This is the story of a philanthropic family. “Pápanondo”, Don Joaquín Rubio Vázquez ~ Sea Captain turned Lumberman and Philanthropist. “Mamanonda”, Doña Pura Manresa Gomez ~ Devoted wife and Pillar of the Vázquez family. Proud Parent’s of (6) children; Manuel, Joaquín II, Pedro, José, Jaimito and Paulita. Accompanied by “Papátío”, Don Manuel Rubio Vázquez ~ Sea Captain and brother of “Papánondo.” This is their legacy and the legend of the family Vázquez.

“This is where it all began…”

From Spain, sailing away for work while raising a family on board. They built their nest in one of the islands in Palawan, Islas Filipinas. It is located on the northern part of the island, in a small “Tagbanwa” village called “Talindak”. They settled in the 1800’s; and in 1890 the Spaniards re-named it “Bacuit”. “Bakwit” in Tagalog and “Evacuee in English”. It was a place where people were evacuated to and from during the “Spanish American War” which had displaced lives on the island. A town was re-born! It is known today as El Nido (The Nest, named after the “Balinsasayaw”, “Swiftlets” who weaved their nest from their saliva onto “Jade like” limestone cliffs.) It was during the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 were Pápanondo’s two (2) Merchant Vessels were sank by the Spanish Army next to the “San Quentin” to block entry to Manila Bay from the American fleet. It was during the signing of the “Treaty of Paris” six (6) months later when Pápanondo was fortunate enough to be paid back for the sinking of his two (2) Merchant Vessels. He quit being a sailor and with the money, he acquired and claimed his property. He becomes a Lumberman and builds; El Nido de la familia Vázquez.

“This is where we come from…”

Since 1890 to current day, the Vázquez family still live in El Nido. The Nest of the Vázquez family was established in 1890. The 1st Spanish families to settle in Bacuit, El Nido were Cánovas, Vázquez, Rios and Rey. Descendants emerge and make their way back to the nest to re-discover the island life and new members of the family Vázquez . Españoles de Peninsulares who bore Insulares, who bore Castizos, Mestizos and Filipinos; the evolution of our bloodline.

“This is why we have returned to our nest.”

Will they stay? Or will this be their new migration path back to their nest? “If you build it, they will come” from the movie, “Field of Dreams.” “They” referring to you, me and us Vázquez. Making it my own (our) place to call home and to withstand the test of time. For the future to continue on with the legacy; a Rich Cultural Heritage beyond compare and birthright of passage. Passed down to us through our Vázquez bloodline. Bled and bred from Don Joaquin Rubio Vázquez and Dona Purificacion Manresa Gomez; The BEST STOCK!

We are now all in this together. Just like Noah built his Ark, like Kevin Costner built his field, like Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and General Douglas MacArthur returned. We will re-live and we will share them. Those who will come will build bridges connecting gaps and filling in the blanks, spacing us closer together. From the past and to the present and back to the future. Let it pour and reign; no Vázquez gets left behind. This is our land and nesting grounds; hallowed grounds. ViVa Vázquez!!!

Come home to our nest! Our ancestors call and live within us all. Long live the Vázquez family!

“Look to the past to guide your yesterday presently today; for tomorrow is the future and only a day away.”

A true story

by: MM Casado

sinalakIn 2004, while conducting a regular archaeological excavation at Dewil Valley, Dr. Jun Cayron, a member of Palawan Island Paleo-History Project, found a turtle-shaped jar in Sinalakan Karst. Dewil Valley is located in New Ibajay, El Nido, Palawan and home to the most important archaeological site in Northern Palawan at present, Ille Cave. This discovery was very significant since led us to a new understanding on how early settlers of Dewil view their environment.

Just Recently, the group discovered in the same cave 2alleged legs of the said jar. Because of this, Dr. Victor Paz, the head of the said project, suggested that it was not a turtle but a bird. Dr. Helen Lewis, the co-leader of the group disagreed with him. She insisted that it was a turtle. Aside from this, Dr. Cayron discovered lots of turtles in another cave of the same karst. This finding supported the idea of Dr. Lewis.

