Jasaan’s Katubigan Festival
Being a second-class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Jasaan is making a sound in its neighbouring towns. The town is known for its rich water resources. As a matter of fact, a quite number of pools, beaches and resorts are situated in Jasaan. Because of this abundance of water supply, the local government unit of Jasaan have come up with an idea of celebrating its blessedness through a festival called Katubigan Festival which started on the year 2004. The annual event is simultaneously celebrated with the town’s feast with their patron, Mary Immaculate every eighth (8th) of December.
The Katubigan Festival is a week-long celebration with variety of events. The following are just some of the competitions each year:
- Miss Perlas ng Katubigan – A beauty pageant where each barangay of the town has their own bets. The respective barangays most of the time held their own pageant prior to the event which makes the crowned Miss Barangay as the representative for the Miss Perlas ng Katubigan.
- Barangay Booth Display Contest – Each barangay will showcase their uniqueness in a booth display and will be judged base on their creativity.
- Palaro – In this event, the town’s people will be tested on their sporty side. Basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton are some of the various sports event played.
- Katubigan Festival Street Dancing Competition – One of the most awaited happenings of the year. It is sometimes exclusive for the barangays of the town to compete but most of the time, it is open to any contingent vying for the grand prize.
How to get to the municipality of Jasaan?
- From Laguindingan Airport, there are several public transport options available that stayed near the arrival gate of the terminal. One is the magnum express van for Php249 regular rate (2014 last update) or a taxi ride to Agora Terminal.
- You can ride a bus via Balingoan for Php35 fair and Php3 terminal fee. Just tell the bus driver you are heading to Jasaan.
- If you are not a fan of buses, you can also take a PUJ ride for only Php25 at Jasaan PUJ terminal in Agora. It will take you to the town proper.
The street dancing competition is the highlight of the festival, it usually took place a day before the town’s feast. So, it is highly recommended that if you wish to experience and witness the mini Sinulog performances, you visit town on the seventh (7th) of December. During that day also, there will be guests from Manila that annually gives laughter to the town with their skits and performances at night.