Showcasing the different varieties of ubi especially the “ubi kinampay” and several contests with big prizes at stake would highlight the three-day celebration of the Ubi Festival 2019 on January 29-31, at the Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center (B-APC) Grounds, Dao, Tagbilaran City.
Some contests will be conducted at the opening day to start at 1 p.m. Slated activities include motorcade, ubi eating, highest volume of ubi display and booth contests; while the pinaka (the best ubi harvest) and the literary and musical contests: bugno sa rondalya (farmers only), ubi balak ( farmer and youth), ubi kuradang (farmer and youth), ubi jingle (youth) and Eddie Peregrina voice alike (farmer/youth male only) will be conducted on January 30 to start at 8 a.m. still at the B-APC Grounds.
The Ubi Festival 2019 will kick off with a colorful motorcade at 1 pm (Jan. 19) from Camp Bernido, Purok 4, Tagbilaran City to ICM-Dao Market-J.A. Carin St.- CPG Ave.- Bohol Cultural Center – Tamblot St. – Rizal St. – City Hall to B-APC to be participated by the Local Government Units (LGUs) from the Ubi growing municipalities, Ubi growers, Non-Government Associations (NGAs), People’s Organizations (POs), Academe and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA).
In the opening program, Governor Edgar M. Chatto would deliver his message while Representative Rene L. Relampagos (1st district), Rep. Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado (2nd dist.), Rep. Arthur C. Yap (3rd district), and Dr. Woongo Ha (Country Director, KOPIA Philippines) would give their message of support.
City Mayor John Geesnell L. Yap will deliver his welcome address after assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas acknowledges the participants as the awarding of Outstanding Ubi Farmer/Grower will be followed after the acceptance speech of Floriano Gamay – the Bohol Ubi Growers Association (BUGA) president.
Gov. Chatto and Dr. Ha will lead the ribbon cutting and opening of exhibits to be assisted by Balilihan Mayor Maria Puresa V. Chatto, Vice Gov. Dionisio D. Balite, Board Member Abeleon R. Damalerio and all Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members and City Mayor Yap.
The closing and awarding program will be held on the 3rd day (Jan. 31, 2019), 1 p.m. at the Island City Mall Activity Center . The governor will lead in giving awards to all the winners of the Ubi Fest 2019 and the winners of the 2018 Suhid sa mga Malampusong Bol-anon, Gulayan sa Paaralan 2018 and the Bahay Kubo FAITH HOPE CHARITY 2018.
Gov. Chatto and BM Damalerio would also deliver their message while the closing remarks will be given by Remedios Regacho, Fisheries Division Head, OPA and the closing prayer will be led by Helen Q. Igot.
This year’s celebration bears the theme “Ubi, Dungog sa Bohol Padayong Amomahon ug Palamboon sa mga Mag-uumang Bol-anon,”
Ubi Festival is the annual activity of the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) through the OPA aimed recognizing the Boholano Ubi growers who have excelled in Ubi farming in Bohol. (Atoy Cosap)
WINNING ENTRY. One of the contests to be conducted during the three-day Ubi Festival 2019 is the highest volume of Ubi display. Photo shows the Ubi tubers of San Pascual, Ubay, winning the said category in the 2016 Ubi Fest.