Town Festival in the Philippines #1: Buswak in Minalabac, Camarines Sur

What 'Buswak' is all about

Buswak is a vernacular word (Bicol term) for fruit-bearing stage of palay or rice.

Since, my hometown MInalabac, is known for its vast ricefields, the local government unit officials and its tourism council decided to make it as an annual civic event, every month of March, showcasing the abundance of agricultural produce during the start of summer.

Started on year 2007, the tourism committee focuses on the importance of town's vague history, legends and folklores.

Way back year March 2014, the Buswak Festival opened with street dancing participated in for the first time by some 200 public school teachers clad in colorful costumes, based on the local legend “Kulakog”, a legendary giant that once roamed Minalabac, and the legend of the Quiriaon bell during the Spanish era.

The festival aims to:

  1. promote the traditional agricultural products of the town -- palay, abaca, coconuts and seasonal vegetables
  2. showcase its pristine beaches in the villages of Bagolatao, San Antonio, Salingogon and Hamorawon.
  3. welcome traders in order to promote both local and national products.

This hubber have been involved with the tourism council, including:

  • solicitations coming from the well-off residents of our town who now live abroad but still connect and interact with us through this festival;
  • as unofficial photographer during the pageant night of Miss Buswak 2015(Titles including: Festival Queen, Miss Minalabac and Miss Tourism); and
  • guest exhibitor for the photo exhibit.


The event and more: I Love Minalabac Signage & Buswak Festival 2015 Three-Day Program of Activities

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Newly-painted Minalabac signage (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)8th Year Buswak-Minalabac Program Cover (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)First Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)2nd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)3rd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)4th Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Newly-painted Minalabac signage (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Newly-painted Minalabac signage (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
8th Year Buswak-Minalabac Program Cover (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
8th Year Buswak-Minalabac Program Cover (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
First Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
First Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac Program (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
3rd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
3rd Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
4th Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
4th Page-8th Buswak-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

Facts about Minalabac

  1. Minalabac is a third-class municipality in Camarines Sur, Bicol, Philippines.
  2. It has a population of 48, 162 people, based from the 2010 national census. The next census will start this summer of 2015 as 45 enumerators/surveyors were selected this March.
  3. The town known for the so-called "Tumatarok ni San Felipe-Santiago" or Young Planters of Apostles Saint Philip and Saint James. It is a dance festival where young boys aged 10 to 12 years old performed the dance ritual. I have vague memory of this, but I was once involved in this socio-religious activity.
  4. It comprises of twenty-five (25) barangays or villages, namely:
  • Antipolo
  • Bagolatao
  • Bagongbong
  • Baliuag Nuevo
  • Baliuag Viejo
  • Catanusan
  • Del Carmen-Del Rosario (Poblacion)
  • Del Socorro
  • Hamoraon
  • Hobo
  • Irayang Solong
  • Magadap
  • Malitbog
  • Manapao
  • Mataoroc
  • Sagrada (Sagrada Familia)
  • Salingogon
  • San Antonio
  • San Felipe-Santiago (Poblacion)
  • San Francisco (Poblacion)
  • San Jose
  • San Juan-San Lorenzo (Poblacion)
  • Taban
  • Tariric
  • Timbang

5. The main summer beach destinations include the pebble beach in Bagolatao and sand beach in Hamoraon. There's a private beach in Salingogon offering comfort and amenities for personal rendezvous. Meanwhile, San Antonio beach is yet to be tamed since its big stones also attract handful of beach-goers.The growing number of resorts (privately-owned or barangay-assisted ones) offers amenities such as cottages, videoke, rest houses.

6. A Shell Museum is now situated at Barangay Bagolatao and ready to be perused and visited by interested local and foreign tourists.

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How Municipal & Barangay Officials, Educators and Students participate in Buswak 2015?

The Minalabac Tourism Council considered the participation of teachers and students abig triumph for the Buswak Festival.

Teachers provided coaching and advisory participation and activity-launching, through:

  • short video filming and editing - about Minalabac's tourism potentials
  • essay-writing contest
  • poster-making contest
  • festival-jingle making contest

Students, both elementary and high school contingents provided participation and exhibition for

  1. Drum, Lyre & Majorette Competition
  2. Military Parade and Exhibition

Barangay Officials and Appointees also saw their participation through fun walk (with the gay-kathon), closing day parade, exhibits, bloodletting, bet-on-your baby, senior citizens' online PhilHealth registration and grand night for Rigodon de Honor.

