The three-day Ubi Festival 2018, originally scheduled on January 30-February 1, 2018, has been indefinitely postponed to give ample time in the necessary preparations by organizers to ensure a successful celebration this year.
Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas said the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) had already informed the Municipal Mayors and the Municipal Agricultural Officers/Municipal Agriculturists by sending letters, Bohol Law Enforcement Communications System (BLECS) and telephone call brigade regarding the postponement of this year’s festivities.
Pamugas said the public will be formally informed as soon as the dates will be finalized.
The Ubi Festival has been conducted annually by the provincial government to recognize and award the Ubi growers who sustain the Ubi industry in Bohol.
Furthermore, the occasion also serves as a gathering of local Ubi growers and investors; representatives from national government agencies, national government organizations, people’s organization; processors, academe and institutions to exchange ideas for the development of Ubi industry in the province.
The festival also features side events such as the Farmers’ Eddie Peregrina Voice Alike will now known as Farmers’ Yoyoy Villame Voice Alike to revive the novelty songs of the famous comedian Boholano singer Yoyoy Villame who hailed from the town of Calape, Bohol.
The biggest Ubi tuber harvested in each variety will be awarded in the Pinaka (biggest) Contest. while Ubi. Endemic Crops Production Technology Fora will highlight the three-day Ubi Festival 2018 to be held at the Bohol Cultural Center.
The Pinaka Contest will award the biggest Kinampay, Baligonhon, Kabus-ok, Binanag, Gimnay, Binato, Iniling, and Tam-isan each receiving prizes of P3,000 each; while the Crops Production Technology Fora will be conducted by Amancia Medellin an Ubi expert to be participated by the K-12 students of Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School.
Other contests in line with the festival are Best Ubi Booth/Ubi Exhibit: 1st prize- P8,000, 2nd P6,000 and 3rd P4,000; Benignit Eating (1st-P2,500, 2nd-P2,000, 3rd-P1,500); Ubi Challenge Eating (1st-P2,500, 2nd P2,000, 3rd P1,500); Indigenous/Endemic Crops Technology (1st -P3,000, 2nd-P2,000, 3rd-P1,000) and Farmers Eddie Perigrina Voice Alike (1st-P3,000, 2nd-2,000, 3rd-P1,000).
The Ubi Balak for farmers and students categories (1st-P4,000, 2nd-P3, 000, 3rd-P2,000 to each of the category); Ubi Kuradang for farmers and students categories (1st-P5,000, 2nd-P4,000,P3rd-P3,000 each of the category); Ubi Rap/Jingle (1st-P5,000,2nd-P4,000,3rd-P3,000); and Bugno sa Rondalya contests (1st-P10,000,2nd-P7,000, 3rd-P5,000).
Provincial Executive Director Leo P. Cañeda, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 7 and Governor Edgar M. Chatto are expected to grace offering program of the Ubi Festival 2018.
The 18th Ubi Festival bears the theme “Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon” traditionally kicks off with a motorcade from the OPA at the Capitol Annex Building, Dao, Tagbilaran City down to the Bohol Cultural Center wherein the opening and the awarding and closing ceremonies will be held as the center of all the activities of the festival. (Atoy Cosap)