KAMBOG ED KAPOKOKAN
THE Kambog ed Kapokokan event in Binmaley’s Sigay Festival this year attracted 78 participants and drew in a huge crowd of spectators who were amused and awed by the skills of local fishermen in catching fish and crabs with bare hands.
“When you speak about sigay, it’s about the culture and way of panghuhuli ng mga isda or marine species in our community. Actually ang main source of living ng ating mga tao… ito po ‘yon… Lahat ito ginagawa namin in honor of our fishermen,” said Judith Reyes, Municipal Accountant and the executive chairperson of last year’s festival who conceptualized and introduced the Kambog ed Kapokokan.
Held this year at the Bangsal-Cerezo fishpond in Barangay Biec last Janaury 25, Reyes said there were more participants this time and hito (catfish) has been added to last year’s catch mix of bangus (milkfish) and alama (crab).
In addition, Former Board Member Nikki Boy Reyes challenged the contestants to capture a lipeng (water snake) for an additional P500 per catch.
As part of the Binmaley culture, kambog is customarily conducted right after sigay, or fishing.
Binmaley, which is composed of 33 barangays, is known for its rich seafood varieties.
This year’s winners were Oliver Gonzales, Jhay-R Gonzales, Angelita de Guzman, Peter Quebal, Erfe Bautista, Joseph Caranga, Loreto Velasco, and Joy Garcia led this year’s Kambog winners.
Sigay is a native term which means “to harvest from the sea.” It has been conceptualized by the town’s first lady, Marissa B. Cerezo in 2011 to celebrate the town’s aquaculture industry as well as to promote the town as the “Seafood Capital of the North”.–Johanne R. Macob