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Talaba feast kicks off Kisi-Kisi fest

Ilog town in Negros Occidental Saturday kicked off its 17th Kisi-Kisi Festival with a Talaba Festival that saw a table more than a hundred-meter long loaded with its famous succulent oysters served to residents and tourists for free.

“We served oysters equivalent to the load of two dumptrucks. This is an annual event to showcase what Ilog has to offer,” Mayor Genaro Rafael Alvarez III said yesterday.

He said Ilog offers the best talaba because they grow in unpolluted waters and are very juicy and tasty.

The practice of serving free talaba during the annual Kisi-Kisi Festival started during the term of his brother, Mayor Paul Alvarez, he said.

The Kisi-Kisi Festival will be capped on Wednesday with a Fluvial Parade at 9:30 a.m. at Ilog River, Maragtas sg Sinulog sa Ilog at 11 a.m., Kisi-Kisi Street Dancing Competition at 1:30 pm at the Poblacion main streets, Fireworks Display and a Music Fest at 7p.m.

Celebrities Kaye Abad and Ella Cruz will also perform at the Ilog Covered Court at 8 pm. on Wednesday.

Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) said she is happy that the Ralaba Festival is putting Ilog on the map and is getting to be known worldwide for its one-of-a-kind offering.

Aside from the seafood that attract tourists to Ilog, she said the Ilog local government is working on developing another tourist attraction, the Andulauan Bird Sanctuary which is home to migratory birds.*CPG

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