Though, this debate is still dividing the view of the archaeologists until now, one thing is already certain: El Nido has now another unique artifact. [Arvin L. Acosta, LGU]

664582_10151229226939889_1598323816_oSeattle—The Burke Museum will connect two distant communities that share a common interest in preserving their natural and archaeological heritage, and revitalizing cultural practices, thanks to an $80,000 grant awarded by the American Alliance of Museums.

Suquamish, Washington and El Nido, Palawan, in the Philippines, are both shoreline communities that share a deep history of harvesting from the sea. In both communities, the primary source of income has been shifting away from natural resource extraction and toward tourism. By facilitating this project, the Burke Museum will encourage stewardship of both areas’ fragile natural and cultural resources.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and administered by the American Alliance of Museums, the “Museums Connect” grant program is designed to increase cross-cultural understanding. Through the Burke’s project, “Ancient Shores, Changing Tides,” members of both communities will explore their archaeological pasts, with a focus on practices related to fishing, gathering, and herbal medicine. The goals of this collaboration are for each community to come away with firsthand knowledge of a different culture, a deeper understanding of their own heritage, and the expertise to steer tourism development in a sustainable direction.
“When I first visited El Nido in 2010, I was impressed by the local enthusiasm for archaeology,” says the Burke Museum’s Curator of Archaeology Dr. Peter Lape. “This grant is a wonderful opportunity to support cultural champions at the grassroots level.”

Dr. Jun Cayron, Director of Palawan State University Museum added, “This collaborative exchange fits very well with the Palawan State University’s mission, which is to work towards sustainable development through community empowerment.”

Throughout the project, residents of Suquamish and El Nido will be connecting with each other through mailed packages, Skype calls, and social media. The highlight will be international travel, when five members of each community will visit the other country. The Filipino delegation is scheduled to arrive in October 2013, with the Suquamish set to travel to the Philippines in January 2014.

While the two communities are near opposites in terms of climate, with Suquamish dominated by cedar trees and El Nido lined with coconut palms, a strong spirit of hospitality is emerging as a common bond. Participants in both El Nido and Suquamish are busy planning the fishing trips and seafood feasts that will take place when the communities visit each other.

“I look forward to meeting with the Cuyonon people and learning how their cultural knowledge is preserved and shared, from one generation to the next,” says Lydia Sigo, Suquamish Museum archivist/curator, “We want to share the history of the Suquamish people and show the value that we place on our traditions and the teachings of our ancestors, while still embracing change and growth, for the future of the Tribe.”

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, anticipation is building regarding the upcoming delegation visits. As Philippine participant Arvin Acosta, who is El Nido’s tourism director, said, “I hope the Suquamish will thoroughly enjoy their visit. We are so excited to welcome them, and show them traditional Cuyonon practices –how we cook food, play, gather shells, and sail.”

In addition to the rich cultural activities, the museums will coordinate a series of workshops where participants will investigate and document how ways of life and practices have evolved over time. The end goal will be to create an exhibit that will enhance the community’s tourist appeal. In Suquamish, that exhibit will be located in the Old Man House Park, on the shore of Puget Sound. Lying at the center of the Suquamish winter village on Agate Pass, just south of the present-day town of Suquamish, the Old Man House was home to Chief Sealth (Chief Seattle) and Chief Kitsap.

As Ford W. Bell, AAM’s president, noted, “We were impressed by the Burke’s project. It reflects the spirit of collaboration that is so important to the museum field today. It has the potential to generate lasting ties between these institutions and their respective communities.”

According to Dr. Julie K. Stein, Executive Director of the Burke Museum, “The ‘Ancient Shores, Changing Tides’ project draws on the Burke’s long history of cultural collaborations with indigenous communities of the Pacific region. It promises to be an integral aspect of our ongoing mission to engage with our communities and create a better understanding of the world and our place within it.”

