Every 1st week of May
Municipality of Oton
1st District, Iloilo
The oldest municipality in Panay, Oton annually celebrate its rich and historical and cultural heritage through its Katagman Festival. The celebration is an exciting showcase of the town’s rich history.
The individual performances of assigned excerpts are energetic piece of dance theatre inspired by historic periods in Oton that showcases clashes with Muslim pirates, Spanish authorities and the anti-religious sects. The performance is aimed to be informative.
Drawing on historical accounts, key images takes its audience on a historical journey, reminding us of the harsh realities that the Ogtonganons faced in the past. The presentations use symbolic movements, patterns and a body language to build up an intense portrait of repression and success and tell its story.
The festival icon is the golden death mask included amongst the 15 Most Intense Archaeological Discoveries in Philippine History. Considered to be a National Cultural Treasure, the mask was discovered in the 1960s by Alfredo Evangelista and F. Landa Jocano in a grave site in Barangay San Antonio, Oton.
The mask consists of a gold nose-disc and eye-mask is said to have been dated sometime in the late 14th to the early 15th century A.D. Around that time, the town of Oton was a popular trade route. The golden death mask was known to be the first of its kind recovered in the Philippines. It served as an amulet against evil spirits and was used to cover the face of the dead, an ancient Chinese burial practice common especially among southern Chinese.
Cecile’s Catering and Pension House, Barangay Buray, Oton. With 14 A/C rooms. With A/C function hall, mini souvenir shop, Wi-Fi / internet connection, cable TV, hot and cold shower, back-up generator.
For more information, please contact Mitchelle Cofreros at (033) 3333015.
Adhara Resort, J.C. Zulueta Street, Poblacion South, Oton,. Beachfront resort with 4 A/C Standard rooms, 8 A/C Deluxe rooms, 12 A/C rooms. Has kiddie and adult pools, mini conference hall, restaurant, airport transfers, wifi/ internet connection, hot and cold shower, cable TV, back-up generator, 24-hour security.
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Sheridan Boutique Resort, Barangay Buray, Oton. With 7 A/C rooms for 2 pax each, 2 A/C Deluxe rooms for 2 pax, 1 A/C Suite room for 2 pax. Has infinity pool, restaurant, A/C function room, mini convention hall. Kayak, fishing. Airport transfers, wifi/ internet connection, cable TV, 24-hour security.
For more information, please contact Rhegene Guilao at (033) 3960033 or email at frontoffice@sheridanboutiqueresort.
Nang Palang’s Buko pie is Oton’s pride and is a well-known pasalubong for tourists when in the area.
Started in 1972 by Mrs. Elena Tingson, the pie has become a favorite of many Ilonggos. It has become synonymous not only to Oton but to Iloilo. Ninety percent of their sales daily come from selling buko pie which they can dispose a number of 300 boxes daily.
There are also variations of the pie, which are similar but use slightly different ingredients, such as buko-pandan, egg, mango, pineapple, buko-langka, buko-pina, ube and chicken. They use only the freshest ingredients, which is why their pies differ from any other available in the market, as it is thick and sticky. They also sell bibingka, cassava cake and processed food as well.
For orders and for a quick tour at their processing area, please contact Mrs. Elena Tingson at (033) 3360954 or 09398046202.