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Calatrava opens centennial Lilas Pandan festival

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• ANDREW ALTAREJOS

FIESTA. Pump boat carrying the images of Saints Peter and Paul during the grand fluvial parade along the shorelines in Calatrava, during the town’s centennial fiesta yesterday* Andrew Altarejos photos

More than 30 pump boats joined the grand fluvial parade on Saturday morning from Barangay Lemery towards the seaport in Barangay Lo-ok, carrying the images of Saints Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Calatrava town in Negros Occidental, during the inauguration of its month-long Lilas Pandan Centennial Festival 2024 and centennial fiesta celebration.

The fluvial parade was followed by a procession on foot, from Brgy. Lo-ok port going to the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church where Rev. Fr. Dino Pepito presided over a holy mass. 

Calatrava Mayor Marilyn Era was joined by municipal officials and employees at the religious event.

In the afternoon, a Zumbathon Neon paint party was held at the Menchaca Park which was participated by zumba enthusiasts. This was followed by the opening salvo program, which was sponsored by the municipal tourism office.

Procession of Calatrava’s patron Saints Peter and Paul*
Calatrava’s Lilas Pandan Festival dancers*

Different entries of Calatrava’s talents that competed at the recent Panaad sa Negros Festival showcased their performances once again, and was also given recognition for their achievements. The municipal mayor also gave her opening message during the program. First District Board member, Araceli Somosa was also present during the event.

A grandiose fireworks display then lit the night sky as it ushered in the opening of the centennial Lilias Pandan Festival 2024.*

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