Blessed with numerous natural springs, the municipality of Tuburan has started to attract the attention of local and foreign visitors. The name of the town itself is based on the Cebuano word for spring, “tubod.” Due to the abundance of natural springs in the area, it is also all but appropriate for the town to call its annual fiesta the “Tubod Festival.”
The Tubod Festival is held every 13th day of the month of June. Aside from showing their gratitude for the natural blessings bestowed on the town, the annual festival is also celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the town, St. Anthony de Padua. The festival is one of the most-anticipated events in the town among Tuboranons.
Similar to other festivals in the different towns in the island of Cebu, a number of events and activities come before the main festival itself. These events and activities include live band presentations, discos, and a “peryahan” or a town fair. The town also holds a beauty pageant where the winner is crowned on the night before the main festival.
The main festival features a competition participated in by different school-based contingents. Since the participants in the competition are students, they normally have around two months to prepare. Despite the short period for preparation, they typically give their best performance to the delight of residents and visitors alike.
Festivals in the country are typically open to all visitors to witness. In fact, some residents may even welcome visitors into their homes for lunch. And the main dish during these events is typically the lechon. The town of Tuburan is no different since it is one way for the residents to show their gratitude for all the blessings they received throughout the year.
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