Despite the odds brought by the calamities in 2013, the northern town of Catmon staged the ninth edition of its Budbod Kabog Festival last Monday, Feb. 10, as part of its annual fiesta celebration in honor of San Guillermo de Aquitania.
Because of financial constraints, only four contingents from the same number of public schools joined the festival this year, from the six or seven participating groups in the previous years.
The participants were the Ceferino Sususco Memorial National High School, Catmon National High School, Catmon Integrated School high school department and the Tinabyonan National High School.
The Catmon municipal government and the barangays in the vicinity of the schools, extended financial backing to the participants.
The festival started with a street dancing that commenced at 1 p.m. and winded up at the Catmon Integrated School grounds where the ritual showdown was slated. Catmon Mayor Dan Jusay said the festival is their way of thanking their patron saint for his intercessions in sparing the town from destruction in the calamities.
The selection of the festival queen further heightened the excitement. The title eventually went to 15 year old to Jeresa May Comaingking, a junior high student of the Catmon Integrated School.
The school also ran away with the best in costume, best in street dancing and ritual showdown special awards and was eventually declared overall champion. The Catmon National High School ranked second with the Tinabyonan National High School and the Ceferino Sususco Memorial National High School coming in third and fourth places, respectively.
The Panagsogod Festival dancers of the nearby town of Sogod did a guest performance in the ritual showdown. Roger Serna