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The Kasubaan Festival

Kasuba-an Festival is derived from the Tagon-on word “Suba” which means river. Tago is abundantly blessed with one of the famous, longest, and biggest rivers in the Province of Surigao del Sur, Tago River.

Historically and even up to the present, Tago river and its tributaries play a vital role in the lives of every Tagon-on. It is the only link that connects the municipality from the different barangays including its daughter municipalities: Cagwait, Bayabas, and San Miguel. The only means of transportation is via gakit, pump boat, and motorboat. Also, trading are usually done at the different buying stations owned by Chinese traders located along the riverbanks of Tago.

The waters of Tago River is abundant in marine products such as shrimps, crabs, and different species of fresh and brackish water fishes. Aside from these products, nipa also grows abundantly among the swampy areas of the river which is also the source of products Tago is known for like Nipa shringles, suka, tuba, and pauroy also known as Tago rum.

The construction of the diversion Dam of Tago River Irrigation Project which is located at Sagbayan, San Miguel Surigao del Sur has irrigated vast tracks of fertile rice land in the Municipalities of Tago and San Miguel. Thereby, elevating the economic condition of the people along the valley.

These God-given resources are truly a blessing not only to Tagon-ons but also to its neighboring towns. Its significant contribution to the culture, history, and economic condition of the residents of Tago is very remarkable. It is through this that the festival of Tago is being conceptualized and named after the word “Suba” for since time immemorial Tago River has been the lifeblood of every Tagon-ons. Ordinance No. RP04 series of 2018 duly approved by the Municipal Mayors on March 30, 2018 officially adapted KASUBA-AN as the official name of the festival of Tago.

Kasuba-an Festival was launched on May 8, 2018 and this becomes a yearly celebration of Tago.