Oton Katagman Festival 2012

Katagman Festival is a yearly celebration every 1st week of May in Oton, Iloilo. The festival celebrates the ancient Ilonggo culture as Katagmans. Merrymakers in the Katagman Festival dance to the beat of traditional instruments adorned with golden eye and nose piece or death-mask, a replica of the golden mask dug in Oton in 1973.

Katagman Festival 2012

KATAGMAN FESTIVAL has evolved from a local event centered on a particular community into something approaching a provincial celebration, representing the identity of Oton as a whole. The gold mask is the official symbol of the Katagman Festival, representing Oton’s rich historical & cultural heritage. The mask is a gold nose-disc and eye mask that covers the facial orifices of the dead. It was the burial custom of the Southern Chinese and was practiced by a limited group of Filipinos that persisted through the Spanish Era. The original mask, dating from the late 14th or early 15th century A.D., was retrieved from an open grave in Brgy. San Antonio, Oton, Iloilo.

The mask is part of the ancient burial custom and was used to ward off and protect the deceased from evil spirits and for guidance in the afterlife.

Oton Katagman Festival

The festival is celebrated with a theatrical dance competition as the highlight followed with minor events such as garden show, porma-balas, and motor boat race among others.

Katagman Festival 2012

440th Foundation Day Celebration

Theme: “ Ogtong Padulong sa Kauswagan, Kasaysayan Aton Tipigan”

Schedule of Activities





April 28(Saturday) MassParade


Blessing of New Public Market

Opening of Agri-Fair, Garden Show & Plant Sale/One-Barangay-One Product

Search for Hiyas sang Katagman


Take off of Fishing Tournament

Lampirong Diving Contest

6:30 am7:30 am

8:30 am

9:30 am

11:00 am

6:00 pm



7:00 am

7:00 am

Parish ChurchPoblacion Area

Oton Plaza


Oton Plaza

Oton Plaza






April 29(Sunday) Porma BarasMotorboat Race/ Baroto Race

Awarding of Fishing Tournament

Lampirong Shelling and Eating Contest

Search for Ginoong Erpat and Ginang Ermat

8:00 am8:00 am

8:00 am

8:00 am

6:00 pm




Oton Plaza


April 30(Monday) Borador sa KatagmanAwarding of Outstanding Ogtonganons and Young Achievers

SKFM presents “The Third World” Dancesports Competition

7:30 am7:00 pm

8:30 pm

Brgy. TrapicheOton Plaza

Oton Plaza


May 1(Tuesday) Fun RunOn-the-Spot Painting Contest 5:30 am8:00 am Oton PlazaHeritage Lagoon


May 2(Wednesday) Laro ng LahiFITS Day 8:00 am8:00 am Annex A GroundsAnnex B Grounds


May 3(Thursday) Unveiling of Past and Present Municipal Council Secretaries440thFoundation Day Mass

Street Dancing Competition

Music, Dance & Theater Competition

8:30 am2:00 pm

4:00 pm

6:00 pm

Heritage LagoonParish Church

Oton Plaza

Oton Plaza


 For those who would like to visit Oton and witness the Katagman Festival, here is an info on how to get there.


Oton is 10.2 kilometers Iloilo City. You can take a jeepney at Molo, Iloilo bound for Oton, travel time is 10-15 minutes. The fare is Php 12.00.

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