Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tigbauan and the Annual Pagdaug-Saludan Festival

Spend a sweet, welcome to summer weekend in Tigbauan during the 2nd annual Pagdaug-Saludan Festival, March 14- 18, 2016. Both, the abundance the town’s home-grown produce and artisan food products plus the annual celebration of the historic Liberation of Panay are what initiated this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event.

March 14 (Monday) Opening of Agri-Tourism and Trade Fair, Opening Salvo and Street-dancing Competition at 2 p.m.; March 15 (Tuesday) Pagdaug-Saludan Festival Queen 2016 Coronation Night at  the Covered Gym, 7 p.m.; March 16 (Wednesday) PNP Night, Covered gym at 7 p.m.; March17 (Thursday) 23rd Foundation Day of SCFAI-Tigbauan, Covered Gym at 1 p.m.;  March 18 (Friday) Victory Run 2016 (Oton to Parara Landmark) at 5 a.m., Mass at 6:30 a.m., Foot Parade and Floral Offering at the Liberation Landmark at 7:30 a.m., Tribal Dance Competition at 2 p.m., Closing and Awarding Ceremonies at 5 p.m.

Saludan, a Hiligaynon term coined from the word salud, the traditional way of gathering or accumulating a thing for its interest or value such as threshing rice using a basket or catching fingerlings through nets. Fishing and farming had been this town’s way of life.

On its 2nd year, this traditional harvest festivity of Saludan is celebrated alongside Pagdaug, a festival segment commemorating the annual observance of the Liberation of Panay. The festivity has become the symbol of Tigbauans’ esteem not only in terms of its abundant varieties of local produce but also for the honoured Tigbauanons who served and died, and all who supported the World War II effort from this town.

The festival highlight is the tribe performances that illuminate the Japanese experience during the WWII era with personal stories. Symbolic of the defining event are dramatizations of some chilling reminders of its Japanese wartime existence. The presentations will draw on the commemorative experiences of spectators watching by capturing, in the audiences’ own words, their individual reflections on those Tigbauanons who have sacrificed their lives during WWII.

A scenic drive around the town is a perfect historic escapade where its historic structures are completely immersed in the urban fabric, both its past and its future. Visitors are oftentimes forced to re-imagine its past.

It was in 1942 when the Japanese Imperial Armies invaded the Philippines. Outside of Manila, Iloilo was the most devastated. Iloilo was at that time a massive military complex housing in its history of Japanese military. Churches, plazas, schools and colonial houses were used as detention areas for Japanese soldiers. Port San Pedro in the city, used as a Japanese Garrison was heavily damaged. The town of Tigbauan was one of those devastated areas.

The warship shaped mini-memorial marker in Barangay Parara was built in honour of all the Ilonggos who have given their lives in the defense of the Japanese Imperial Army.  It was on the 18th of March, 1945 when the 40th Infantry Division, spearheaded by the 185th Infantry Regiment landed at the shoreline of Barangay Parara in Tigbauan.  Several tanks and infantry with an estimated number of 23,000 guerilla forces headed by Col. Macario Perlta had secured the area.

With today's conveniences, visitors can still enjoy Tigbauan’s historic charm with plenty of historic sites that form part of its tourism system. The best historic experiences here are closer than you think.

Come join us for summer fun in Tigbauan, just 20 minutes or 22.5 kilometers south of Iloilo City. The town is comprised of 52 barangays over its 6,062 hectare land area and is bordered in the northwest by Leon; the northeast by San Miguel; east by Oton; west by Guimbal and the Iloilo Strait in the south.

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