Libon Albay: A Budding Municipality
By: Paul Fabienne S. Sevilla
“Paroy is the symbol of every Libongueño. Today marks the start of another milestone of our rich history and tradition. Let us all help together to achieve our purpose.”
-Mayor Wilfredo Maronilla
With the abundant production of paroy or palay, the Municipality of Libon is best known as the “Rice Granary of Albay. Hence, every 25th of July the town celebrates its Paroy Festival to honor their patron saint, St. James the Greater for having a bountiful and beautiful harvest.
A New Beginning
Last Wednesday, July 20 marked the opening of the 2016 Libon Paroy Festival. This year the Libon Paroy Festival revolves around the theme “Masaganang Ani nin Paroy adi sa Libon dahil sa mga Libogueñong Mahigos asin Nahuhulaw sa Pangangataram nin Kaguranganan”
The six days celebration started off with a mass that was held at the Libon Macapagal Gymanasium led by the main celebrant Reverent Father Migs Aresnio together with other priests, Father Antonio Sial, Father Mariano Sayson, Father Ever Segui and Father Juan Rodriguez.
“Why do we have this kind of celebration? We do we have this kind of festival? Because of our honor to our Patron Saint”, said Fr. Sial.
He added, “People come to different festivals like the Peñafrancia Festival and Sinulog Festival not because of the celebration but because of their devotion and faith. The Teachers, LGU’s and the Parish Pastoral Council and other sectors of the society should cooperate and work hand in hand to let the real meaning of festival is all about”.
Afterwards, Mayor Wilfredo Maronilla officially declared the opening of the Libon Paroy Festival.
“This is the time of the year again, the celebration of our agricultural endeavour. This is the time to reimagine our goals and contributions to the development of our society and may this celebration remind us of our rich culture and tradition.”
He continued “Libongueños relieve the spirit of our festival, the real essence of our celebration. This is our celebration. This is ours! Without further ado, I now formally open and welcome you to the 2016 Libon Paroy Festival”.
Spotlight: List of Activities
Different Activities were made and done for the people of Libon to showcase the rich culture and tradition of the town.
It’s Our Own
If the Camalig Albay is known for its Piñangat and the City of Tabaco is popular for its Tabak (Bolo), a Livelihood and Agri-Fair Exhibit was held at the Libon Rizal Park last July 21 with the theme,"Bilhin at Tangkilikin ang Produktong Libongueño" as an avenue to promote and endorse the different products of the town.
The Master and his Buddy
As one of the major producers of rice in Albay and 35% of its land for rice production, the farmers together with their partners in crime (Carabao) were given credits for their hard work during the Parada ni Malakas and Maganda, a Carabao Parade for a tribute to all the farmers and farmer’s best friend in the field last July 21.
Libongueños are never left behind when it comes to the twirling and spinning of Baton during the Civic Parade, a Drum and Baton Competition at the Libon Rizal Park last July 22-23. The competition was participated by Elementary and High School Level from different schools in Libon.
Out of the 10 contingents in Elementary Level, a back to back win for Bonbon Elementary School as they are hailed again as the Champion of the 2016 Drum and Baton competition, the Pantao Elementary School as 1st runner up, Libon East Central School named as the 2nd runner, and 3rd runner up was from San Agustin Elementary School.
In the High School Level, 13 contingents from different schools competed. The Libon Private High School was declared as the Champion for the Drum and Baton Competition high school level, San Agustin Integrated School was the 1st runner up, followed by Bonbon National High School and San Vicente National High School as 2nd and 3rd runners up respectively.
BEAUTY AT ITS PEAK
A SPLASH OF TRUE COLORS
13 members of the LGBT community across the different barangays who are equally beautiful competed to be the 1st ever Ms. LibonGayño 2016 at the Macapagal Gymnasium Libon Albay last July 22, 2016 and Reymark Bilamil, a Bachelor of Secondary Education at Polangui Community College from Sagrada Familia is hailed as the 1st ever Ms. LibonGayño 2016.
UNLEASH THE BEAUTY
Last Night, July 24, fourteen stunning ladies from different barangays competed for the most sought-after crown in Miss Libon 2016. But in the end only one among them was chosen, and it was Felixian Jane Portugal from Barangay Bulusan who is crowned as the Miss Libon 2016.