While most of the towns in the Philippines celebrating fiesta yearly, it’s different in the town of Subic in Zambales.
The Subic Ay! Festival rarely celebrated — only every 3 years. This justifies the need to have it observed more than just a day. It deserves preparation for week long activities.
Subic Mayor Jefferson “Jay” Khonghun said the festival is a mix of old and the new – a blending of the modern and the traditional—to show that the people in town are also evolving and adapting.
“Also, we are trying to bring in all possible aspects of community life to the celebration, so that all the residents, whether young or old, could relate to the occasion and, thus, would participate in the activities,” Mayor Khonghun was quoted saying.
Because community festivals is supposed to be thanksgiving for bountiful harvest, Subic Ay! Festival 2018 started with Barangay Product Exhibit, Food Festival and Night market.
Since the festivity is for the people, medical mission (with dental), feeding program and multi-services caravan were conducted.Subikenyos zoomed to municipal hall to avail the services in the medical mission. Free medicines. Free dental. Free eye glasses.
Among the highlights of the festival includes the Drum and Lyre Competition, Float Parade, and Ginoo and Binibining Subic pageant.
It was in the Day 3 of the festival when farmers and fisherfolks took the spotlight with the Karakol, Bangka race, Cultural show and Street Dance.Fluvial parade during the Araw ng Mangingisda at Magsasaka. (photo credit to Alex Galang)
(photo credit to the owner.)
The last days of the festival were filled with heavy entertainment and star-studded variety shows.
The 7-day affair was a total success, thus, Mayor Khonghun is planning to conduct the Subic Ay! Festival every other year.(photo credit to the owner.)