Lemery is a first-class municipality in Batangas province. It is known as a coastal municipality for its beautiful beaches, which offer calm, affordability, and convenience. More importantly, fishing contributes to the local economy, with 13 barangays located along the shore. This gave birth to the popular event called Sigpawan Festival in Batangas to promote its agro-tourism.
To recognize the bounty of its natural resources, the event’s founders aim to encourage the spirit of thanksgiving amongst the local people. The Lemery Batangas Development Foundation Inc. and the Municipal Tourism Council are organizing and coordinating the event.
What is the Sigpawan Festival?
Sigpaw refers to a small net with a handle that fishers use to scoop fish, catch shrimp, and small fry around the town’s shorelines. Sigpawan Festival in Batangas has been held since 2007 and continues to this day.
The Fluvial parade along the town’s coastal districts is the climax of the celebration, which takes place on Easter Sunday. The event celebrates Lemery’s rich culture and natural resources with stalls showing various agricultural products, native cuisines, and the town’s famous Sinaing na Tulingan.
What are the events during Sigpawan Festival?
Starting with a thanksgiving liturgy in honor of San Roque, the town’s patron saint, followed by a march from the church to the festivities. Meanwhile, the young artists of Lemery are competing in a wall painting contest at the town’s primary school.
Following that, there are live band performances and awards ceremonies. Other promoted historical landmarks in Lemery include the Taal Volcano, Taal Basilica, Fantasy World, and the Pansipit River, famous for its maliputo fish.
The Sigpawan Festival’s events are expected to attract both local tourists and traders. Attending this momentous event will provide you with the best sense of Lemery’s rich culture, as well as the pride and caring of their hard-working and talented citizens.