Background on the Museums Participating in the Museums Connect Project:

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture The Burke Museum is the premiere museum of natural history and cultural heritage in the Pacific Northwest. The museum is responsible for Washington State collections of natural and cultural heritage and sharing the knowledge that makes these objects meaningful. Located on the University of Washington campus, the Burke serves its community with collections, research, exhibitions, and educational programs in three scientific divisions: anthropology, biology, and geology. The Burke holds nationally ranked collections in each of these divisions and is particularly well known for Northwest Coast and Alaskan Native art, holding the country’s fifth largest such collection. The Burke is a leader in developing collaborative exhibits and programs with partner communities throughout the Pacific.

Palawan State University Museum The mission of the Palawan State University Museum is to preserve, protect and disseminate Palawanʼs heritage. More than 2,000 ethnographic and archaeological materials are held in the museumʼs collection, with display areas showcasing Palawanʼs flora and fauna. Located on the Palawan State University campus, students use this museum for their museum appreciation and cultural resource management classes, while Puerto Princessa City residents take part in public activities including the Indigenous People Month exhibition, music and dances, an archaeology week celebration, and lectures on Palawan culture.

Suquamish Museum A new museum facility, completed in 2012, houses the Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center just up the hill from the Old-Man-House village site. Set in a natural landscape of native plants, the space reflects the traditional Big House architecture of the Coast Salish. This Silver LEED building houses the Suquamish Tribes collections of artifacts, photographs and manuscripts. The public areas offer permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, research space, education rooms, and a museum store.

Balay Cuyonon [the House of Cuyonon Culture] Located in Sibaltan, El Nido, Palawan, the Balay Cuyonon is a place where curiosity about the past is cultivated in order to build a better future. The Balay Cuyonon is traditionally-built bamboo structure with a thatch roof made of Nipa palm filled with all the items that one might find in a Cuyonon home at the turn of 20th Century. [Source: Lace Thornberg, Museum Connect Project Coordinator.]

IMG_4863Personnel of the Municipal Tourism Office of El Nido under the Reef Watch program participated in the Green Fins program for El Nido. The team underwent training that started on August 6, 2013. Reef Watch is a section in the Tourism Office that is task to protect El Nido’s eco-systems from the damages  caused by tourism activities. They educate tourists, clean up the islands, gather Crown of Thorns [a type of star fish that feed on coral polyps], monitor boat anchorage and repair damaged mooring buoys.

Meanwhile, Green Fins is a program funded by United Nations Environment Program [UNEP] that accredits dive shops around the world that practice sustainable tourism. It will be in El Nido where they will accredit snorkeling tours operators for the first time.

Partnership between Green Fins program and Reef Watch program was made possible through El Nido Foundation, Inc., the implementing partner of Green Fins in El Nido.

The training will continue through a series of field works, assessment and participation in different Green Fins activities. Both El Nido Foundation and the Municipal Tourism are hoping that the Reef Watch program would fill the missing component in the Green Fins program: the visibility of enforcers in the area.

Title of Activity        : WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
Date of Activity        : MARCH 12, 2013
Venue/Location       : EL NIDO, PALAWAN
Sponsoring Agency : LGU
Participants                : 1, 900 plus women of the municipality

Women's Month Celeb. El Nido_Page_06HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACTIVITY

          The celebration of national women’s month in the municipality of El Nido was observed with day-long set of activities that aimed to touch the different facets involving womanhood. To put the aim into materialization, the commemoration of the event was consisted of five (5) parts, namely: Part 1 – Physical Fitness; Part II – Wellness and Beauty Care Contest; Part III – Women’s Parade; Part IV – Program Proper; Part V – Socials Night and Awarding of Certificates and Prizes.

          The program kicked-off as early as 6:00 a.m with fun run and coastal clean-up activities. Registration of participants followed at 8:00 a.m which was held at the Municipal Covered Court. Manicure and haircut contest participated by the women representatives from the different barangays jumpstarted Part II of the celebration. Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. And Malampaya Foundation, Inc also took part in the celebration by opening a cooking contest for women participants with corresponding cash prizes for the winners. Free haircut was also given to all the women who wished to avail the service. Free Papsmear Test and Treatment for 500 women was also launched by the Rural Health Unit.

