Realizing the essence of Panaghiusa, Pagpasalamat, and Pagsadya, the 24th Simballay Festival was successfully concluded last December 10-14, 2018 at the Events Stage, Arabejo Avenue, Poblacion, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.
The festival, headed by the ever-dynamic Mayor Chelita “Chikay” Amatong, weaved an array of activities that brought excitement and gaiety to an influx of people in all ages and in various walks of life.
From the annual Pamukaw at 4 in the morning, a Thanksgiving mass was held in the afternoon, followed by a motorcade featuring Side Car Float Parade headed by local officials, department heads, employees, barangay dignitaries, and guests.
Prior to the event is the opening of the LGU Cup (Sports competition) and Educators’ Day on December 7, 2018.
Mayor Amatong together with Vice Mayor Rodel G. Balili, SB Members, and employees led the ribbon-cutting for the official opening of the Barangay Booths, in accordance with the theme “Bahay Kubo”, in the main thoroughfare; followed by Sayawitarama competition, a song, dance, and drama performance in one.
On the second day, an Ethnic parade joined by the local officials, department heads, employees, tribal chieftains, and tribes in colorful ethnic attires flaunted the streets of Poblacion.
It was then followed by the Tribal Day Program in the Public Market Gym, Medical and Dental Outreach Program for IPs in the Municipal Covered Court, and the Kasalan ng Tribo.
At night, despite the heavy downpour, Bea ng Simballay 2018 successfully transpired and received positive feedbacks from the people as it showcased the beauty and vivacity of culture and traditions of various tribes (dominantly Mansaka).
On the third day, Hudyaka sa Simballay which started with a colorful ethnic parade was participated by children, youth, persons with disability, and old people alike. Fun-filled activities were also lined up for the participants of the said event.
While in the evening, Barangayanihan: Christmas Carol Competition brought Christmas classics in various renditions to life.
Lanog sa Nabunturan was jubilantly celebrated in the 4th day. Amidst the scorching heat, drum and bugle corps participants in their colorful and vibrant costumes showcased their various talents. And in the afternoon, was the Pista sa Ani featuring Best Tasting Lechon Competition.
The most-awaited Garbo ng Nabunturan thrilled and enthused the viewers during the 3-stage competition that was participated by 10 aspiring talents who enlivened the night.
Sisid Sang Pangindanan, a street dancing competition, was the last but certainly not the least. Overwhelming embellishments, colorful props and costumes, and a whole lot of x factor performance was exhibited during the said event at the last day of Simballay.
The same intensity and vigor was also showcased during the Lights Parade which was participated by 17 barangays.
Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, together with Board Member Arturo Uy and Congressman Ruwel Peter Gonzaga also graced the merrymaking.
While the Unity Night was made memorable by the amazing performance of DMX Comvalenyos and the presence of artist –comedian Negi who entertained and made everyone laugh.
For the list of winners in each event, please check-out Turismo Nabunturan and LGU Nabunturan Facebook page.