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Budbod Kabog Festival draws visitors, boosts residents’ earnings

| by: Stanley Cin
Simplicio Bontia Matugas Sr., who sells roasted and fried chicken, spring rolls and salad, says his sales experienced a 60% rise. Jodylyn Branzuela who sells siomai, ngohiong, kikiam, squid rolls, longanisa and tempura also experienced brisk sales as compared to ordinary days.
Simplicio Bontia Matugas Sr., who sells roasted and fried chicken, spring rolls and salad, says his sales experienced a 60% rise.

The municipality of Catmon’s Budbod Kabog Festivalis credited by Mayor Dan Jusay for making its annual fiesta livelier and well-attended.

Catmon celebrates its fiesta every February 10 in honor of patron saint, San Guillermo de Aquitania. The festival is inspired by the delicacy that is taken from a fine cereal that is almost similar to millet that grows in the mountain barangay of Agsuwaw and nearby areas.

The cereal is believed to have been spread by the bats, locally known as kabog, in ancient times, thus the name. Aside from the people attending the festival, Mayor Jusayalso credits the cultural activity for giving its economy a little boost.

Simplicio Bontia Matugas Sr., who sells roasted and fried chicken, spring rolls and salad, says his sales experienced a 60% rise. Jodylyn Branzuela who sells siomai, ngohiong, kikiam, squid rolls, longanisa and tempura also experienced brisk sales as compared to ordinary days.

Candle vendors Rowen Burios, Dorothy Mahusay and Rosa Perez, however, say they cannot make a comparison as they sell their wares only during such occasions. The fact that there are many of them selling the same item also makes it even harder for them to earn more.

They are, however, proud in saying that they get their daily subsistence and have even sent their children to school from the livelihood which they describe as decent and honorable. Roger Serna