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Guraman and Malaga Festival in Buguey Continues to Shine Amidst Typhoon, Showcasing Resilience and Unity

In the face of adversity, the resilient spirit of Buguey prevails as the municipality bravely forges ahead with its annual celebration of the Guraman and Malaga Festival. Despite the recent typhoons impact on the region, the festivity will still take place, albeit with necessary adjustments and postponements to ensure the safety and well- being of all participants and attendees. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Buguey, together with its determined community, is dedicated to carrying on the cherished traditions of the Guraman and Malaga Festival, a true testament to the town’s unwavering spirit.

The Guraman and Malaga Festival, which is scheduled annually in July, is a significant occasion for the people of Buguey as it pays homage to their deep-rooted fishing heritage and abundant marine resources. It is a time when locals and visitors come together to revel in the delectable flavors of guraman and malaga and partake in various cultural and culinary festivities.

Due to the recent typhoon’s impact, the LGU has decided to postpone some of the festival’s activities to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved. While some events may be rescheduled to later dates, the essence and spirit of the Guraman and Malaga Festival remain undeterred, and the celebration will still be a joyous occasion for all.

The highlight of this year’s Guraman and Malaga Festival is the momentous “Longest Grilling of Malaga” which is set to take place on July 28. Despite the challenges posedby the typhoon, Buguey’s grilling enthusiasts and the LGU are resolute in breaking culinary records and showcasing their culinary prowess to the world.

In addition to the Guraman and Malaga Festival, Buguey proudly celebrates two more vibrant festivals that have become part of the town’s cultural fabric. The Mud Crab Festival, held every October, exalts the prized mud crab, while the Lechon Festival, celebrated every April, showcases the mastery of lechoneros in crafting the perfect roast pig. These festivals are a reflection of Buguey’s rich culinary heritage and the
close connection between its people and the bountiful land and sea that sustain them. In a show of solidarity and support, the Department of Tourism Region 2 (DOT Region 2) joined the festivities, adding their touch of excitement with the “Search for Mister Buguey Malaga” which took place on July 24, 2023

The LGU Buguey welcomes locals and visitors alike to be part of the Guraman and Malaga Festival, which now, more than ever, represents a celebration of strength and togetherness. The postponed events will be announced through official channels, ensuring everyone can participate in a safe and enjoyable manner.

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