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Santa Praxedes locals compete in dance, gamet cooking contests

SANTA PRAXEDES, Philippines- Featuring “gamet” as main ingredient, 10 barangays of this town showed their own versions of shawarma in a cooking contest as part of the 10th Gamet Festival here on Tuesday, March 27.

Known as the “black gold of the sea,” gamet is a seaweed growing at shores here. The iconic seaweed is then processed by gatherers trained by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The product is also shipped abroad.

Various gamet dishes prepared by contestants of Santa Praxedes’ barangays. Photo by Gerard Lucena.

After an hour of preparation, Bernard Paul Soriano and Lyza Jose from Barangay Centro 02 won first place in the contest, bringing home P7,000.

Barangays San Miguel and Centro Uno won second place and third place, respectively. Each barangay also bagged P4,000.

Meanwhile, pupils and students showcased their talents in the “Gamet Preservation and Conservation Interpretative and Performative Dance Showdown” later that afternoon.

The participants showed their own understanding of the gathering process of gamet in the colorful event.

Capacuan Elementary School retained their crown as champion while Santa Praxedes Central School and Cadongdongan Elementary School landed second and third place, respectively.

In the secondary level, Team A of Santa Praxedes National High School emerged as champion, followed by Team B and Team C.

Champions took home P7,000 while the others bagged P4,000.

This year’s theme is “Panagkaykaysa a panagsirmata kas maymaysa a pamilya para ti aniaman a gannuat ken pagsayaatan amin a Praxedenia” or “One vision, one family, one Praxedenians.”

Mayor Danilo Aguinaldo said the activities aim to raise awareness on the importance of preserving and conserving the iconic seaweed which has uplifted the lives of Santa Praxedenians over the past years.

“While Gamet Festival has already earned a name, we must not rest on all corners. Let us continue to join our hands to uplift the gamet industry. This include our stakeholders especially the gamet gatherers,” the mayor said.

In his speech, Aguinaldo called gamet as a “blessing” from God.

Aguinaldo thanked BFAR for their assistance and assured the bureau they will give utmost support to its programs that benefit fisherfolk.

He said the agency and  are already talking about possible new gamet products. “Pinag-iisipan na naming kung ano pa ang puwedeng ikagaganda ng produktong ito dahil kami po ay nagmamalasakit sa produktong ito,” Aguinaldo said.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Etrelina Aguinaldo, the mayor who led the promotion of the town’s Portabaga Falls, noted that the festival “has gone a long way.”

She said the legislative branch of the local government unit fully supports the preservation and conservation of gamet through ordinances. Northernforum.net

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