Cong. Villar graces Bonok-Bonok festival 2008

Tourists, neighboring townfolks and covering journalists were once again treated to a cultural festivity as Surigaonons showed off not only their rich culture but also their unique rhythm through the staging of the Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2008.

The Bonok-Bonok is a ritual dance originated from the Mamanwa tribe which has been brought down through the generations and still being practiced today in reverence to the patron Saint San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Las Pinas Representative Cynthia A. Villar, the festival guest of honor and keynote speaker said it was her first time to attend the Bonok-bonok Festival and was overwhelmed with the unique moves of the dancers, "Ngayon lang po ako nakaatend ng Bonok-bonok Festival, ang ganda-ganda po. (This is my first time to attend the Bonok-bonok Festival. It's very beautiful.)"

Villar congratulated the event organizers and urged them to continue the activity for it is in one way or another spur up growth and development in the province.

In this year's winner, Surigao West Central Elementary School emerged as the overall champion out of the eight competing contingents and bagged the cash prize worth P250,000 plus trophy.

After the event, Cong. Villar was given honor by Surigao del Norte Governor Robert Ace Barbers in a fellowship dinner hosted by him. (PIA)

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