She isn't the festival queen of the Karatong Festival from Dulag, Leyte but she sure has able to make everyone's eyes glued on her. She was so mesmerizing, she even made it at the front page of a very popular daily newspaper here in the Philippines. The minute she came out to join her group, photographers didn't stop taking pictures of her!
According to the Aliwan Website, Dulag is one of the municipalities situated on the eastern coast of Leyte. In ancient times, Dulagnon communicated using the karatong – a bamboo implement also used to warn of impending danger and to drive away intruders. When Moro invaders ravaged the town to get their golden bell, the natives were allegedly moved by the Nuestra Senora del Refugio and the Senor Santo Nino to tap the karatong to save the town. Since then, it has become a highly progressive town. Dulag’s float is made of 100% bamboo as this is an abundant resource in the municipality. The open bamboo stands for a new beginning for the town, while the cornucopia laden with fruits and grains symbolizes abundance and a bountiful life.
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