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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012


News Feature: Colorful “Kasadyahan” to display region’s different festivals

by TWVillavert

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) -- This year’s Kasadyahan Festival, an event prior to the riotous Ati-ati competition of the Dinagyang festival, will open with a big bang.

Literally, there will be a “cannon blast” as part of the presentation of one participant to the Kasadyahan Festival on January 21. There will nine participants showcasing cultural and religious traditions of Western Visayas.

This was the gist of the discussion of Kasadyahan committee chair Dr. Eden Deriada of the Department of Education, Region 6, during the PIA-Cable Television program.

She encouraged everyone not to miss this year’s event which promises color, fun and entertainment.

“The event does not only entertain but it likewise educate the spectators of the Ilonggos’ history and culture,” Deriada said.

The Kasadyahan’s color on the other hand is highlighted by the participating groups’ props, floats, music, dance, and costumes made from indigenous materials.

For the cannon’s blast during one of the Kasadyahan performance, Deriada assured that certain measures will be adopted to ensure safety.

The Kasadyahan’s nine official competing entries are Sigabong sang mga Kanyon of Bago City, Negros Occidental; Mandaragat Tribe of San Jose, Antique; Hugyaw Kansilay of Silay City, Negros Occidental; Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University; Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz; Salakayan Festival of Miagao, Iloilo; Palayag of Buenavista, Guimaras; Panguyang Festival of Tibiao, Antique; and Hubon Sinulog sang Oracon of Sibunag, Guimaras.

The Non-competing groups are Kahilwayan Festival of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo; Masskara of Bacolod City; Hugyaw Arts and Dance Co. of St. Therese MTC Colleges, Iloilo City; and Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Aklan.

The Freedom Grandstand will serve as the judging area number one; judging area two is at the Provincial Capitol grounds; third judging area at Huervana, La Paz, and the final judging area is at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

The same route will also be used during the Dinagyang Ati-ati competition on Sunday.

Other events on January 21 will include Mass for Kasadyahan Dancers at San Parish, Iloilo City at 7:00 A.M.; Dinagyang National Taekwondo Tournament-Mayor Jed Mabilog Cup; Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competion in four judging areas; 7:30 A.M.- 3rd Iloilo Dinagyang Cheerleading Competition at Iloilo Sports Complex; 2:00 P.M.- Sponsors Mardi Gras, Parade from Freedom Grandstand; 4:00 P.M.- Kapamilya Caravan, SM City Parking Lot; 5:00 P.M.- Dinagyang Charity Basketball with the Stars at the University of San Agustin Gym; 7:00 P.M.- Religious Sadsad at San Jose Parish; Mayor’s Reception.

Dinagyang festival, set January 20-22 this year, evolved from the veneration of Sto. Nino in 1968 when Fr. Sulpicio Ebderes, OSA brought a replica of the image of Sr. Santo Niño to the San Jose Parish Church in Iloilo City, until the street dancing and Ati-ati and Mardi-gras competions have been infused to make a distinction from other festivals in the country.

From then on, the streets of Iloilo are filled with merrymakers and revelers, as the Ilonggos celebrate the annual festivity which is preceded by a nine-day novena to Sto. Nino highlighted by a fluvial procession on Friday, and will be culminated with the Kasadyahan and Ati-ati competitions on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The festival’s theme this year is “Beyond Awards: A Culture of Excellence”.

The Dinagyang Festival was voted best tourism event by the Association of Tourism Officers in year 2006, 2007 and 2008 and installed in the hall of fame.

City Tourism Ben Jimena said as he recalled that Dinagyang festival is the first festival in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, and cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector and NGO cooperation.(JCM/TWV/PIA6-Iloilo)

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