TAGBILARAN CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21st annual Ubi Festival officially opened on Jan. 25, 2021 at the old Tagbilaran City Airport.
This year's festival carries the theme, "Pagpananum og Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom Nga Dala sa COVID-19 Nabatukan."
The provincial government of Bohol has chosen the Old Tagbilaran City Airport as this year's festival venue to ensure that the implementation of basic health protocols will be followed, especially physical distancing as the venue provides a wide area for the activities.
EXPECT MUCH LARGER LEGROOM. With the Ubi Festival kicking off under the "new normal" at the old Tagbilaran Airport, the public can expect better implementation of physical distancing protocols during the event. (PIA Bohol)
The Ubi Festival 2021 kicked off with a motorcade at 8:00 a.m. on Monday which jumped off at the Provincial Capitol Grounds passing through the New Capitol Site Road - Hangos St. - J.A. Clarin- City Hall Grounds - Calceta St.- back to J.A. Clarin St.- PNB-CPG Avenue - City Airport Road down to the venue.
The festival was participated in by Ubi Growers, local government units, non-government associations, Peoples' Organizations, and the Technical Working Group of the festival.
Gov. Arthur Yap during the opening program emphasized the importance and impact of growing and yielding Ubi as a livelihood of the Boholanos, especially in alleviating hunger amid the pandemic.
Yap led the ribbon cutting and opening of exhibits and was assisted by Vice Gov. Rene Relampagos, Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnel Baba Yap II, First Lady Jane Yap, Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry Pamugas, Miss Bohol 2019 Celina Villoceno, and Miss Universe Philippines 2020 3rd Runner Up and Ambassador of Tourism, Pauline Amelinckx.
Aside from Ubi products and other agri-commodities, ornamental and flowering plants are also being sold at the venue.
Different contests are also lined up, such as the highest volume of Ubi display, Pinaka of different Ubi varieties, outstanding Ubi growers, cooked Ubi Eating, Ubi Tabirak eating, and literary musical contests - Bugno sa Rondalla, Ubi Balitaw, Del Hores, and Sarah Geronimo voices alike.
Other activities to highlight the festival are the nightly entertainment, food fair, techno fora, Ubi cook off, arnis demo, and zumba.
The Ubi Festival is celebrated annually in Bohol in recognition of the ubi growers across the province since 2000. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)