The three-day 18th Ubi Festival is slated to start on Tuesday after it was postponed from late last month to an indefinite date due to additional preparations made for the event.
The launching of the festival led by Gov. Edgar Chatto and Department of Agriculture 7 director Leo Cañeda wil be held at Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City at 12 noon.
According to Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Larry Pamugas, a motorcade from the plaza to Island City Mall will be held after the ubi exhibit’s ribbon cutting.
A program will then be conducted at the mall where local ubi growers, non-government organizations and representatives from the academe are expected to gather.
Pamugas said that 24 localities with potential for ubi growing are expected to send delegates to join the festival.
These areas include Tagbilaran City, Baclayon, Dauis, Panglao, Albur, Lila, Jagna, Dimiao, Duero, Alicia, Talibon, Ubay, Calape, Antequera, Maribojoc, Cortes, Balilihan, Carmen, Sikatuna, Mabini, Corella, Sevilla, and San Isidro.
Like with previous Ubi Festivals, activities such as an ubi eating challenge, literary musical contest, cooking contest, the judging for best ubi booth and indigenous crop production technology will be held.
The Ubi Festival is celebrated annually in Bohol as recognition to ubi growers across the province since 2000.
This year’s festival is themed “Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon.” (R. Tutas)