AgSur LGU showcases IPs’ products during Kaliga-on Festival

BUTUAN CITY, May 14 (PIA) -- Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the local government unit of San Luis, Agusan del Sur led the celebration of the Kaliga-on Festival with the presence of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) who actively participated in showcasing their locally-made products, rituals, and ethnic dances, among others.

According to municipal Mayor Dr. Phoebe Corvera during the Network Briefing News program, the IPs have been their constant partner in this annual celebration. “We used to celebrate Kaliga-on festival for days during the pre-COVID and last year, we tried to celebrate it because that's when our tribes come together,” she cited.

She added that this year, this festival becomes more meaningful as the IPs and the LGU work together to maintain the real essence of this celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In San Luis, we have the Talaandig, Banwaon, Manobo tribes so we tried to have even a simple celebration because what's important is that we showcase and preserve our culture,” added Corvera.

The lady mayor also highlighted the LGU’s One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) Pasalubong Store, where different products including the work of the IPs are displayed.

“This was supposed to be opened last year but because of the pandemic, it was prolonged. We have an association that was given the opportunity to display their products, including rattan bags and baskets. This is what we are piloting now, and the store is open to everyone. With this, we are also inviting all the small businesses here in San Luis to display their products,” bared Corvera.

The Kaliga-on Festival is celebrated every 15th day of June. It is a festivity of thanksgiving and praising the ‘Magbabaya’ for the good harvest, abundant blessings, and a gift of life. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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