MisOr boosts prov’l tourism, launches 1st Kuyamis Festival

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the success of the 1st Kuyamis Festival, January 8-10, 2014, at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, Cagayan de Oro City.

Governor Bambi Emano thanks all participating municipalities and those showed support for the festivities. The governor also enthused that this is not his success but the success of the people of Misamis Oriental in the hopes of boosting the province’s tourism industry.

Equipped with a firm resolve to repackage its agriculture and tourism industries, the Province of Misamis Oriental launched Wednesday, January 8, the 1st Kuyamis Festival, highlighting the start of the year with a three-day festivity.

The event coincides with the province’s 84th MisOr Week celebrated every first week of the year.

With the theme, “Agro-Turismo sa MisOr Ipalambo,”the provincial government is expected to celebrate the Kuyamis Festival annually with the aid of a legislation the provincial board supposedly enacted through a special session.

Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano said the primary purpose of the festival is to promote the coconut industry of the province, thereby strengthening its product development in support of the agri-tourism thrust geared towards making Misamis Oriental the coconut capital of the Philippines.

Senator Cynthia Villar graced the occasion yesterday, along with heads of different line agencies supporting the festival.

The 1st Kuyamis Festival participants include the Municipalities of Manticao, Jasaan, Lugait, Balingoan, Kinoguitan, Medina, Sugbongcogon, Talisayan, Alubijid, Gitagum, Initao, Libertad, Naawan, Opol, Tagoloan, Villanueva, and El Salvador City.

The Municipality of Manticao eventually took home the award for Best Festival Booth or Coconut Display, along with the award is a cash prize of PHP 200,000. Jasaan and Lugait came in second and third respectively.

The Best Photo Exhibit award went to Initao with Naawan and Kinoguitan as second and third place respectively. Best Photo (Tourism Activity) is also won by Initao, while Best Photo (Tourism Site) went to Naawan. The Governor’s Choice is the photo of Lubilan Falls, Naawan.

Historical jottings and resources reveal that Kuyamis was the original name of Misamis. It refers to a variety of sweet coconut found in the province and described as a Golden Malayan Dwarf Coconut Tree, which was the staple food of the earliest known Negrito settlers of Misamis Oriental. The word “kuyamis” was later corrupted to Misamis when the Spanish colonizers settled in the province.

Aside from branding the activity Kuyamis, the provincial government intends to develop the coconut industry since statistics from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) of Misamis Oriental shows the province to be among the country’s top 10 major coconut producers.

The province came into existence on January 1, 1930, as a separate and independent local government unit through Republic Act 3537 enacted by the Philippine Legislature on November 2, 1929.

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