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Prepared for the Summer Festival on Higatangan Island in Biliran

The two-day summer celebration will return this week to the island community of Higatangan near Naval Town, Biliran.

According to Mayor Gretchen Espina, who stayed on the island over the weekend to personally oversee the planning for the return of the Higatangan Island Summer Festival on April 29 to May 1, 2023, the event was organized by the local government of Naval with the goal of boosting local tourism.

“After how many years of the epidemic, we are really eager to welcome a large number of visitors to promote tourism. In an interview on Wednesday, Espina stated, “We will once more conduct this festival to improve not only Naval’s tourism but also the entire province of Biliran.

Espina reported meeting local business owners on the island during her three-day visit over the weekend who had either returned from Metro Manila or were on vacation abroad.

Due to restrictions imposed by the epidemic, many hotels and resorts have been forced to cease operations for almost three years. We anticipate that this festival will help boost tourism once again, allowing companies to make up for their losses with the assistance of festival-goers, Espina continued.

A variety of events and competitions were planned by the municipal government, including a beach music festival, volleyball, a kite and mountain bike race, a boat and kayak race, a shore casting competition, a fire dance, and a bikini contest.

In addition, visitors can hire kayaks and flamingo rafts, attempt henna or permanent tattoos, unwind at the health center, shop for souvenirs, watch mat weavers at work, take advantage of the shifting sandbar, go cliff diving, manta towing, or go diving at the Capilla del Mar.

The name of the island, “atangan,” which means to wait for, comes from the term “atangan,” which means closer to the Calubian town in the Leyte province. The island is still a part of Naval Town.

The island is renowned for its long, 200-meter-long sandbar, which moves to the right during the rainy season of habagat (the southeast monsoon) and to the left during the summer season of amihan (the northeast monsoon).

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