           In the afternoon, there was a women’s mass parade participated by all women employees of the LGU, DILG Officer, the women delegates from the 18 bgys., and selected high school students from El Nido National Central High school. After the parade, the program proper started. Municipal Agriculturist, Ms. Virginia D. Balderas, led the invocation, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Opening Message was given by the Municipal Social Work Development Officer/Event Committee Chairperson, Ms. Gloria
C. Mones. Welcome remarks was given by Acting Municipal Vice-Mayor, Hon, Helson B. Gonzales. OIC-MLGOO/Event Committe Co-chair, Sherry Lyn G. Saac delivered her speech focusing on the theme—Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan. Municipal Mayor, Hon. Edna Gacott-Lim rendered an inspirational message for the women participants. Right after the formalities was the start of the Field Demonstration Contest joined in by the women delegates of the participating barangays.

           At around 6:30 p.m, dinner was served for all the participants. The Socials Night followed wherein women evidently enjoyed the dancing opportunities. Presentation of  Certificates of Recognition for the 25 women barangay tanods was conducted as headed by the Municipal Mayor, OIC-MLGOO and MSWDO. Awards and prizes were then given to all the winners of the contests held earlier that day. The celebration finished with more merry
dancing.

Prepared by:
SHERRY LYN G. SAAC
OIC-MLGOO-EL NIDO

On June 17-21, 2013 two (2) personnel from ELNIDO MUNICIPAL POLICE STATION under the supervision of PSINSP ANALYN PALMA, COP attended the five (5) days training on DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATION TRAINING in which Palawan Provincial Police Office in partnership with Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office forwarded communication to all Police Station to provided participants in the training together with BPATS member of Bataraza, roxas and Narara likewise same letter of invitation were also sent to  friendly forces; Philippine Coastguard, Special Boat Unit (SBU) and Maritime Police.

 That, said training were attended by 50 participants from different Police Station in the Province of Palawan, held at Camp Heginio A Mendoza Sr., Bgy Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa and selected areas as the other venue of training.

 On June 17, 2013. Activity started with a program proper in which PSUPT RONIE S BACUEL, DPDO gave his welcome remarks and PSINSP BERMAR R HERRERA, C, PCRBR presented the participants and being declared as open by the Provincial Director PSSUPT ATANACIO T MACALAN JR, MAPSS.

After a short program, lecture started by Ms Hayalee Joy C Vicente the invited speaker in which she discussed the Stress Management, she mentioned that, responder in a disastrous event should handled their own stress to avoid misdemeanor, and representative from Bureau of Fire SFO2 Lowell T Dahon and FO1 Eugene Manuel talk about the Basic Fire Fighting concepts and Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Basic concepts in conflagration Disruption Proper Usage of fire Extinguisher and rule of the PNP during Fire Incident, Mr Earl Timbancaya, PDRRMO Officer explained the concept of  Disaster Incident Management: The NDRRMC Framework (RA 1012; Principles, concepts, Disaster Incident Model, Socio Economic- Environmental Impacts of Disaster and PO2 Fred M Aurelio Jr, PCR PNCO elucidated the LOI 35/10 “Saklolo Revised” and PNP Disaster Response Checklist (Concepts of the PNP’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan and the Immediate Response of lower PNP units a few hours before, during and after the occurrence of disaster.)

On the second day, lectures continued wherein training staff from PDRRMO discussed the Disaster Incident Command System (ICS) with the Concepts on search, rescue and retrieval operation, Workshop on inter-operatibility of response units, LGUs and other Non Government Unit, Contingency Planning, Team Organization, Individual Duties and responsibilities, Command System, Triaging and Safety Assessment. He discussed the Module A-H which covers the importance of establishing Incident Command System  after the discussion participants  were divided into teams for a workshop and created their own Incident Command System that can be adopted to a given scenarios.

