By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing
Yes, Abayan is eternal because it dwells in the hearts of men, women and children who live in the riverside of Butuan City for a hundred of years.
Abayan ( oneness for the sake of peace and safety) is the feast day celebrated on July 31 in honor of Sta. Ana, the loving lola of Jesus Christ, the patroness of all Christian communities this side of the river.
On this day, people gather at the riverbanks to hold to hold an early morning mass and have breakfast together and engage in water sports like Baroto race, as part of thanksgiving, interaction and leisure.
River floats (fluvial parade) decked with colors come to life in testament of the creative spirit of the happy and religious folks bath in the sun.
Led by the Knights of Columbus in partnership with the city government and supported by national agencies like Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Philippine National Police and the private sectors, the celebration marked the atmosphere of camaraderie, honor and respect to humankind and environment.
Such a blissful Sunday morning. A perfect day for all.
Photos courtesy of Butuan City Tourism Office