MORONG, Bataan- “I personally taught them to dance.”
All the province’s 11 towns and One city participated in the Pawikan Festival held last November 30 and December 1, inside the Pawikan Conservation Center in barangay Nagbalayong here, by dancing different styles barefooted in a bid to create public awareness about the importance of sea turtles in our ecological balance.
Hundreds of College students clad in turtle-theme costumes erupted in cheers upon the announcement of their win of P30,000 plus trophy. Orani town placed second with P20,000 while Abucay landed third with P10,000. Consolation prizes of P5,000 each went to Dinalupihan, Pilar, Morong, Limay, Hermosa, Bagac, Mariveles, Orion, and Samal.
“Ako mismo nagturo sa kanila kaya nanalo kami,” Mayor Garcia jokingly told newsmen when he the City mayor was congratulated by newsmen about it.
Host town Mayor George Estanislao expressed gratitude to all, including Mrs. Vicky S. Garcia, chairperson of the Bataan Tourism Council, who played a major role for the festival; Gov. Abet S. Garcia, Rep. Minia Roman, 1st district, who supported the two-day Pawikan festival for the successful affair, giving this town more exposure before the eyes of the public. “Ako’y nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng suporrt ninyo dahil naging matagumpay ang aming festival,” said Mayor Estanislao.
“Of course, the governor should be given credit for this for contributing much for the development of the area, making ” said Estanislao.
Newsmen observed that this was the most happiest of all the festival conducted here since it’s the Pawikan festival was created 13 years ago, with the showing of various .
Aside from releasing sea turtles, Mayor Estanislao said they also staged Fun run along the coastal areas together with other programs like poster making, beach valley all games, kite flying, and sculpture.
During the first night, Morong folk held cultural show and nature camp.