Activities usually staged/ehibited during Buswak Festival in Minalabac, Camarines Sur

Opening Activities
Mid-Activities
Closing Day Activities
Fun Walk
Buswak Festival Queen Coronation Rites
Grand Parade by LGU, BLGU, DepEd
Marathon
Health Care/Advocacy Programs
Competition like Military Parade, Drum/Lyre/Majorette Competition
Holy Mass Celebration
Gay Marathon (Gay-kathon)
Parade of Patron Saints
Raffle
 
Holy Mass Celebration
Opening Day of Trade Fair
 
Awarding Rites
Photo Exhibit
 
Dance (Rigodon de Honor,etc.) with Live Band
The activities may vary during Buswak Festival but the sequence will be like what I posted here.

First Day of Buswak 2015 (18th Day of March): Opening Program,Trade Fair & Photo Exhibit

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The Trade Fair at the lawn of townhall (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)A Trade booth of nationally-produced home care/beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)One of the exhibitors of internationally-branded home care and beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Newly-harvested agricultural/sea produce of MInalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)The Photo Exhibit of which I was a guest exhibitor (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Raffle Draw with Mayor Nestor A. Villegas after the Fun Walk with fireworks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Vendor of Summer Coolers (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The Trade Fair at the lawn of townhall (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The Trade Fair at the lawn of townhall (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A Trade booth of nationally-produced home care/beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A Trade booth of nationally-produced home care/beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
One of the exhibitors of internationally-branded home care and beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
One of the exhibitors of internationally-branded home care and beauty products (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Newly-harvested agricultural/sea produce of MInalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Newly-harvested agricultural/sea produce of MInalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The Photo Exhibit of which I was a guest exhibitor (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The Photo Exhibit of which I was a guest exhibitor (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Raffle Draw with Mayor Nestor A. Villegas after the Fun Walk with fireworks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Raffle Draw with Mayor Nestor A. Villegas after the Fun Walk with fireworks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Vendor of Summer Coolers (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Vendor of Summer Coolers (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

Difficulties and Successes of Launching Buswak Festival

Since 2007, Buswak Festival is muddied with political bickering and controversies.

As our town's name implied, Mina means mine and labac is all about mud or muddy soil.

But the Tourism Council of Minalabac and the support of the constituents continue to grow each year.

There's no stopping them to launch the festival every year, since it is only two years-shy away for its decade-long celebration.

This year, it was my first to actively participate in the festival.

From time to time, I've been visiting the tourism office for updates.

I had my hands-on with the solicitation and little errands that made me the 'sixth man' for this year's festival.

Our tourism page on Facebook, Minalabacueños for Tourism, Culture and Advocacy with the help of Lgu Minalabac FB page, made more residents aware about the importance of the festival.

It's promotion is very timely since the country is facing the effects of El Niño phenomenon and drew some major exhibitors from nearby towns.

This year's highlight showcased the beauty product line of a local resident who's life was changed as she became a well-off resident of our town.

Second Day of Buswak 2015 (19th Day of March) : Festival Queen's Coronation Night and More

