The town of Opol in Misamis Oriental recently held its annual Ostrich Festival. The unique festival is attributed to the Limketkai-owned Philippine Ostrich and Crocodile Farms, Inc. located at Barangay Malanang which pioneered ostrich farming industry in the Philippines in 1996 (LINK). The farm is open daily and is a popular tourist destination for all ages.

The Ostrich Festival also coincided with the town’s annual fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Consolation on September 7.

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photo by Jane Kent Acosta

Opol’s colorful Ostrich Festival is unique in the country because ostriches are not endemic in the Philippines. Moreso, booths and street dancing competitions are patterned after the ostrich and its relatively large egg.

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photo by Verne Vacalares

Shown below are Opol town officials led by Mayor Max Seno cutting the ribbon which formally opened the festival last August 26.

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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol

Opol beauties on board 2Go’s float.

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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol

…and the street dancing.

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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol
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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol
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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol
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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol
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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol
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photo by Sangguniang Bayan of Opol

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