As I mentioned in an earlier post, we couldn’t help it but head on to Kalanggaman during the Holy Week summer break.

The  family and I have been enchanted by this tiny jewel of an islet.

We love its remoteness, its natural, undeveloped, “uncommercial” state. And although there are a few picnic kiosks, a common cooking facility and public restrooms, there are no ‘theme park’ developments in the islet.

We are not really the type who yearn for a modern mall nor chic restos/bars/cafes by the beach.

It was Holy Week so when we arrived, all the kiosks were already taken despite an earlier reservation we made with the Palompon LGU which manages the place. But not to worry, many were not planning to stay overnight so by mid afternoon, we already had our kiosks and had 4 tents set-up, enough to accommodate us all.

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What a pleasant surprise!

Shortly before we started preparing for breakfast very early in the morning on the second day of our Holy Week sojourn at Kalanggaman Island, we had an unexpected guest who dropped in.

It was the islet’s resident Black-crowned Night-heron, locally known as “lapay” :)

It was actually not our first meeting.

I first met the Lapay during one of my earlier trips to Kalanggaman. I was told by the islet caretakers that there was originally one pair of the birds bred in captivity and released in the islet by Palompon’s local government personnel. The other bird vanished and only this one stayed around.

Here are photos I took of her during that first encounter May of last year…

 

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Here’s our photo coverage of the 1st Search for Lawig Festival Queen 2011 held December 02, 2011 on the eve of the town fiesta of Palompon, Leyte.

Festival Queen 2011 Ms. Jyca Therese V. Mancao of MBVMH being crowned by Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (4th District Leyte) and Leyte Gov. Jericho “Icot” Petilla

1st Runner-up Ms. Almer Jane B. Damayo of Palompon Institute of Technology

2nd Runner-up Ms. Genibe Pilapil of Palompon Sanguniang Bayan

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The first 2 days of December found us in Palompon, Leyte (again), no, not for another trip to their famed Kalanggaman Island (although, frankly, we would have loved it) nor for another kayaking stint.

This time it was for Palompon’s annual fiesta celebration with the inaugural launch of the municipality’s 1st Lawig Festival 2011 in honor of their patron saint, St. Francisco Javier.

The Lawig Festival name takes its foundation from the Bisayan word, “Lawig” – meaning, “to sail on” – which its founders and organizers envision to crystalize the Palomponganon’s relentless optimism, courage and fighting spirit in facing life’s challenges and opportunities for growth.

Organized and spearheaded by the Local Government Unit of Palompon, the 1st Lawig Festival was held December 02, 2011 and saw the participation of 12 colorful contingents, all from within its municipal jurisdiction.

Dancing to the tribal beat of their respective drum and bugle corps, the festival streetdancing parade promptly started at 7:00AM and snaked its way around town ending up at the wharf area where the final showdown competition was held.

Adjudged winners were:

Champion: Taberna National High School

2nd Place: Palompon Institute of Technology

3rd Place: LGU Palompon Contingent

Congratulations to everyone for the successful holding of the 1st Lawig Festival!

Above, 3rd placer LGU Lawig contingent

2nd Place: Palompon Institute of Technology

The Champions – Taberna National High School

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