The picturesque town of Quinapondan in Eastern Samar came alive on September 10, 2023, as residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the annual town fiesta in honor of the patron saint, St. Nicholas De Tolentino. A fellow religious described St. Nicholas ministry in these words: “He was a joy to those who were sad, a consolation to the suffering, peace to those at variance, refreshment to those who toiled, support for the poor and a healing balm of prisoners”.
Quinapondan Town Fiesta is celebrated every 10th day of September each year. This year, the Municipality of Quinapondan celebrated its annual town fiesta with high esteem and joyful thanksgiving for all nature’s bounty that they have received for the whole year. The major source of livelihood of the people in Quinapondan is agriculture – rice farming and crop production. As a matter of fact, Quinapondan is located in the center of a vast ricefield. Its municipal waters is also abundant in fish. The locals are welcoming to visitors and are ready to share their blessings with high hopes that they will receive more blessings for the succeding year thru the intercession of their patron Saint.
The day was marked with a series of lively events that showcased the rich cultural heritage and vibrant traditions of the community. It started with a mass attended by both locals and visitors here and abroad followed by the traditional serving of sumptuous lunch after the mass. Children were enjoying the smoothies and cold drinks sold by transient food vendors. Colored balloons can be seen everywhere chased by toddlers while parents run after them.
This year is so special because most of the crowd gathered around the fountain in the public park. The locals are fascinated with the colorful fountain – especially during at night – and would take a picture as a souvenir. The Public Park was launched on September 7 during the LGU Cultural Night Presentation.