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Banatu Festival 2017

It's the time of the year again as Cabanatuan City celebrates its annual festivity dubbed as BANATU FESTIVAL.

If you're heading to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija, catch these exciting events happening from January 27 to February 3:

The “Banatu Festival,” takes its name from “banatu” which means “vine.” Vergara said the word binds CabanatueƱos like a sturdy vine in their pursuit to progress and prosperity.

“There are three versions from which the name of Cabanatuan came up. First part is the “banatu” vine (and the second is) “batuhan” (which refers to) its vast sand and gravel quarries,” said Vergara. “The closest version is that of “Kaban ng Tuan,” he said. “Tuan,” the mayor explained, is a Malay term denoting royalty such as datu, rajah, the present equivalent of governor, mayor, kapitan ng barangay. “Kaban,” on the other hand, is a reference to the place being rich in agriculture.

Cabanatuan was first only barrio of Gapan until it was converted into a municipality in 1777. It became a chartered city on Feb. 3, 1950, by virtue of Republic Act 526.

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