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Niyogyugan Festival 2016: Cultural Adventure

Relatively still in its infancy stage, Quezon's Niyogyugan Festival was launched only in 2012 with the aim of promoting the main agricultural product of the province which is the coconut. However, it has evolved into one of the must-experience and must-see festivals in the Philippines in only a few years. 

The name Niyogyugan came from the words niyog which is the Filipino word for coconut and yugyog which means to shake, move, or dance.
Schedule of activities
Held in and around the Quezon Capitol Compound in Lucena City every August 18-27, Niyogyugan Festival is dubbed "Quezon's Grand Festival" for it covers the 39 municipalities and 2 cities of the province. These municipalities and cities compete with each other by means of the dance, float, and booth competitions. They also have beautiful delegates competing for the title and crown of Binibining Niyogyugan.

 As for the visitors, different activities are also lined up to educated them about the coconut products of the province. They could also visit and take photos of the different booths and avail the unique products from the said booths. 
One scene during the pageant
Congrats #12 Candelaria for winning the Bb. Niyogyugan 2016

I was lucky enough to be invited by the Quezon Tourism Office to cover and experience the Niyogyugan Festival 2016 . Sadly, due to conflicts with my schedule, I missed the Karosa ng Niyog Float Competition and Sayaw ng Niyog Dance Competition.

I was lucky, on the other hand, to be able to fully cover the booths and the Bb. Niyogyugan 2016. 

Here's the complete list of booths during the Niyogyugan Festival 2016:
1 - Mauban
2 - Perez
3 - Lopez

4 - Gen. Luna
5 - Gen. Nakar
6 - Buenavista
7 - Alabat
8 - Lucena City
9 - Mulanay
10 - San Andres
11 - San Francisco
12 - Polillo

13 - Real
14 - Atimonan
15- Pitogo
16 - Padre Burgos
17 - Pagbilao

18 - Panukulan
19 - Lucban
20 - Tiaong
21 - Burdeos
22 - Calauag
23 - Catanauan
24 - Infanta
25 - Macalelon
26 - Sariaya
27 - Unisan
28 - Sampaloc
29 - Quezon
30 - Gumaca
31 - Patnanugan
32 - Dolores
33 - Jomalig
34 - Tagkawayan
35 - Plaridel
36 - Agdangan
37 - Tayabas
38 - Guinayangan
39 - San Antonio
Overall, I would surely comeback next year to see how the next Niyogyugan Festival would out do this year's festival. Congrats to Quezon province for a very memorable festival this year!

Thank you to Quezon Tourism Office for inviting me to experience the Niyogyugan Festival 2016!

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