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The final five of Miss Buswak 2015-(From L-R:2nd Runner Up Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario, 1st Runner Up Ms. Baliuag Nuevo, Ms Hobo as Buswak Festival Queen, Ms. Salingogon as Miss Minalabac & Mis. Mataoroc as Miss Tourism (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)The Finale of Buswak Festival Queen Coronation Night (Our representative, Siara Joy C. Rubio, almost  taking home all of the major awards, including first-runner up honors(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Miss Hobo as Miss Buswak 2015-Festival Queen (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Miss Mataoroc as Miss Tourism for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source:Ireno A. Alcala)Miss Antipolo as Miss Talent for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario as 2nd Runner Up of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Getting ready for the Miss Buswak Production Number (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)The official candidates for Miss Buswak 2015 inside the Sangguniang Bayan Hall of LGU-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Last-minute hairdo of an official candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Production Number of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)The official hosts of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Miss Buswak 2015 candidates in their swimwear (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Selected candidates copping special awards(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Ms. Baliuag Nuevo as the most-awarded candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The final five of Miss Buswak 2015-(From L-R:2nd Runner Up Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario, 1st Runner Up Ms. Baliuag Nuevo, Ms Hobo as Buswak Festival Queen, Ms. Salingogon as Miss Minalabac & Mis. Mataoroc as Miss Tourism (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The final five of Miss Buswak 2015-(From L-R:2nd Runner Up Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario, 1st Runner Up Ms. Baliuag Nuevo, Ms Hobo as Buswak Festival Queen, Ms. Salingogon as Miss Minalabac & Mis. Mataoroc as Miss Tourism (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The Finale of Buswak Festival Queen Coronation Night (
The Finale of Buswak Festival Queen Coronation Night (
Our representative, Siara Joy C. Rubio, almost  taking home all of the major awards, including first-runner up honors(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Our representative, Siara Joy C. Rubio, almost taking home all of the major awards, including first-runner up honors(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Hobo as Miss Buswak 2015-Festival Queen (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Hobo as Miss Buswak 2015-Festival Queen (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Mataoroc as Miss Tourism for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source:Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Mataoroc as Miss Tourism for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source:Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Antipolo as Miss Talent for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Antipolo as Miss Talent for Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An official candidate for Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario as 2nd Runner Up of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Ms. Del Carmen-Del Rosario as 2nd Runner Up of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Getting ready for the Miss Buswak Production Number (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Getting ready for the Miss Buswak Production Number (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The official candidates for Miss Buswak 2015 inside the Sangguniang Bayan Hall of LGU-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The official candidates for Miss Buswak 2015 inside the Sangguniang Bayan Hall of LGU-Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Last-minute hairdo of an official candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Last-minute hairdo of an official candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Production Number of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Production Number of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The official hosts of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The official hosts of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Buswak 2015 candidates in their swimwear (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Miss Buswak 2015 candidates in their swimwear (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selected candidates copping special awards(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selected candidates copping special awards(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Ms. Baliuag Nuevo as the most-awarded candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Ms. Baliuag Nuevo as the most-awarded candidate of Miss Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

Remembering the preparation of Buswak 2015

As early as February, 2015, the staff of Mayor's office and the local tourism council presented the draft of the major activities.

Since, there's no approved budget yet, the core group decided to solicit from Minalabac residents (Minalabacueños) from here and abroad, whether it is cash or in-kind of products or services.

There's a post-Valentine dance participated by barangay captains and bingo socials that generated additional fund for the festival.

Social media, like Facebook, greatly helped in promoting the 8th year of the said festival.

There's an underlying incidentals, but it didn't hinder the enthusiasm of the group and their efforts paid out.

