THOSE who want to spend their weekend outdoors may want to consider Barangay Malubog, Cebu City this Saturday for a festival featuring tourist attractions and products from the city’s mountain barangays.

Fresh produce, street dancing and a tour of caves and waterfalls await guests during this year’s Pahugyaw sa Kabukiran, which was organized by officials of mountain villages to attract tourists and residents from the urban barangays.

The event will start with a motorcade from City Hall to Malubog on Saturday and will end with a barrio fiesta and a street party on June 14, Sunday.

“It’s an important event because it will give other residents of Cebu City a chance to see the way of life in the upland areas. We organized this so residents in the lowland barangays can come and enjoy what the mountain barangays have to offer,” City Councilor Philip Zafra, who is also the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), said in a press conference yesterday.

The ABC requested P2 million from the City Government for the event but Zafra said they hope to spend less than P2 million.

Standby

This Saturday, buses and vans will be on standby at the JY Square mall in Barangay Lahug to transport those who want to join the festivities to Malubog. They will also get a free ride going back to the city.

Organizers also invited tour operators to bring their foreign guests to Malubog to watch festival dances, like the Siomai Festival of Barangay Tisa, Puso Festival of Inayawan, Mangga Festival of Kalunasan and Guadalupe and a performance of the Lumad Basakanon dancers.

Flowers from Barangays Malubog and Babag will be on display and will be sold throughout the event, as well as sweet corn from Barangays Adlaon, Sirao and Taptap and vegetables from Barangays Sudlon 1 and Sudlon 2.

Guests can also sign up for an eco tour to see the waterfalls and caves in Barangays Tagbao, Tabunan and Sudlon.