On the third day, training was getting more exciting because participants undergone Rope Courses and High Angel Rescue but  prior to the said activity training staff and PDRRMC elaborated the basic Knot Tying and rappelling techniques, Fundamental and Basic of high angle rescue and evacuation techniques, Basic raising and lowering system of various equipment.

That, at about 10:00 in the morning after the lecture and briefing, training staff/PDRRMC and participants left Camp Mendoza and proceeded to Palawan State University, Bgy Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City Palawan and undertake practical exercises which was the rope course.

On the fourth day, at about 8:00 in the morning of June 20, 2013 participants assembled at Pristine Beach, training staff, PDRRMC and Philippine Coast Guard discussed the proper Boat Handling and Live Saving Techniques Boat technologies, equipment, boat crew organization and boat commands, further demonstrated the basic boat handlings and capsizing, recovery procedures, paddling techniques and drop pick up procedure. Life ring rescue ropes throwing techniques, Water Safety and life saving techniques (Swimming Approaches, carries, victim removal from water, etc) Swimming Proficiency (Surface Diving, Underwater Swim, Life Saving Stroke).

The 5th day, at about 8:00 in the morning participants assembled at the grandstand of Camp Mendoza for a final test, in which the training staff prepared a DISASTER RESPONSE DRILL COMPETITION that all the workshop and practical exercises were gathered and put into one (1) dynamic activity. Boat handling, fire fighting, knot tying, entry hazard point and rescuing a victim were being set-up and at the end of activity team 2 who got a short time usage and correct procedures won the competition.

This training aims to develop the consciousness of every participant in disaster response, to enhance their capabilities and skill in rendering public service and securing lives and property in times of calamities and also to stirring-up their minds that fear and dread on disaster or catastrophe’s should not run instead be ready and prepared.

In 2009, El Nido Foundation Inc. made a partnership with the Municipal Tourism Office and Coastal Resource Management Office in formulating modules for training tour guides. The said modules are focused more eco-awareness and visitor management. In this kind of training, skills are aimed to protect the fragile eco-system from the damage caused by tourists. With the participation of of local veteran tour guides, the modules were finally made.

The training of local tour guide instructors was conducted first in December 7-10, 2009. On January 27-29, 2010, the 1st Eco-Tour Guiding Training was conducted wherein 12 out of 20 trainees passed  written and oral examinations. They were taught basic El Nido facts, basic ecology and basic tour guiding techniques.

As tourist arrivals reached 37 thousand mark in 2010 and 2011 and is poised to reach 40 thousand in 2012, the organizers decided to increase the number of guides who know how to protect the eco-systems. The 2nd Eco-Tour Guiding training, which was attended by 32 aspiring tour guides, was finally conducted in September 26-28, 2012. This time, basic food handling and ‘Green Fin’ eco-awareness campaign was added to the modules which was in preparation for the Green Fins’ accreditation program in El Nido. Green Fins is an international organization assessing and promoting dive companies that prevent their guests from damaging underwater eco-systems. This will be the 1st time that they will accredit snorkeling tour operators.

Once the number of eco-tour guides needed are met, the organizers plan to conduct advanced eco-tour guiding trainings that will include in-depth nature interpretation and eco-tour designing. Specialization in different eco-systems is also eyed in order to produce mangrove guides, cave guides etc. With these developments, El Nido seems on track in its push to diversify tourism products.

Taong 2010 nang magkaroon ng field school sa Sibaltan ang mga estudyante ng arkeyologo na mula sa University of Washington [UW]. Pinangunahan ng University of the Philippines – Archaeological Studies Program [UP-ASP] ang paghuhukay  at nagpadala rin ng mga kinatawan ang mga pamantasan sa Timog-Silang Asya at Korea. Matapos nilang matuklasan ang pamayanang nabuhay noong 500-1,500 na taon ang nakararaan, naglagay sila ng espasyo para sa Sibaltan Community Museum sa loob ng Barangay Hall.

