Monday, April 13, 2015

Tampisaw Festival: Revering and Honoring Nature’s Bounty

the tribal dance competition

The municipality of Concepcion stages an environmental-themed party through Tampisaw Festival scheduled to take place this year between the 23rd and 25th April. This 3-day festivity will promote and show-off and eclectic mix activities for Mother Nature.

Preliminary activities will open on April 23 (Thursday) with Panubay-subay sa Baybayon (A Coastal Clean-Up Experience) at 6 a.m., Milex Villanueva’s Bicycle Cup at 8 a.m., a Torch Parade or SUGA at 6 p.m., Ceremonial Bonfire at the Fishing Port at 7 p.m., and the  Tampisaw Mardigras: The Sulo Passion (A Night of Upbeat Music) at the Municipal Auditorium at 9 p.m.; April 24 (Friday) Opening of the festival with Panubay-subay sa Baybayon at 6 a.m., Opening Program with the launching of Hashtag Campaign #iloveconcepciontampisaw15, Concepcion Hymn, Tampisaw Earth Dance and Music and the Declaration of the 5-Year Image Transition for 2020 at 9 a.m., Palumba Baroto Race at 10:30 a.m., Opening of Food Fest at 1 p.m., Talent’s Night for Perlas sang Tampisaw at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium; April 25 (Saturday) Panubay-subay sa Baybayon at 6 a.m., Symposium at 8 a.m., Palumba Sakayan de Motor at 10:30 a.m., Tampisaw Convergent Parade at 1 p.m., Earth Dance Presentation at 2 p.m. at NIPSC Campus, Search for Perlas sang Tampisaw 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium.

Tampisaw, a Hiligaynon word that refers to “wading in the water” or “to playfully wade in the water,” was organized in 2000 during the term of former Mayor now Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias. The festival title was coined by Director Helen Catalbas of the Department of Tourism Region VI to describe the people of Concepcion’s love of water and the gifts it brings being the essence of life to the community.

Tampisaw coincides with the Earth Day celebration, a globally celebrated holiday. Oftentimes extended to a weekly event, Earth Day was established to raise awareness about environmental issues especially in safeguarding our natural environment—air, water and land and transform public attitude by activating individuals to strengthen their fight against man’s exploitive relationship with Mother Nature.

Sandbar Island Beach Resort in Barangay Bulubadiangan

Concepcion’s all-embracing coastline is one good reason to visit the area. Popularly known to be one of the pearls of Iloilo, the town has a wealth of charms to offer. It opens up to beautiful, idyllic and typically crushed coral island beaches with tranquil blue waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. This makes Concepcion a popular vacation spot for couples and young groups.

Agho Island
Among the popular attractions that helped put Concepcion in the tourism map are the island beaches of Agho and Bulubadiangan known for its luscious stretch of white sand and the island of Tambaliza with its centrepiece, the imposing Mt. Manaphag also known as Pan de Azucar that measures 573 meters making it is visible even from the towns of Silay and Talisay in northern Negros.

Tampisaw Festival is a collaborative effort of the municipal government headed by Mayor Milliard Villanueva with the Culture, History, Art and Tourism Council (CHAT) and different departments along with the 25 barangays, the Department of Tourism, private sectors and the academe. 

Concepcion is about 111.4 kilometers away from Iloilo City. Made up of 25 barangays, the town bordered in the north by the municipality of San Dionisio; south by the municipality of Ajuy; west by the municipality of Sara; and in the east by the Visayan Sea. It has a total land area of 9,702.04 hectares.

To get there is a two-hour bus or van trip from Northern Iloilo Public Transport Terminal in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact Mr. Augusto Familara, Municipal Tourism Officer-OIC at 09306514876.

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