It’s the 6th year of the Bangsi Festival, a momentous event that is bringing the tourism and economic potentials of the booming coastal municipality of Maitum, Sarangani Province on the rise.
The Bangsi Festival is an annual celebration of this bustiling eco-tourism community that focuses on the municipality’s #1 OTOP commodity, the Bangsi or Flying Fish.
With this year’s theme, “Treasuring Maitum’s Pride”, the people of Maitum are once again renewing their commitment to protect and conserve NOT ONLY their seas and waters but also their FORESTs.
Here are the Bangsi Festival 2013 lined up activities:
January 23 (Wednesday) – Pre-celebration activities;
8am, Coastal Clean Up at Maitum Shorelines organized by MENRO/Jerry Bascuña (09999905056)
6:30pm, 1st Mayor’s Cup Inter-School Basketball at Municipal Gym organized by MBO/Nelson Merculio (09127565350) and Pstr. Arsenio Arago (09488425113)
January 24 (Thursday)
Rudes Elementary School, Brgy. Mabay
4am, Fun Run – Ground zero at Municipal Hall Ground organized by Alexander Rocapor (09287119927)
6am, Zumba sa kadagatan organized by Shiela Mae Kubik – (09466794336), Jenneth Dequilla (09193304884), Arnelito Ramirez (09186133022)
9am, Launching of 9th Photo Safari Contest/Introduction organized by MAO/Beth Ramos (09999905052)
9:30am, Contest Proper; Hawaiian Dance contest (WINDS/19 barangays) organized by DSWDO/Nelia Quimsing (09998893171) and Danilyn Gapasin (09089069489), Sand Sculpture (high School)organized by Arnelito Ramirez (09186133022)
Open Entry Contests; Lumba Bugsay organized by MENRO/Jerry Bascuña (09999905056), BANGSIPAKAS (Marinated Bangsi Preparation) organized by Elton Vincent Galima (09468478661), Bangsirit/Bangkarera organized by – Nenette Tuboso (09282929589)
1pm, Treasuring Maitum’s Pride Trade Fair at JLC Hall organized by Elton Vincent Galima (09468478661)
1pm, BANGSI MASTER CHEF contest ; Bangsi Cooking Contest (Barangay), Buffet Centerpiece Display (School), Table Napkin Display (School),Table Skirting ( School), Table Setting (School) at Municipal Hall Ground organized by Elton Vincent Galima (09468478661) and Arlex Narte (09081116453)
7pm, Munting Mutya ng Maitum 2013 at Municipal Gym organized by SB sec/Marcy Naval (09999917392) and Raymond Mayled (09189596930)
January 25 (Friday) – CULMINATION DAY
7:30am, Parade around the Town (Motif: Fishermen/Marine) Assembly Area at Mini Forest organized by Hon. Ruben Balanag (09187220090), PSI Luis Pederio,OIC (09395056757), School Heads, Kabalikat, and Karancho
9am, Festival Program at Municipal Gymnasium organized by Hon. Jess Bascuña (09392768558)
SB sec/Marcy Naval (09999917392)
9:30am, Drum & Lyre Competition ( Elementary School Bands) at Municipal Gym Arlex Narte (09081116453) and Arnelito Ramirez (09186133022)
11am, Sugba-sugba ug Bangsi sa kadalanan along National high Way organized by MENRO/Jerry Bascuña (09999905056)
1pm, Bangsiyawan (mass dance) – Elementary Pupils- at Municipal Gym organized by Hon. Jess Bascuña (09392768558)
7pm onwards, BANGSI PAURARAY; Disco and Live Band (Community Night), Acoustic contest (W/elimination round)
For this year, an Official Bangsi Festival 2013 Souvenir Shirt is available for sale at the Maitum Municipal Information Office. The short-sleeved shirt is priced at P220 while its long-sleeved version, at P350. Check out its design below. For more info, check out and like their Facebook Page–> http://www.facebook.com/maitum.sarangani
With all these in store for the locals and visitors alike, expect the 6th Bangsi Festival this year to be grander and more festive than the previous years.
We only have to thank the Honorable Elsie Perret, Mayor of Maitum for ensuring that after only six years, the Bangsi Festival has turned out into one of the region’s more important and better-known annual fiestas, here and abroad. For this year, Bangsi Execom 2013 Chairman George Perrett will surely live up to securing this distinction and more.