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Nabunturan’s grandiose Simballay Festival

Monday, 13 December 2010 08:00
Considering tourism as a potential revenue earner, the municipality of Nabunturan, the capital of Compostela Valley province, is strongly promoting its tourism attractions and destinations.
Speaking during the Club 888 Forum at The Marco Polo Davao on Wednesday, Nabunturan municipal administrator, Karen Santiago-Malaki, said that from a present annual income of P36 million, the municipality is aiming to hit P100 million annual income in five years time.
She said this is the required income for a capital town to become a city in the city-less province, as per a House bill filed during the 14th Congress.
It is the 16th year of the Simballay Festival, but it’s the first time to be as grandiose as this, said Mario Angelo Sotto, Sangguniang Bayan chairperson on Tourism.
With the theme, Ako, Ikaw, Kitang Tanan, Duyog sa Hiniusang Pagpasalamat sa Naangkong Kauswagan ug Kalambuan, Simballay Festival, an annual observance by Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, will be a week-long event on December 12-18.
On the first day, there will be a community parade to be participated in by various  sectors of Nabunturan, including local government units, the business sector, schools, non-government organizations, political organizations and indigenous people. A trade fair will be launched right after the parade which will have booths managed by the 28 barangays promoting and selling their respective products, and showcasing their tourist attractions.
In the afternoon of the same day, the Gays and Lesbian Society (GAYLES) of Nabunturan will sponsor a medical and optical outreach program, and in the evening, there will be a talent show and presentation of the candidates for “Bea ng Simballay.”
This is a talent and beauty search for a woman leader who can set a good example in the community. “Bea” is a Mansaka word, meaning a princess, a beautiful woman leader of the Mansaka tribe. There are 20 candidates representing barangays and schools in Nabunturan. The search culminates on December 15 with the judging and announcement of the winner and runners-up.
Sotto said special guests have been invited to be on hand for the pageant and coronation of “Bea ng Simballay”. The guests will be headed by Gov. Arturo T. Uy who will serenade the candidates. He is also sponsoring the Governor’s Night on December 13 featuring “Garbo sa Nabunturan,” a singing competition showcasing 10 young singers.
On the following day, the Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority will open a jobs fair for job seekers from Nabunturan and other neighboring municipalities providing opportunities for local and overseas employment.
In the afternoon, some 300 teachers from private and public schools will attend the Teachers’ Day celebration presented by the local government.
Nabunturan will manifest its green and clean environment advocacy through “Alay sa Tanim” at barangay Sasa, Nabunturan on December 15.
The first Simballay Fun Climb, dubbed “Duaw sa Busay” and sponsored by the Nabunturan Mountaineering and Ecology Club (NAMEC) will be on December 17, highlighting the waterfalls located in barangays San Isidro and Magsaysay. [Lorie Ann A. Cascaro]