How People of Minalabac participated during Buswak 2015

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Teenagers having their cookout/barbecue business during Buswak Festival (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Way of life in Minalabac: Jeepney as main public transport (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Drum, Lyre and Majorette Contingent of Hobo awaiting for their turn for exhibition (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Native rice delicacies being vended by my relative (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Pre-loved (Ukay-ukay)clothes attracted local buyers. (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Local tourists from nearby town of Camaligan (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)An array of items/products during the Buswak Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Selfie of Local Exhibitor during Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)This hubber being massaged by a tourist (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)A boy showing his prowess/skills in turning wooden top or trumpo (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Another look at the townhall of Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)A client during a beauty-demo of one of the exhibitors (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Family bonding during the Buswak 2015 Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Selfie of two teenagers, who I personally knew (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)The tarpaulin of Minalabac's tourism site (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)2nd Day of Buswak 2015 on Phil Health Registration, Bet on Your Baby (with permission from a tv show), Bloodletting and Family Congress (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)2nd day(Mar.19th)of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Bloodletting during the 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Gay-kathon participant during 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Bet-on-Your Baby participants (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Activities during the 2nd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Grand Parade of Buswak 2015 on the 3rd Day-Mar.20th (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Elementary majorettes during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)This boy was a big attraction of their team -3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Drum, Lyre and Majorette Competition-High School Entrant during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Me and my former radio kid, Eva, also an exhibitor (now a high school teacher) (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Teenagers having their cookout/barbecue business during Buswak Festival (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Teenagers having their cookout/barbecue business during Buswak Festival (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Way of life in Minalabac: Jeepney as main public transport (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Way of life in Minalabac: Jeepney as main public transport (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Drum, Lyre and Majorette Contingent of Hobo awaiting for their turn for exhibition (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Drum, Lyre and Majorette Contingent of Hobo awaiting for their turn for exhibition (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Native rice delicacies being vended by my relative (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Native rice delicacies being vended by my relative (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Pre-loved (Ukay-ukay)clothes attracted local buyers. (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Pre-loved (Ukay-ukay)clothes attracted local buyers. (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Local tourists from nearby town of Camaligan (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Local tourists from nearby town of Camaligan (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An array of items/products during the Buswak Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
An array of items/products during the Buswak Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selfie of Local Exhibitor during Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selfie of Local Exhibitor during Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
This hubber being massaged by a tourist (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
This hubber being massaged by a tourist (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A boy showing his prowess/skills in turning wooden top or trumpo (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A boy showing his prowess/skills in turning wooden top or trumpo (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Another look at the townhall of Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Another look at the townhall of Minalabac (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A client during a beauty-demo of one of the exhibitors (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A client during a beauty-demo of one of the exhibitors (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Family bonding during the Buswak 2015 Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Family bonding during the Buswak 2015 Trade Fair (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selfie of two teenagers, who I personally knew (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Selfie of two teenagers, who I personally knew (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The tarpaulin of Minalabac's tourism site (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
The tarpaulin of Minalabac's tourism site (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd Day of Buswak 2015 on Phil Health Registration, Bet on Your Baby (with permission from a tv show), Bloodletting and Family Congress (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd Day of Buswak 2015 on Phil Health Registration, Bet on Your Baby (with permission from a tv show), Bloodletting and Family Congress (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd day(Mar.19th)of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
2nd day(Mar.19th)of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Bloodletting during the 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Bloodletting during the 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Gay-kathon participant during 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Gay-kathon participant during 2nd day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Bet-on-Your Baby participants (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Bet-on-Your Baby participants (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Activities during the 2nd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Activities during the 2nd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Grand Parade of Buswak 2015 on the 3rd Day-Mar.20th (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Grand Parade of Buswak 2015 on the 3rd Day-Mar.20th (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Elementary majorettes during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Elementary majorettes during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
This boy was a big attraction of their team -3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
This boy was a big attraction of their team -3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Drum, Lyre and Majorette Competition-High School Entrant during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Drum, Lyre and Majorette Competition-High School Entrant during 3rd Day of Buswak 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Me and my former radio kid, Eva, also an exhibitor (now a high school teacher) (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Me and my former radio kid, Eva, also an exhibitor (now a high school teacher) (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

This hubber is indebted to...

  1. Minalabac Tourism Council , with Ma. Luningning Albong, Senior Admin. Officer Nenita Villegas-Velarde for allowing me to be part of the 8th year staging of Buswak Festival.
  2. Fellow photo bloggers whose selected photos appeared on this hub.
  3. Wikipedia for providing authentic data about my town.
  4. Online site of sister-town/city Zamboanga (in Mindanao) for sharing our town's data and demographics.
  5. Our town's leader (the mayor),Hon. Nestor A. Villegas who's truly a servant leader (not a political leader) for unselfishly dedicating this sort-ot-thanksgiving festival to the people of Minalabac, especially to farmers and fishermen, whom he created (through an approved municipal ordinance) way back 2007.
  6. Journal Online (journal.com.ph) for additional information during the 7th Buswak Festival.
  7. Unnamed Minalabacueños who believe on the authenticity of said festival.

