Wow Caraga 2011 – Payanig sa Bislig

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A March 28, 2011 press release by the Department of Tourism
Kalagans recently celebrated the 16th founding anniversary of Caraga, dubbed as Wow Caraga 2011.
As an administrative region under Republic Act 7901, it is composed of the six cities of Butuan, Surigao, Bislig, Cabadbaran, Tandang and Bayugan, and the five provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat group of islands.  This year, Bislig City hosted the celebration; thus, the tagline “Payanig sa Bislig.”
The celebration officially opened with the Bird Parade participated in by students of different schools wearing bird head gears.  They converged at the De La Salle John Bosco College (DLSJBC) Gymnasium for the Bird and Wildlife Forum organized by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III led the ceremonial ribbon cutting to formally open the Wow Caraga Exhibit which included the trade fair, the exhibits of regional line agencies, the “Birds of Bislig” photo exhibit, and the garden show at the grounds of DLSJBC.  Also present were DOT-Caraga Director Leticia Tan, DOT Regional Office XI (Davao) Director Arturo P. Boncato, Jr., Bislig City Tourism Officer Lorelei Teresa D. Lim, and Bislig City Tourism Council President Bert Dormendo.
“The people of Caraga have a lot to be thankful for with the environment they have been endowed with but such great endowment comes with great responsibility. The people of Caraga must continue to protect the environment not only for themselves but also for future generations,” Mr. Enerio conveyed in his message ushering the festival showdown.
The Calagan Festival Grand Showdown was participated in by different contingents, namely Agusan del Sur’s Naliyagan, Surigao del Norte’s Lubi-lubi, Bislig City’s Karawasan, Surigao del Sur’s Paladong, and Bayugan City’s Diwata.  Each contingent showcased its own festival with clear storylines and scenarios focused on thanksgiving.
Other highlights include the Seach for Mutya ng Caraga 2011, the Calagan Culinary Show and Live Competition, the Calagan Singing Star Quest and the wild-bird watching activity held at PICOP forest.  Wild bird watching is the new tourism product of Bislig City.