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‘Tinagba’ fest pays homage to farmers

By Rhaydz B. Barcia

IRIGA City marked the 50th annual Tinagba Festival, paying homage to farmers as the backbone of the nation's food sustainability.

The festival featured a procession of carabao-pulled carts carrying agricultural products, showcasing gratitude to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Luis, 60, and Maria Guevara, 57, along with their grandson Patricio Juan Guevara, 12, joined the parade, symbolizing the unity of 36 barangays in offering their bountiful harvest to the Lord.

Mayor Wilfredo “Rex” Oliva emphasized the festival’s significance in post-pandemic times, celebrating farmers, indigenous people, and their contributions to Iriga City.

The event included a vibrant street dancing competition, highlighting the city’s rich culture and traditions.

The tradition of farmers and indigenous people offering their first harvest aligns with ancient Bicolano rituals, expressing gratitude and seeking blessings for a prosperous year.

Tinagba Festival, initiated in 1974 by Jose Calleja Reyes, serves not only as a religious tribute but also promotes tourism and showcases Bicolano customs.

The festival’s evolution includes charitable acts, with farmers' offerings distributed to institutions across the Bicol Region.

This year, the festival united all indigenous tribes in Iriga City, featuring a variety of activities, including the Tinagba Agri and Food Fair, Farmers’ Day, and a street dance competition.

Rep. Migz Villafuerte contributed to the festivities by organizing a gathering of indigenous tribes, providing free lunch and food packs.

TINAGBA A farmer steers a carabao pulling a cart laden with bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. The harmonious display pays homage to the agricultural richness at the heart of Iriga City's annual festivities. Rhaydz Barcia


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