Bataan ready for Pawikan festival

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BALANGA City: Bataan is all set for this year’s nationally awarded Pawikan Festival in Morong, the provincial tourism office announced on Monday.

The festival advocates for the caring of marine turtles and the highlight of the festivity is the release of hatchlings at the shore adjacent to the West Philippine Sea.

Architect Techie Banzon, Bataan tourism head, said they have finalized the schedule for the two-day event on November 30 and December 1, 2013 at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Nagbalayong, seaside village in Morong.

“The schedule already has the go signal” from Gov. Albert Garcia and his mother, Vicky Garcia, Bataan Tourism Council Foundation chair in coordination with the Morong municipal government headed by Mayor Jorge Estanislao,” the architect said.


The festival starts with a fun run at 5:30 a.m. of November 30 in Nagbalayong, followed by the opening ceremony at the Pawikan center. The release of hatchlings follows.

Various activities are lined up on the first day including the opening of the trade fair and different contests like kite flying, sand sculpture, poster-making, paddle painting, beach volleyball and cook fest, among some others.

A “capture those moment” photo contest follows with three winners getting P1,500; P1,000 and P700, respectively.

A cultural show and night patrol in chance encounter with marine turtles on the beach will surely tickle the imagination of visitors.

The second day, Sunday, kicks off with a walk for a cause at 5 a.m. from Nagpaho Crossing to the Pawikan center.

After a program, pawikan hatchlings will again be released to the West Philippines Sea, formerly the South China Sea.

Street dancing competition, participated by 11 towns and one city, will surely excite especially first time visitors as dancers in pawikan-inspired costumes thump their feet on the sandy beach.

Bancathon Kayak race, cookfest follow. After the awarding and recognition of partner agencies, a beach party where the roaring of the waves can be heard caps the celebration.

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