For more than two centuries the belltower remains an enduring and proud icon of Dumaguete’s faith, vigilance, resilience, love for others and hope. It deserves to be given a place of honor in our celebration.

Sandurot Festival will culminate on Saturday (Sept. 22) with the Paghimamat at the Rizal Boulevard, Pasundayag in the city streets and Pasigarbo or showdown at the Quezon Park.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo expressed gratitude to the 15 contingents who will compete for highest honors deserving to be this year’s top winners of the festival that highlights human industry and creativity.

City Tourism Officer Jacqueline V. Antonio said that the competing contingents in this year’s Sandurot Festival are: Barangay Candau-ay, Barangay Cadawinonan, Barangay Looc, Poblacion 8, Poblacion 1 (Tinago), Barangay Pulantubig and Barangay Junob; schools include Negros Oriental High School, Dumaguete City High School, Asian College, Metro Dumaguete College, Taclobo High School, Junob National High School, Piapi High School and Saint Louis School Don Bosco.

This year’s festival is the biggest in terms of participation among barangays and schools.