APARRI, Philippines- This town takes pride of its sea water resources as it celebrated its week-long 8th Aramang Festival and 338th Patronal Town Fiesta which started on May 2 until May 11.
Among the highlights of the celebrations were the trade fair which showcased the town’s products and the Fluvial Parade dubbed as “Barangayan Sadjay Sabangan” participated in by fisherfolk of the different coastal barangays of this town.
Mayor Shalimar Tumaru, on her message during the fluvial parade on May 10, said fisherfolk have proven themselves that they are not just fishermen but also creative and artistic individuals as evident in their boats designed with materials depicting Aramang, (Nepatopalaemon tenuipes) or spider shrimp, a soft-shelled species uniquely endowed to Aparri
“Ang selebrasyong ito ay ating pasasalamat sa lahat ng magagandang nangyari sa bayan ng Aparri. Ito rin ay isang paraan para tayo ay magsaya at maipalamas ang ating pagkakaisa,” said Tumaru.
Tumaru thanked all their partner-agencies especially the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 2 for all its assitances and aid to the fisherfolk of Aparri to include the distribution of fiberglass boats and other fishing paraphernalia.
Severina Bueno, chief of Fisheries Production and Support Services Division of BFAR, said 37 boats were distributed to fisherfolk on May 7.
“Sana hindi mapagod ang mga farmer at fisherfolk na mapaunlad at mapangalagaan ang ating karagatan,” Bueno said.
Bueno, on the other hand, has challenged the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Aparri to join the BFAR’s 2018 Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) Search for Outstanding Coastal Community after its 3rd place peat in 2017 for provincial level.
Tumaru, in response, has posed the challenge to her constituents emphasizing that joining MMK is a win-win scenario where they will be able to showcase their unity and cooperation at the same time preserve the cleanliness of their seawaters.
“Sana mahikayat natin lahat ang mga coastal barangay na sumali upang sa gayon mapanatili natin ang kalinisan ng karagatan,” Tumaru added.
On the other hand, Bueno urged Aparrianos to sustain their Aramang production in order to preserve it for the next generation.
“Sana ma-sustain natin ang aramang na palaging meron. Huwag nating sagarin at ubusin kasi kapag naubos ang mga ito wala ng matitira para sa susunod na henerasyon,” Bueno added.
Meanwhile, other culminating activities to include streetdancing competition, beauty pageants for male and female, concert, games and contests, among others were conducted during the weeklong celebration in honor to San Telmo, the patron saint of sailors. Mark Djeron C. Tumabao/PIA Region 02