Thursday, April 21, 2016

Water for the Environment for 2016 Tampisaw Festival

Barangay Taloto-an, Concepcion

Tampisaw, a Hiligaynon term “to frolic” or “playfully wade in the water” also known as Concepcion’s Festival, is a three day festivity that coincides with the annual Earth Day Celebration---celebrated in almost 192 countries across the globe, the event is to increase awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

Barangay Taloto-an
The people of Concepcion, Iloilo appreciate the uniqueness and rich biodiversity of their town by annually celebrating Tampisaw Festival, aimed at understanding their natural environment and how they should protect everything around it. Tampisaw is also known to be the first home-grown, community based, eco-tourism festival in the region.

This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of water to all forms of life in the planet, “Tubig: Kabuhi, Dapat Tapin-an” outlines the town’s 3-day celebration from April 28-30, 2016. It opens with an Orientation on Mangrove Planting at 7 a.m. proceeding to the Launching of Coral Planting in Botlog and Bulubadiangan and the Covenant Signing in Forging Partnerships with different Partners on April 29 (Thursday) at 9 a.m., Municipal Fishing Port; 10:30 a.m. Fluvial Procession from Municipal Fishing Port to Eco Park; 1:00 p.m. Symposium on Climate Change ESWM/ DRRM; 4:00 p.m. Inter-Agency Games; 7 p.m. Talent’s Night.

Day 2 (April 29 – Friday) Coastal Clean-Up around poblacion area at 6 a.m.; 7:00 a.m. Orientation on Mangrove Planting fronting Municipal Hall; 9:00 a.m. Pinta Lawas (Body Painting) Competition at the Municipal Auditorium; 10:30 a.m. Pumpboat Race at the Municipal Fishing Port; 1:00 p.m. Festival Parade Street Dancing at the Municipal Plaza; 2 p.m.; Festival Dance Presentation at 2 p.m.; 4 p.m. Inter-Agency Games; 7 p.m. Live Band.

Day 3 (April 30 – Saturday) Coastal Clean-Up around poblacion area at 6 a.m.; 8:00 a.m. Triathlon along and El Nino Stakeholders Forum at the Municipal Session Hall; 9 a.m. Laro Ng Lahi; 10:30 Invitational Basketball Game; 1 p.m. Recycled Arts Contest; 4 p.m. Inter-Agency Games; 7 p.m. Search for Perlas Sang Tampisaw 2016.

Agho Island
 Our water resource continually teaches us about the interconnections found in our environment, and of the need for an ecology-based perspective. People have always had a special affinity towards water. Water quantity and quality concerns are basic to society's well-being, and water-related issues continue to be vitally important to every community.

The municipal government headed by their very dynamic municipal mayor, Hon. Milliard Villanueva is committed to the protection and conservation of their many valuable landscapes. The LGU had worked in partnership with other organisations to support community programs which promote conservation. Many actions are being taken to prevent pollution especially at their island beaches, with the local government tackling sources of pollution in a range of ways.

Bulubadiangan Island
Concepcion has 16 satellite islands which offer a real sense of escape to its visitors. There is something about the colors of its sea, white sands with palms perfect for slinging up a hammock.  Swimming galore and you have all the trappings of a great travel destination. The island beaches of Bulubadiangan, Agho, Bagabo, Danao, Bali-gui-an, Tambaliza, Botlog, Igbon, Bago Sipol, Mangalabang, Sombrera are its finest escapes. The reality of these islands is that development has not scarred the beachfronts.

Agho Island

Concepcion is 111.4 kilometers or at least a 2 hour and 20 minute drive north from Iloilo City. It has a land area of 9,702 hectares comprised of 25 barangays of which 16 are component islands. It annually celebrates its patronal fiesta every 8th of December in honor of Immaculada Concepcion. Market day is every Thursday. One can take the bus at the new Ceres Terminal, Barangay Balantang, Jaro Iloilo City. For more information, please contact Engr. John Rey Asturias – Municipal Tourism Officer, Concepcion at 09982168581.

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