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The result is the softest, creamiest, melt-n-the-mouth candy. This is then wrapped in rice paper, whether it be fancy or plain. Nagbalayong, Morong was organized to intensify the information campaign and generate public awareness on the importance of endangered baby Olive Ridley turtles Lepidochelys Olivacea are the smallest in the world in our eco-system.

The weeklong celebration is highlighted by a ceremonial releasing of Pawikan hatchlings in the blue waters off South China Seastreet dancing competition where participants are dressed gaudily in turtle-like clothing, walk for a cause, trade fair, beach volleyball, graffiti painting contest, sand castling contest, coastal clean-up project, seminars and other activities. The event is a joint project of the provincial tourism office, Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. The participation of international hot-air balloons from all over the world draws thousands of people to the site to witness the early morning balloon fly-out and late afternoon fly-in.

The festival was initiated by the Department of Tourism in by then Secretary Mina Gabor to rescucitate the fledgling spirit of the Kapampangans - only three years following the eruption of Mt. The tourism regional office led by Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico handled the initial stages of the project in cooperation with Clark Development Corp.

Joy Roa of Air Ads, Inc. For information on the current festival, visit www. The popular beasts of burden are cleaned and waxed to an ebony shine, their horns festooned with garlands of flowers, and and made to take a bow before the town church by performing the traditional genuflection - an incredible feat that never fails to mesmerize local and foreign visitors.

One week before the the feast day, a number of agri-related events are held in the town to primarily focus on and promote the economic development programs of the local government.

Farmers hold contest such as carabao races, best crops competition and other folk children's games. Prizes are at stake for the best-looking carabao, the most skillful and the cleanest, the best themed-cart float, among other events.

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The citizens of San Fernando have reserved a special day every year to honor this amphibian because of its important contributions to the environment, the economy and culture. It also resembles the Fernandino in many ways, including its resiliency. The frog is part of Kapampangan tradition and culinary culture. It is said that in the early days when the farmers were totally dependent on rainwater to irrigate their farms, the children would gamely catch the frogs while their elders were busy cultivating the land or planting rice.

This game eventually became an opportunity for families to establish strong bond as the technique used in catching frogs evolved to the point of being ritualistic. It was not unusual to see families lined up on top of pilapil in many rice fields with their paduas on one hand and panyapu on the other. They would patiently wait for the frogs to bite the bulating tudtud as they move the paduas in slow horizontal direction.

They do this very quietly so that the frogs would not be agitated. This practice was handed down to the succeeding generations. Up to this time, though their number has decreased, many families still carry this tradition as they catch frogs for their own consumption or for selling purposes. Known for their virtuosity in their cuisine, the Kapampangan ultimately discovered the gastronomic attributes of the frog.

Thus, recipes were formulated using indigenous ingredients. These include the betute which is a pun for butete. The latter is a Kapampangan word for tadpole. Betute, on the other hand, is dressed frog stuffed with minced frog meat or pork and some finely chopped ingredients.

Program of activities in included the ff: Paduasan Frog Catching Date and time: Open to all student and professional frog catchers. Papyalung Tugak Frog Games Date and time: To be participated by students from different elementary schools in exciting games for the frogs and for the students. To be participated by different secondary schools in the City. Each participating school will do one frog costume and a frog head dress to be presented in a parade.

City Hall Atrium Description: Open to all secondary students and professionals. The composition must be original and in Kapampangan. Open to all Fernandinos who have the most unique and exotic frog recipe may it be soup, appetizer, beverage or dessert but not main dish.

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Open to professional and non-professional Fernandinos who have the unique frog dish. The festival is now on its 12th year The Holy Week tourist trail in Pampanga has always invariably ended at the crucifixion rites of flagellants in Barangay Cutud in the City of San Fernando. In once somnolent Sto. Tomas town, just seven kilometers south of the capital city, Easter Sunday has always been the centerpoint of the observance of the Holy Week.

As a matter of course, Easter Sunday is celebrated as the fiesta in Poblacion, taking precedence over the official July 3 feast day of the patron St.

Or yet again, the resurrection an occasion of celebration for the apostle too with his affirmation of the divinity of the Risen Christ thus: Over the years, Thomasians have gladly acknowledged and observed Easter Sunday as the feast of all feasts.

Those who already reside abroad or other nearby provinces always find time to go home and be with their cabalens townmates in commemorating the Maleldo Holy Days. At this point, the curtain that separates the Mother and her Risen Son is opened for their joyful salubong. The procession ends in church with a High Mass. By noontime, the faithful congregate anew at the churchyard for the burning of the effigy of Judas Iscariot. That used to cap the annual Holy Week celebrations in Sto.

From the old rites will be aborning the Sabuaga Festival. Hence, petals and confetti will literally rain on the processional route around Poblacion, starting 2 p.

At the town plaza where the revelry culminates, the groups in their most exotic costumes will each do its own interpretative dance presentation, on the theme sabuag sampaga, naturally. Judges coming from the arts, culture and tourism sector will proclaim the winners.

