STO. TOMAS -- Some of the renowned products of this town were highlighted in the annual Easter festival held over the weekend at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish grounds.
The religious fest, dubbed as “Sabuaga” or “sabuag sampaga” (scattering of flowers), was participated in by the seven villages here that performed while wearing colorful costumes.
According to Sabuaga 2017 Executive Committee President Irwin Nucum, the event aims to give praise to Virgin Mary who never left Jesus Christ from his passion and death until his resurrection.
He added that the festival also aims to highlight some of the best features of the town, including its prominent people and products in the street dance and free interpretation competition.
“We cannot really quantify the values that are promoted by this festival, especially the sense of pride that it gives to every barangay and the town itself,” he said.
Nucum said the event also portrayed the unity between the local government and Catholic Church, which both took part in the religious fest.
Now on its eighth year, Nucum said the activity has successfully flourished into one of the most colorful events in the province and the most lively celebration after the solemn Holy Week.
Mayor Johnny Sambo, for his part, said the activity is already a cultural symbol that gave identity to this small town.
“Ito ay kultura na ng aming bayan at ang gampanin namin bilang nanunungkulan ay palaguin, pagandahin at lalo pa itong gawing makulay para makadagdag pa sa aming turismo,” he said.
Sambo said all the hard work and efforts of local officials and volunteers paid off after the success of the activity, which ended at almost midnight Sunday.
Declared as overall champion in the event was Barangay San Matias, which showcased an improvised automotive body.
Barangays San Vicente, which featured casket making, San Matias, and Poblacion, with its fishery products, were pronounced Best in Sabuaga Street Dance, first and second runners-up, respectively.
Also awarded as Best in Sabuaga Free Interpretation was Barangay San Matias, while San Bartolome (poultry) and Moras dela Paz villages (garments) were announced as first and second runners-up.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on April 18, 2017.
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