A celebration of bounty and provincial pride, the colorful week-long celebration of the Niyogyugan Festival culminated in the awards ceremony recognizing the municipalities which dazzled guests from in and out of Quezon Province this August 18, 2013.
The towns of Gumaca and Mauban, Quezon were hailed as the overall champion of Niyogyugan Festival 2013. The two towns split the prize of Php 3 Million worth of projects from the Provincial Government of Quezon, earning each a total of Php 1.5 Million.
From the 38 municipalities that joined in the booth competition, Gumaca, Quezon reigned supreme. This marks the second time the town won as champion in the said category; the first was in last year’s Niyogyugan Festival. Php 3 Million worth of projects was awarded to the town for its creative and vibrant booth display.
The town of Mauban, Quezon placed a close second, winning Php 2 Million worth of projects, while the towns of Lucban, Quezon; Sariaya, Quezon; and San Narciso, Quezon shared third place, each receiving Php 1 Million worth of projects.
As consolation, the other municipalities that failed to land a spot in the top three were given Php 100,000.00 worth of projects.
In the Karosa ng Niyog float design competition held during the third day of Niyogyugan, August 14, 2013, Gumaca, Quezon won first place and Php 150,000.00. On second place is Quezon, Quezon, winning Php 100,000.00, while on third place is Lucban, Quezon with Php 75,000.00.
The other participants of the float competition received Php 30,000.00 as consolation prize.
In the Sayaw ng Niyog street dance competition held in the same day, Dolores, Quezon was named champion and was awarded Php 200,000.00. Unisan, Quezon won first place and Php 150,000.00, and Mauban, Quezon won second place and Php 100,000.00.
Once again, those that were not able to snatch a place in the top three positions were given consolation prizes of Php 30,000.00 each.
Guinayangan, Quezon’s Erika Fontamillas was crowned the festival queen of Niyogyugan and received Php 25,000.00. San Narciso, Quezon’s Maria Jannela de Guzman followed at second place. Aside from the prize of Php 20,000.00, she also received Php 15,000.00 for the Best Festival Costume award. Ana Katrina Alzona of Quezon, Quezon, on the other hand, placed at third with Php 15,000.00. The contestants that did not win were still given Php 10,000.00 as consolation.
For the PINAKA contest held during the second day of Niyogyugan, Araw ng Magsasaka on Aug 13, 2013, interesting and uniquely-formed agricultural commodities were presented by farmers and fisherfolk from different municipalities. The winners and their entries are as follows: Seaweed – Mauban, Quezon; Bangus – Mauban, Quezon; Tilapia – Mauban, Banana (Lacatan) – Mauban, Quezon; Quezon; Jackfruit – Atimonan, Quezon; Squash – Tagkawayan, Quezon; Banana (Saba) – Real, Quezon; Papaya – Gumaca, Quezon; Eggplant – Tiaong, Quezon; Pineapple – Sampaloc, Quezon; Ampalaya – Unisan, Quezon; Coconut – Pollilo, Quezon.
The province also recognized its outstanding farmers and fisherfolk during the event. Those that awarded were Geovanie H. Magpantay (Catanauan) - Outstanding Corn Farmer; Romulo B. Ayag (Sariaya) - Outstanding HVCDP; Jerson G. Cabriga (Tayabas City) - Outstanding Young Farmer; Edison V. Sabillo (Mauban) - Outstanding Fisherfolk; Benedicto M. Malaluan (Candelaria) - Outstanding Rice Farmer; 4 H Club Cawayan (San Francisco) - Outstanding Rice Farmers' Organization; Cabatang Farmers' Org. (Tiaong) - Outstanding Small Farmers' Organization; Del Rosario RIC (Tiaong) - Outstanding Rural Improvement Club; Real MAFC (Real) - Outstanding Municipal Agricultural and Fisheries Council.
In the face of the success of this year’s Niyogyugan Festival, Quezon Governor David Suarez promised to make next year’s celebration even bigger and better. He expressed his wish to make the celebration more meaningful, as it is a week-long festival celebrating not only the province’s colorful culture and abundant agricultural sector, but also its namesake – former president Manuel Luis Quezon.
In this way, he said, Quezon Province will be better recognized and appreciated.
Provincial Agriculturist Roberto Gajo expressed his gratitude towards the support given by the municipalities that participated in the event, the sectors of the provincial government that assisted in making the festival possible, and the Quezonians that witnessed the event and took part in enjoying the celebration.(Quezon PIO)
Complete Photos of the Winners