September 26th, 2010
by: Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (September 26) – The first ever Suman Festival in the municipality of Naval in Biliran province highlights its celebration of the 150thPueblo Day today.
The activities lined-up for the Suman Festival include the search for Naval’s best suman, best suman decorated house, suman float and suman eating contest.
Sources from the local government unit (LGU) of Naval disclosed that there are 16 suman producers in the municipality who will vie for the search for Naval’s best suman.
The producers were required to submit their suman entries yesterday for pre-judging based on the criteria set by the organizing group to include presentation of the product and taste. The final judging will be done today and the announcement of winners will be done in tonight’s awarding ceremony.
For the best suman decorated house, five zones in poblacion Naval are participating in the contest. Selected houses in every zone are entries to the contest. Additional points will be given to the zone if they offer suman and chocolate (tsokolate) beverage in the morning while the parade is going on.
The best suman decorated house wins a cash prize of P15,000; second prize – P10,000 and third prize winner gets P5,000. Non-winning entries will get P2,000 each as consolation prize.
On the other hand, during the parade, the best suman decorated float gets a prize.
The most sought of part of the festival is the suman eating contest to be held at the Naval municipal grounds. The contestants are judged based on the most number of suman consumed under time pressure. Attractive prizes await the winners of this contest.
Meanwhile, LGU-Naval is preparing some 3,000 pieces of suman for distribution to Navalenos who will go to the municipal grounds to join in the celebration of the 150th Pueblo Day today.
Naval is one of the best producers of tasty and delicious suman in the region and even in the whole country. The delicacy attached to the town of Naval was identified in the one-town-one product project of the Department of Trade and Industry here in Biliran. (PIA-Biliran)
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