The Tagbo Festival in Poro also commemorates the foundation of the town. The term “tagbo” is a Visayan word that means “to meet or to converge.” It celebrates the time when Poro was recognized as the first town on the island of Poro in 1780. The story behind the “tagbo” revolves around the meeting of two tribes, the farmers who came from sitio Tag-anito and the fishermen from sitio Mactang. Sitio Tag-anito is now the town of Tudela while sitio Mactang is now one of the barangays of Poro, Barangay Esperanza.
The Tagbo Festival features street dancing and ritual competitions. The contingents participating in these events are clustered to reduce expenses. It also encourages unity among residents of a particular cluster. The Tagbo Festival was initiated to allow residents to relive their rich history since it highlights the events leading to the foundation of Poro. The festival also shows visitors the cultural heritage and spiritual values of the residents. Preparations for the festival start months before the actual event. Residents make sure everything is ready for the biggest festival of the town of Poro to ensure everything goes smoothly.