Quezon's Niyogyugan Festival now on its 4th year
A portmanteau of the words “niyog” (coconut) and “yugyog” (to dance), the festival, which was originally conceptualized by former Rep. Aleta Suarez, showcases the province’s culture and natural bounty. This year’s two-week celebration, with the theme “Tara nasa Quezon: Niyogyugan Festival 2016” is expected to have gathered more than 200,000 visitors, with total festival sales projected to reach P12.7 million.
“Without the late President Quezon, there would be no Quezon Niyogyugan Festival to celebrate. The festival showcases our excellence and creativity,” said Governor David Suarez in his speech during the floral-offering ceremony near the monument of President Quezon. Other activities includes Bb. Niyogyugan and hands-on training on weaving, lambanog production, and coco sap and virgin coconut oil processing. A grand parade, float competition, and street dance capped the celebrations on August 27.
According to Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, the province will work with various hotels and travel agencies to include Niyogyugan in their brochures, pamphlets and other promotional materials. The lawmaker said their festival is unique being the only one to promote the coconut industry as other celebrations across the country are mostly religious and cultural.
The Niyogyugan Festival started in 2012 as a mere trade fair showcasing products derived from the coconut tree produced by local farmers. Suarez said he expects more tourists to attend in the future with the completion of the South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 Project (TR4) that will link Santo Tomas, Batangas and Lucena City, Quezon. The project, to be completed in 2019, will cut travel time between the two towns from four hours to just one hour. Best Booth Competition Winners: Catergory A 1st - infanta - P3M 2nd - Tagkawayan - P2M 3rd - Gumaca - P1M