Monday, February 16, 2015

Tamasak Festival: Fun, Fitness and Food

Widely accepted as the country’s football capital, Barotac Nuevo will celebrate and showcase the abilities and diversity of their sports-loving community through Tamasak Festival, a diverse, action packed 2-day filled with sports, music, food and fun. 

Celebrated this year on February 20-21 at the FIFA Football Grounds in Barangay Tabucan, the festivity is being promoted and organized by Hon. Nonel Gemora, committee head for the Committee on Tourism and Trade, Commerce and Industry.

The festival will showcase the abilities and diversity of sports-loving Barotacnons as well as open up the opportunity for local people to get involved and have a go at sports they otherwise may not have the opportunity to try.

The event opens with a Parade at 7-8 am Laro ng Lahi at 8:30-10 am, Horse Race at 10-12 noon on February 20 (Friday); Horse Endurance at 8-10am, Mayot Hernan D. Biron Sr. Football Cup at 8-5 pm, Borador Competition at 10-11:30 am, Exhibition of Remote Control Model Cars, Helicopters and Planes at 11:30-12 noon, Miss Gay Chaka Show at 6-8 pm and Live Band from 8pm-1 am. Tamasak offers this line-up of activities to assure visitors is sure to have a good time.

Tamasak is a chance for families to enjoy the festival experience together, in a friendly environment.  The festival takes place at the FIFA Football Grounds in Barangay Tabucan and will feature competitions for individuals and teams including Kabayo Race, Borado, Mayor Hernan Biron Sr. Football Cup. Variety shows and live band in the evening are added special activities. 

The festival is also an avenue to promote Barotac Nuevo and the unique natural and cultural attractions that the area has to offer.

Tamasak has the potential to really grow the pool of amateur athletes in the community and make Barotac Nuevo more of a destination for sports enthusiasts. The goal is to make this an annual event in the area and to grow the event to a level achieved by other multi-sport events in the country.

Increased opportunities for sports, such as the case of Barotac Nuevo can be regarded as a contributor to the community well-being where the celebration has adequately provide a facility for its inhabitants for recreational, sporting, cultural and social activities.

The Second-Class municipality of Barotac Nuevo is 30 kilometers or an hour jeepney or bus ride from the Northern Central Iloilo Transport Terminal, Inc. in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. It has a land area of 9,449 hectares politically subdivided by 29 barangays.  It is bordered by Pototan to the west, Dingle to the northwest, Anilao to the northeast, and Dumangas to the south.

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