MisOr town holds Karomata Festival

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

DAYS before the most anticipated “52nd Araw ng Villanueva” activities have been held simultaneously in the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.

The 2nd Karomata (cart) Festival is only one of the activities organized by the municipal government for the upcoming celebration.

Municipal barangays Imelda, Balacanas, Dayawan, Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, San Martin, Looc, Katipunan and Tambobong designed each of their karomatas into carts that represent their barangays. The criteria of judging require 30% originality, 35% physical arrangement, and 35% for being indigenous and for design.


The carabao – drawn cart contest started in 2012, during the 50th Araw ng Villanueva, however, it was not pushed through last year due to the elections.

“This is to recall our older ways of transportation. Way before when we only had cows and horses, when those animals are our only aid to agriculture. This is for us to not forget our old ways,” said Lucilia T. Sabio, municipal agriculturist and project-in-charge.

The activity is also a good way for the Villanueva communities to uphold the town’s theme: Panaghiusa. The contest will encourage cooperation and unity among neighbors and farmers since the products they will showcase will be collected from their fellow farmers.

They aim at uniting to win, according to Sabio.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Villanueva Mayor Julio T. Uy spelled out the importance of farmers even in industrialized towns and cities. “We want our farmers to succeed. They thrive so our workers have something to eat. They make food for us. Let us help and support in developing our agricultural sectors.”

At Agro Fair 2014, the product booths contest requires coherence of product grouping, arrangement, coordination, labeling and design. Kind, volume and quality of products are going to be scored as well. Each barangay shall display and sell crops, livestock or fruits that are produced or raised from the participants’ own areas.

Proper waste disposal is also a big plus to win in the contest. Dayawan roasted corn coffee is sold at P10.00 per set at the agro fair. Each set contains 12 pieces of packed coffee. “It can prevent cancer, ulcer and other diseases,” said Allen Verano, fruit and vegetables vendor.

Dayawan roasted corn coffee is a product from her barangay and they have been selling it for four years now which can be bought at 140.00 per kilo.

Winners for the Karomata Festival and Agro, Industrial and Livelihood contest will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 15, 2014.


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