The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the Provincial Government of Bohol’s efforts in staging this year’s Ubi Festival amid the “new normal.”
The month-long fest, which kicked off on Jan. 25 and will run until Feb. 24, celebrates the province’s love for ubi (also called ube) or purple yam. Bohol is the largest producer of ubi in the country.
The root crop was revered as a “savior crop” as its discovery led to the alleviation of hunger in the province during pre-Hispanic times. It has become a staple food for Boholanos because of its taste, long shelf-life, and versatility.
This year’s theme, “Pagpananum ug Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom Na Dala Sa Covid-19 Nabatukan,” aims to celebrate the root crop that has become an agro-historical-geographical-religious symbol for the province, and highlight the impact and contributions of ubi farmers.
As part of the festival, a showcase of ubi products like ube jams and ube-based bibingka, ice cream, and bread are displayed at the Old City Airport in Tagbilaran City. The venue strictly implements health and safety protocols. Other cultural activities, exhibits, and seminars are also held to honor the root crop this month.
Do-it-yourself travels are currently not allowed in Bohol. Before planning a visit, travelers must have a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before their arrival, pre-booked accommodations at a DOT/LGU-accredited establishment, travel itinerary, and registration in the Province of Bohol website (tourism.bohol.gov.ph) for the issuance of personal QR codes that will serve as electronic IDs.
Tourists coming from Metro Manila are encouraged to apply for the subsidized RT-PCR test at the UP-Philippine General or Philippine Children’s Medical Center priced at P900 and P750, respectively. To avail of the 50 percent discount from either of the two medical institutions, go to www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel. As of Feb 2, Bohol allows the use of saliva RT-PCR tests in place of nasal and throat swabs.