The Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City honours Patron Saint, St. Bartholomew every 24th of August as the miraculous Saint who maintained the richness of Maqueda Bay as a major fishing ground of the province of Samar. This is far different from the well known Sinulog, Kasadya-an and other festivals in the country that honours the birth of Christianism.
The Manaragat Festival is interpreted by colours, dances and the sound of drums that echoed through the deep culture of the fishing industry that stayed long in the history of Catbaloganons. The City Government of Catbalogan under the tutelage of Mayor Coefredo "Tekwa" Uy encourages every barangay to participate in this festival to promote tourism industry as one of the major thrust of his Government. Manaragat is the local dialect for fishermen.
PART I - The Parade and the Street Dancing
Left photo: City Mayor Coefredo "Tekwa" Uy (center) and Van Torrevillas, City Vice Mayor (left) headed the parade and street dancing.
PART II - The Offerings
(Left photo) Ms. Luisa Key C. Granada, Miss Catbalogan of 2008, (Center photo) Ms. Kenneth Lim, master of ceremonies, and (right photo) from left, City Vice Mayor, Van Torrevillas; City Mayor, Coefredo "Tekwa" Uy; SB Member, Stephanie Uy-Tan; SB Member, Rudy Aquino; SB Member Iday Cabral; and, Sister Ma. Janet N. Bayron, RVM, Campus Minister.
Left photo: City Vice Mayor Van Torrevillas, announcing the start of the dance offerings.
Rain poured but the dancing goes on. Good citizens picking up broken shells of mussels after the magtarahong dance presentation.