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Torotot Festival makes a comeback

December 31, 2018 - Monday 6:12 PM by Ayan Mellejor

Article Banner Image SAFE NOISEMAKERS. A vendor displays colorful ‘torotot’ outside CIty Hall. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY – Dabawenyos are again welcoming the New Year with the Torotot Festival tonight at the Rizal Park.

The city government, in partnership with Phoenix Petroleum, is bringing back the Torotot Festival  to usher in the New Year.

The Torotot Festival was cancelled last year along with other holiday activities because of the calamities that hit the city just two days before Christmas Day.

Aside from making noise without fireworks, the Torotot Festival also highlights the creativity of the Dabawenyos in dressing up their horns.


“It is really better for Dabawenyos  to celebrate Christmas and New Year without burning money,” Mayor Sara Duterte said in a statement.

The mayor said she again expects no injuries during the New Year celebration.

During the recent Christmas celebration, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reported zero injuries or fire incidents related to firecracker explosions.

The mayor credited the successful implementation of the anti-firecracker ordinance to the government’s vigorous campaign and law enforcement as well as the Dabawenyos’ strict adherence to the law.

“The ‘do not burn your money’ campaign is one of the strategies adopted by the authorities,” she said, adding that money is best spent on food and other needs.


Big prizes at stake

City Information Officer Jefry Tupas said the Torotot Festival will have a contest in three categories: the Giant Torotot Competition, Torotot-Inspired Costume Contest, and Torotot Dance Tournament.

Tupas said big prizes are at stake: P50,000 for first place, P20,000 for second place, P10,000 for third place, and P5,000 in consolation prizes.

Firecrackers and pyrotechnics have been banned in Davao City since 2001. The Torotot Festival was introduced as a way for the people to make noise and celebrate the New Year.

City administrator Zuleika Lopez said merry-making can be done in many ways.

“The best way to spend New Year is to be with your family and do things in a way that will not cost you your life or your property,” she said.

“Let’s welcome the new year by making noise, any noise, like using torotot, clanging of bells, cymbals, honking car horns, all ways that would not harm you or anyone,” she added.