Ten candidatesrepresented their respective villages in the search that was held at the townplaza. Libertad MayorMary Jean Te said that 12 faucets were installed for the preparation of thetown’s Banigan Festival that was supposed to start on March 13. “Banig weavingsince time immemorial had been the source of living of the people in Libertadthat is why our festival had been named after it,” Te said. Since thecountry raised Code Red (Sub-level 2) due to the COVID-19 threat, the municipalgovernment of Libertad decided to hold one event only of the Banigan Festivalon March 13. “The faucetswill remain until such time that there will be no more threat of Covid-19,” sheadded. “We had faucetsset up since last week in preparation for the influx of the spectators whowould witness the Banigan Festival,” the mayor said. “We will justhave one event tonight which is the Search for Miss Banigan Festival since thecontestants are already prepared with their gowns,” she said. SAN JOSE,Antique – The town of Libertad, Antique has created a preventive measureagainst the spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) by putting up faucetsand placing anti-bacterial soaps in the washing areas of its town hall andaround its plaza. Te added thatall the other activities of the Baningan Festival slated March 13-15 hadalready been canceled.(With a report fromPNA/PN) The gowns of thecontestants were made of the abundant raw material called banig, or palm leaves that were hand-woven. Banig is the town’s major livelihood. With theavailability of the hand washing facility, residents and guests would beencouraged to practice proper hand hygiene.