Tomas is known as the casket capital of Central Luzon, if not of the whole country, having at one time supplied funeral parlors throughout the whole archipelago and even nearby Asian countries. Drawing full support from the local government unit led by Mayor Lito Naguit, nothing is left to chance in the debut of the Sabuaga Festival. Sabuaga at this early already promises to be a fitting climax to the Holy Week celebration in the province.

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The raw material which grows on mountain terrain and forest land is used to weave a variety of useful products and ornamentals like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress - all made of Sabutan. The exclusive art of weaving Sabutan is handed down from one generation to the other. The festival features native dance presentation among school children, trade fair, cultural shows and exhibits.

Sabutan belongs to the family of Pandan, its scientific name is Pandanus sabotan. It is a screwpine plant 2 to 4 meters high. Its full-grown leaves are fine in texture, 2 meters long and 6 centimeters wide. At present, sabutan is found growing in abundance in a semi-wild condition in Aurora. It can be propagated by suckers, and its cultivation can be extended advantageously to any part of the Philippines having moist but well-drained soil.

Sabutan weaving is one of the traditional crafts of Aurora. The tedious process involved in the preparation of raw material rendered the product truly special to the weavers. In the preparation of the fiber, the spiny margins and midribs of the leaves are removed.

The leaves are partly dried in the sun, and divided into strips of the desired width by splitting with a comb-like instrument. The fibers are boiled for about 15 minutes either in fresh water or in water mixed with a little vinegar, lemon, or tamarind fruit.

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Excess water in the fiber is squeezed out by drawing the strips tightly around a piece of wood. The prepared fibers are then coiled in bundles and for a period of 24 hours are placed preferably in running water; if in stagnant water, the liquid must be changed frequently. The fibers processed are washed several times in fresh water and spread out in the sun to dry. The primary use of sabutan is in the production of fiber for manufacturing hats.

Such headwear made of sabutan are strong and durable and its texture resembles that of the Panama hat. The unbleached hats are light green-gray.

The chief objection to the craft is that they do not bleach readily. Good sabutan hats command a high price in the Philippines. In the early 90s, sabutan fiber bleaching, dyeing and color matching was introduced. This spawned the development of new and trendy hat designs, and new products like bags, placemats and novelty items. The inherent craftsmanship of the weavers transformed the hats from being a functional product into a high fashion accessory that immediately became a hit in the export market.

Over the years, through various skills training, technology transfers, and product development programs, new product lines and designs are developed. These included colorful hats in various styles for ladies, men, and children; mats in round, oval, and rectangular shapes and weave patterns, bags in various styles.

Also produced in less quantity were boxes, decors, and trims. Recent additions to the sabutan product line are the upholstery and throw pillow as component and accessories, respectively, in the wood-based home furniture products. Admiral Hermogino emphasized in his speech that he is grateful that they chose to serve our country through the Coast Guard. The tug boat, which has 12 crew onboard together with its Captain, Mr. Initial investigation revealed that the captain tried to extricate using his power but yielded with negative result.

While conducting routine inspection, the master of the craft failed to present pertinent documents to the PCG. The crew was identified as Eric Aguasito, 35 years old, male, married and a resident of Brgy. According to the report, the victim hit a pipe valve due to the strong wave while the tanker was underway along Zamboanguita Point.

Joint elements from Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police and Task Force Zamboanga successfully apprehended two closed wing van trucks loaded with more or less 1, sacks of smuggled rice from Sabah with the estimated market value of Php 3.

An information was received by the Coast Guard from the 11th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Zamboanga that there was loading of smuggled rice to unknown van truck. The team immediately conducted a maritime patrol at Taha Wharf, Baliwasan Seaside in Zamboanga but yielded negative result.

The engine of the 25 gross-ton, meter long yacht conked out at around 6: A total of 63 Philippine Coast Guard PCG officers successfully graduated today during their commencement exercise while new officer candidates swore in before the PCG Commandant as aspiring officers of the service yesterday, October 22 at the PCG national headquarters.

A total of passengers were successfully rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard PCG after a passenger-cargo vessel encountered engine trouble at waters off Caticlan Anchorage in Malay, Aklan yesterday, October Joint team of the Philippine Coast Guard and other local authorities retrieved two cadavers drowned after swimming while under the influence of liquor at vicinity of Angalacan River in Pangasinan yesterday, October The rescue team proceeded to the area and conducted inquiry to the cousin of the victims.

Investigation revealed that Mr. Jeffrey Villanueva, 29 years old and Mr. Larry Villanueva, 36 years old, both residents of Barangay Navaluan, Mangaldan, Pangasinan were under the influence of liquor when they went swimming with two other companions at the said river. Their companions warned them not to swim at farther distance due to whirling and strong current.

But the victims insistently swam and subsequently swept by strong current which caused them to drown.