Pagtapos ng dalawang taon, bumalik ang isang kinatawan ng UW, Si Lace Thornberg, para magsagawa ng workshop para palawigin ang Museong Bayan. Nais ni Lace na magkaroon ng tatlong uri ng exhibit sa museo: arkeolohikal, kultural and ekolohikal. Katulong ni Lace ang Municipal Tourism Office at ang grupong “Kamiyan” sa nasabing proyekto. Ang Kamiyan [Kalikasan ay Alagaan, Mahalin at Ingatan, Yaman natin YAN] ay ang grupong itinatag upang alagaan ang Marine Protected Area [MPA] ng Sibaltan.

Sa kasalukuyan, nasa ika-apat na workshops na ang mga mamamayan ng Sibaltan. Nagsimula ang unang workshop noong Abril 8, 2012 at ang huli ay noong Mayo 13. Nakatakda na rin ang dokumentaryo ng mga traditional na awit at tradisyunal na paraan ng panggagamot sa May 16.

Masaya ang mga taga-Sibaltan sa pag-kalap ng mga kuwento at kasaysayan ng lugar. Ngayon ay unti-unti nilang natatanto ang halaga ng mga ordinaryong bagay na ginagawa na kasalukuyan at nakaraan. At bandang huli, inaasahang sila na rin ang magkukusang panatilihin ang kulturang kinagisnan upang paunlarin ang industriyang turismo sa lugar at upang maipamana ang kulturang yaman sa sunod na henerasyon.

Sa ika-2 ng Disyembre 2011, isang pagdiriwang ang naganap saBayan ng El Nido; ang PistangKulambo at Tarabuan para sa Caayadan kaakibat ang temang: “Pagtataguyod ng mga Programang Pangkalikasan, Pangkalusugan at Pangkabuhayan, angkop saNagbabagongKlima”.Ang okasyong ito ay naging bahagi nang lungsod bilang isang malawak na stratehiya at paraan upang sugpuin ang paglaganap ng sakit na Malaria.Idineklara na ang patuloy na paggamit ng kulambo (insecticide- impregnated mosquito bednets) ay ipektibo at abot-kayang paraan laban sa naturang sakit.Subalit ayon sa resultang naganap na survey, sa first quarter noong 1999 naipakita na 34% lang ng mga mamamayan ang gumamit ng kulambo bilang pangdepensa sa sakit na malaria. Kaya kinakailangan ng lokal isako at masuring kampanya na maghahangad para sa pagpromote na ugaliin ng mga tao ang paggamit ng kulambo.

Ang Pistang Kulambo ay nagsimula pa noong Nobyembre 1999.Ito ay naging lokal na tradisyon na inaabangan sa bawat taon nang mga tao sa El Nido. Ang pista bilang bahagi ng pagsugpo ng malaria ay nakaktulong sa pagbaba ng mahigit 60%  sa bilang ng kaso ukol sa malaria halimbawa nito ay ang pagbaba ng kaso mula  1,219 sa taong 2000 hanggang sa naging 22 kaso sa taong 2010.

Ang pagdiriwang ay ginanap sa Covered Court ng Munisipyo, mayroong 18 barangay na nakilahok sa mga eksibisyon at kompetisyon.Isa sa highlight ng Pista ay ang makulay na parada kung saan ang mga nakilahok ay nagsusuot ng mga makulay na kasuotan na gawa sa kulambo at lokal na materyales. Mayroon ding Tarabuan para sa Caayadan, kung saan iba’t-ibang produkto ang itinampok sa bawat booth.

Ang taun-taon napagdiriwang na ito na siyang bumubuong Community-Based Malaria Control Program na ipinatupad ng Lokal na Pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng Rural Health Unit, El Nido Foundation Inc., at iba pang ahensya na kaagapay ng El Nido.

Ang programa ay nahati sa dalawang bahagi; ang unang bahagi ay sinimulan alas-otso ng umaga (8:00 A.M) hosted by: Mr. Roman de Jesus at MaricelBriones. Sa bahaging ito ginanap ang iba’t-ibang paligsahan.

