The 11th Oktubafest organized by the An Waray party-list will again take center stage on Oct. 18 as part of the 75th Leyte Gulf Landings commemoration.

The annual event will be held at the Leyte Academic Center, giving people in coconut wine production a venue to promote their products.

Oktubafest, the local version of German beer fiesta known as the Oktoberfest, is an annual event that showcases food products made out of tuba or coconut wine, a popular local wine in the Visayas that comes from the sap of the coconut palm.

“Bearing the theme One Eastern Visayas, the festival aims to uplift the tuba industry and tuba wine enthusiasm so that it continually receives its well-deserved national accolades,” An Waray party-list said in a statement Wednesday.

Highlighting the event are various competitions like the on-the-spot Kawit painting contest illustrating heroism of World War II veterans.

Kawit is made of bamboo pole that is used by tuba harvesters. It is attached to the shoulders by a wooden hook and serves as a container of the freshly harvested juice.

Winners of the competition will receive PHP5,000 for the first prize, PHP3,000 for the second prize and PHP2,000 for the third prize.

Another category is the Siday (poem) contest where participants must compose an original free-verse or rhyme poem with the theme “Tuba ngan mga Hugot ha Gugma” (tuba and genuine love) and deliver it in local dialect for three minutes.

Winners will also receive PHP5,000 for the first prize, PHP3,000 for the second prize and PHP2,000 for the third prize.

The Tuba Cook-off challenge, which highlights tuba as the main ingredients of the dish, is divided into two categories– professional and amateur.

Winners in the cooking contest will receive PHP20,000 for first prize, PHP15,000 for second prize, and PHP10,000 for third prize.

For the best bahal (old tuba) and bahalina (aged tuba) categories, the competition is open to mananguete (tuba gatherers) endorsed by the local government units to represent their town or city.

Cash rewards at stake are PHP20,000 and PHP1.5 million worth of projects for the first prize, PHP15,000 for the second place and PHP10,000 for the third place.

First launched in 2008 Oktubafest is a brainchild of An Waray party-list Rep. Florencio Noel as part of the continuing efforts to promote the coconut industry in Eastern Visayas. (PNA)