Photos Liked and Shared by me and my fellow Minalabacueños

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White sand/peeble beach of Bagolatao, shared last Feb.17, 2015 by my cousin Meeseey B. OcenarBeautiful Vista @ Brgy. Del Socorro, MInalabac, Camarines Sur, taken Nov.29, 2010(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Food Rave: Rock N' Roll, made from cooked/food-colored cassava flour, taken last Feb 19, 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Biking @Bagolatao, photosource:challengecamsur.comPlace: Bicol Shell Museum @Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur Photo Source: Kara Santos c/o www.traveling-up.comPanoramic View @ Baliuag Nuevo, farmers threshing newly-harvested rice or palay (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)A foreign tourist riding a jeepney Photo Source: Rosalie Balindan-DamsA local tourist enjoying the beach of barangay San Antonio, Minalabac, Camarines Sur -guess who he is? (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Barrio Life, lifting a sack of rice (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)Binutong, glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaf, as source of living in our town (Photo Source: Ireno A. AlcalaPancit-Loglog with egg and brown sauce, sprinkled with onion sprouts, as one of locally fave snacks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
White sand/peeble beach of Bagolatao, shared last Feb.17, 2015 by my cousin Meeseey B. Ocenar
White sand/peeble beach of Bagolatao, shared last Feb.17, 2015 by my cousin Meeseey B. Ocenar
Beautiful Vista @ Brgy. Del Socorro, MInalabac, Camarines Sur, taken Nov.29, 2010(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Beautiful Vista @ Brgy. Del Socorro, MInalabac, Camarines Sur, taken Nov.29, 2010(Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Food Rave: Rock N' Roll, made from cooked/food-colored cassava flour, taken last Feb 19, 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Food Rave: Rock N' Roll, made from cooked/food-colored cassava flour, taken last Feb 19, 2015 (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Biking @Bagolatao, photosource:challengecamsur.com
Biking @Bagolatao, photosource:challengecamsur.com
Place: Bicol Shell Museum @Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur Photo Source: Kara Santos c/o www.traveling-up.com
Place: Bicol Shell Museum @Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur Photo Source: Kara Santos c/o www.traveling-up.com
Panoramic View @ Baliuag Nuevo, farmers threshing newly-harvested rice or palay (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Panoramic View @ Baliuag Nuevo, farmers threshing newly-harvested rice or palay (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A foreign tourist riding a jeepney Photo Source: Rosalie Balindan-Dams
A foreign tourist riding a jeepney Photo Source: Rosalie Balindan-Dams
A local tourist enjoying the beach of barangay San Antonio, Minalabac, Camarines Sur -guess who he is? (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
A local tourist enjoying the beach of barangay San Antonio, Minalabac, Camarines Sur -guess who he is? (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Barrio Life, lifting a sack of rice (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Barrio Life, lifting a sack of rice (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Binutong, glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaf, as source of living in our town (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala
Binutong, glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaf, as source of living in our town (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala
Pancit-Loglog with egg and brown sauce, sprinkled with onion sprouts, as one of locally fave snacks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Pancit-Loglog with egg and brown sauce, sprinkled with onion sprouts, as one of locally fave snacks (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

My hometown, Minalabac

I uploaded my composition, Minalabac, via YouTube way back June 14, 2013.

My translation goes this way (as I've written it in Bicol dialect):

Minalabac, my hometown,

Baliuag Nuevo, is where I was born

Here in Camarines Sur, my town is famous

for its ricefields, coconuts and abaca.


When Nana Noning was still living,

She told me about everything,

giving importance to our own's culture

even if you go and work in other countries.

In every occasion in our town,

there are many activities that I like to watch,

There's Tumatarok, which is a sacred tradition

and thanksgiving with Buswak Festival.


In 25 barangays, almost all residents are familiar with each other

and always ready to entertain visitors,

There are delicious foods enticing you to be satisfied

and drinks that will make you drunk.


There's river, ricefields, mountains and the sea

Simple living until you prosper

Life in Minalabac, you'll truly admire.


All of us are truly helping each other

We will overcome any problem

as we evade rumors and intrigues.


Personal Note: I am also indebted to my father's cousin, "Nana Noning", (Leonora Rojano-DyLiacco) the deposed English teacher and prime mover of Bicolano culture. She was awarded an international recognition in literary field due to her poetry books promoting her town.

Minalabac (composed and sung by Ireno Alcala)

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MsDora 20 months ago from The Caribbean

I think it is meaningful to celebrate the crops. Buswak Festival sounds fun with the entire community participating. I pray that the politics do not mess it up. An interesting share!


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agusfanani 20 months ago from Indonesia

What interesting events and you are lucky to have a beautiful hometown like Minalabac with festive occasions held there.


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travel_man1971 20 months ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MsDora: We always pray that our local leaders will really serve our people and avoid meddling with the local tourism council's mission for their own personal gratification.


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travel_man1971 20 months ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@agusfanani: Yes, my fellow hubber. We have lots of things to offer here in our town when it comes to tourism.

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