The 2nd Batobalani Festival of Bato, Leyte was deemed successful with the participation of seven festivals from different municipalities of Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Just like Ati-Atihan, Batobalani Festival is being conducted as a tribute to Senor Sto. Nino who is also the Patron of Bato, Leyte.
This year’s participants to the Batobalani Free Interpretation Dance Competition, include the Tribu Indang from Hindang, Leyte; Karatong of Dulag, Leyte; Tribu ni Nanay of Ormoc City; Baybayanon of Baybay City; Tribu Malitboganon of Malitbog, Leyte; Karatong sa Kabukiran of Bontoc, Southern Leyte and Pasaka of Tanauan, Leyte.
The Karatong of Dulag, Leyte won the first prize of P70,000. The Pasaka of Tanauan got the second place with a cash prize of P50,000. The Tribu Malitboganon won the third place and the cash prize of P30,000.00.
The Festival organizers aims to develop the Batobalani Festival into a better and bigger festival in the years to come.