Tiwi, Albay 15-17 August 2007 or every third week of August
Known not only because of the
Geothermal Power, Tiwi is famous originally because of the "Coron" or
pottery products that are shaped in different forms and sizes either in
round or hexagonal shapes.
This traditional industry can
be traced back in the early part of the seventeenth century when the
sticky clay dug at the hilly place near the sea named bolo was discovered
to have a useful way when the early settlers formed them in different
shapes which they used for cooking, eating or drinking.
Not ceasing to this discovery,
it soon became a big and productive livelihood for the people in the years
to come, spreading them commercially to other towns and regions.
"Coron" is a Bicol dialect meaning claypot or pottery which the town of
Tiwi is known for. Thus, the festival's main feature is the pottery
industry which is passed from parents to children and perfected through
long years of practice without the benefit of formal training.
showcase of events highlighted by a street presentation participated in
by the town’s different public/private schools and sectors gives a week
of fun and merriment to visitors and locals. The religious package of
devotion and prayer in honor of Albay’s patroness, Nuestra Señora de
Salvacion (Our Lady of Salvation), is the peak event of the festival,
colorfully drawing thousands of devotees and religious groups through a
long maritime procession of different local sea vessels on the sea
spray of the serene Pacific ocean going to the quiet barangay of
Joroan, the home of the miraculous image.