Una ay ang “Bring Me Contest” kung saan lahat ng manonood ay pinapadala ng mgabagay na makikita sa kani-kanilang booth, kasabay din nito ang pag-iikot ng mga hurado sa pagpili ng “ Natatanging Booth” base sa pagkamalikhain at orihinal na gawa, paggamit ng local na materyales, mga produkto paninda at maging ugali ng nagbibinta. Kung saan mula salabing-walong (18) barangay labing-lima (15) lang ang nakilahok. Sumunod ang “Jingle- Singing Contest” na naglalaman ng mensahe ukol sa selebrasyon na nilahokan ng mga mag-aaral ng elementarya, sekondarya at kolehiyo. May “Eating Contest” din na ginaganap,mayroong para sa mga nanay, tatay at mga bata, “Poster Making Contest” at “Trivia”.

Sa ikalawang bahagi naman ng programa (1:30) hosted by: Mr. Arvin Acosta at Pattie Jean Lumbania ginanap ang parade at “street dancing” na kung saanlabing-pitong barangay ang nakilahok para magpakita ng gilas sa pagiging malikhain mula sa kasuotan at maging sa hatawan. Pagkatapos ng parada, pormal na sinimulan ang programa ni Dr. Cesar Rivera, El Nido Municipal Health Officer, kanyang ipinahayag na lumiit na ang bilang ng mga nagkakasakit ng Malaria sabayan. “Sa taon 2007 mahigit 400 kataoang may kasong malaria at sa kasalukuyan siyam hanggang labing-isa nalang ang kompirmadong may sakit.” Sa mensahe ni Edna Gacot-Lim, Municipal Mayor of El Nido, ipinahiwatig ng Mayor na ang bayan ng El Nido ay umuunlad sa larangan ng makabagong teknolohiya. Dagdag pa nito, inaanyayahan niya ang lahat na patuloy na pagbutihin, tulung-tulong at sama-samang paunlarin ang bayan ng El Nido.

Ayon naman kay Dr. Peter G. Cumareng, Provincial Malariologist, Province of Palawan; “dapat bawat lungsod/barangay may aktibong grupo ng tao na mangangasiwa sa kaligtasan at kalusagan ng mga mamamayan. Ipagpatuloy ang pagtataguyod ng mga programang pangkalusugan ng bayan hinggil sa KALUSUGAN NG ISLA at KALUSUGAN NG MIMAROPA”.Bago matapos ang programa,binigyan ng parangal ang mga nanalo sa paligsahan gaya ng:Jingle- Singing Contest: (1st) Bucana, (2nd) Teneguiban, (3rd) Manlag;On the Spot Poster Making Contest (HS Level): (1st) El Nido Nat’l High School, (2nd) Bucana, (3rd) Teneguiban; Elementary Level: (1st) Manlag, (2nd) El Nido Central School, (3rd) Aberawan; Natatanging Booth Contest:(1st) Pasadeṅa, (2nd) Bagong Bayan, (3rd) New Ibajay;Most Creative Group during the parade(Buena Suerte). Maliban ditto, may mga nakatanggap din ng espesyal na parangal ang tulad ng Gawad Pangkaunlaran(1st) Barangay San Fernando, (2nd) Barutoan, (3rd) Sibaltan; Best Community-Managed Marine Area (CMMA): Masikhay Award- Barangay Masagana at Sambisig Award- Barangay Sibaltan; Best Performing Barangay Health Worker (BHW) Group- Barangay Villa Libertad  Microscopist ; Conservationist- Lia Cheek; ETDF Collector- Romeo Capones

Ang Pista ng Kulambo at Tarabuan ay tunay na magandang halimbawa ng isang matagumpay na community based efforts dahil narin sa local na pamahalaan, suportang mga publikong organisasyon, lokal na mamamayan at iba’t-ibang pangkat ng El Nido tungo sa iisang hangarin at adhikain.

Mabuhay ang Pista ng Kulambo at Tarabuan para sa Caayadan ng El Nido…….

[Maria Fe Sajor, OJT, VSU]

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