Camiguin opens “San Juan sa Hibok-Hibok Festival 2011”

By Jorie C. Valcorza

CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, June 24, (PIA) – The feast of “Saint John the Baptist” is a big celebrated event in the island, where locals dotingly look forward to, year after year.

“San Juan” as it’s commonly called, is celebrated grandiosely like Christmas for many of the Camiguingnons, only that, on this occasion everybody rush off to the shore, bringing along packed lunch to share with friends and relatives at the beach.

It’s the only time of the year, where you find the streets empty but the surrounding shores jam-packed with people, pump boats, and all kinds of fun.

With such enthusiasm from the locals, the yearly observance has then become a festivity. It’s a never missed tradition, especially for the children.

Each year, a new beauty gets to be crowned as Ms. Hibok-Hibokan – named after its lone active volcano.

For this year, the search is also on for Mr. Hibok-Hibokan 2011, a high spot event of the festival along with other fun-filled activities like sports tournament, fluvial parade, water sports, extreme challenge and body-building competition.

Lagundi shoreline, here, has always been a preferred area to play host for the yearly event.

Provincial Tourism Officer, Candice Naomi Borromeo said the festival will open tonight with a live band and will be capped on June 25, Saturday evening, with a dance showdown.

(PIA 10)

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