STO. TOMAS - After days of meditation and mourning on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, residents of this fourth district town jointly celebrated His resurrection through the annual Sabuaga Festival held on Easter Sunday.
Themed “Parokya Ning Kasalpantayanan, Mesese Balayan king Malugud a Bie,” the Sabuaga or Salbag Sampaga (scattering of flowers) Festival once again united the Catholic Church, local government and residents here in showcasing their faith to Jesus, and give praise to Mary who never left her son’s side.
Each of the seven barangays sent representatives, mostly youth, in the street dance competition which demonstrated the unique steps that included scattering of Sampaguita flowers.
Donning the colorful and creative costumes, participants danced around the Poblacion area to the delight of thousands of residents and tourists who gathered on the streets during the activity.
Sabuaga Festival Executive Committee Honorary Chairman Mayor Johnny Sambo said the Sabuaga Festival is a perfect platform in showcasing the faith and unity, as the well as the colorful tradition, talents and homegrown products of Tomasians.
“Sabuaga Festival not only mirrors the unity and bond of all Tomasians, but also becomes a podium where we can showcase and promote the talents of our Tomasian youth and of course, our One Barangay, One Product,” he said.
Sambo also took pride in the active participation of Tomasian youth in the religious fest which, according to him, showed their awareness on the culture and tradition of their hometown, as well as the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Meanwhile, Fourth District Representative Rimpy Bondoc lauded the unity of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Pastoral Council, the local and barangay officials and participants in sustaining the annual festival which has given identity to Sto. Tomas.
“We always support such activities that are faith-centered and give awareness to youth of what the bible says ‘their genesis’,” he said.