Forty-five residents participated in the three contests conducted by Atimonan One Energy (A1E) last July 31 as part of the Tagultol Fishing Festival, a celebration done every year to remember Atimonan’s roots as a fishing community.
Now on its 3rd year, A1E’s “Palaro” aims to introduce to the youth and keep alive the old fishing culture of Atimonanins. It involves the Ug-Ug Fish Catching Contest, Sagwanan, and Paligsahan sa Paglangoy.
The Ug-Ug Fish Catching Contest, which started as early as five in the morning, required participants to catch as much fish as they can through the ug-ug fishing method within two hours. Ug-ug is a traditional fish catching method where fishermen bounce strings with bait to lure the fish.
This was followed by Sagwanan, a boat racing competition, and Sagwanan, a swimming competition.
Here’s the complete list of winners in this year’s competition:
All the winners got sacks of rice and groceries as prizes. The Atimonan fisherfolk expressed gratefulness to A1E for conducting the activities.
“We are thankful to A1E and its partners for continuously doing these activities involving our fisherfolks and for giving importance to our fishing culture,” said Rollan Avenilla, president of Samahan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda.
For this year’s “Palaro”, A1E partnered with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), Dinamico Construction Inc., Atimonan Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Atimonan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Philippine Coast Guard, Atimonan Bureau of Fire Protection, Atimonan Emergency Rescue Team and Bantay Dagat.