Festival to make it common and striking to the community people; making the title different from other municipalities in the province having the same festival.                     Saginyogan Festival is an appropriate Festival for Alcantara because the classification made by the Department of Trade and Industry in OTOP (One Town One Product), the town is classified as one of the municipalities in the province of Romblon with coconut as its major farm product. It covers about 29% or 2069 hectares of the total land area and according to the DTI the production is estimated at 5 million nuts each year.                     Banana is another common farm product of the people which could easily grown in the type of soil the place has and it could be seen in the backyards in most of the residential lots of the people in the 12 barangayss.                     Making Saginyogan Festival as one of the important events or highlights during the fiesta and if promoted properly could bolster tourism in Alcantara in the days to come because of its significance and artistic attraction.
(Writen by: Ms. Nancy C. Lota)

Romblon: The Marble Country of Southeast Asia

Map of Romblon

Map of Romblon

“Marble Country” – Romblon is called as such because of its immense deposits of marble all through out Southeast Asia. It is part of the MIMAROPA region located south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Mindoro, north of Aklan Capiz, and west of Masbate.

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

Romblon is the capital city of Romblon province. It is one of the three largest islands located in the province along with Tablas, the largest, and Sibuyan, the easternmost island.

There are different mountains and volcanoes located in Romblon which makes it a mountainous region. Mount Guiting-Guiting is the highest elevation which is in Sibuyan island.

September to January is not the season of vacation in Romblon for the heaviest rainfall occurs in these months. So if you want to explore the province, tourists should be there by March or April.

DEMOGRAPHY

Visayans, Negritos, and May-as are some of the inhabitants in the Romblon province. Though it is part of the Southern Tagalog, majority of the residents are Visayans which make it Visayan as their language. But Tagalog is widely known, too, same as English which is used as a medium for business transactions.

Three native languages that the people use in Romblon include Romblomanon or Ini, Bantoanon or Asi, and Inunhan or Onhan.

ECONOMY

Because of its bountiful lands, Romblon is basically an agricultural site for planting copras and rice. Also, there are several crops that are being grown in this island. Some of them are coconut, corn, banana, some root crops, and even fruit trees.

Fishing is also one of the means of living of the residents in Romblon. The fishes acquired in its vast bodies of water are being distributed into near provinces like Batangas and Quezon.

Another thing that makes the people of Romblon busy is mining. Being the Marble Country in Asia, marbles are basically one product obtained in the mining grounds of Romblon. Aside from marble, the islands are rich in granite, nickel, silica, mercury, zinc, copper, silver, limestone, sulfide, ores, kaolin, clay, magnesium, and quartz. Some of the miners also got a hold of gold in some gold panning sites.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romblon