Cotabato Kuyog Festival wows thousands of guests
Cotabato City (4 April) -- The four-day Cultural Festival in Cotabato City has earned countless praises and accolades on how its was successfully celebrated, the first ever to be attended by thousands of guests and visitors from Manila and from all over the cities and towns of the Autonomous Region and Region XII.
Dubbed as "Kuyog Tanu sa ARMM and Region XII", the cultural festival has clearly projected the two regions as "the new destination for tourists and investors," and putting them into the country's tourism map.
Tourism Director Suhora T. Dimaampao who worked closely with the office of ARMM Governr datu Zaldy Ampatuan and the City's Tourism Council chaired by City First Lady Bai Sandra Sema have substantially put into motion all the preparations to succeed.
Bai Sandra, who prides the city as a seat of culture and the famous People's Palace (new City Hall), the city has now earned its worth as tourist destination given the rich cultural interests and opportunities for investments.
On the other hand, the City Information Center of the Philippine Information Agency in Cotabato City covered the events and considered it as grandest cultural affair ever held in the city.
Highlighting the festivity is the Kuyog Festival Street Dancing Competition participated in by seven street dancing contingents from ARMM and Central Mindanao regions.
Dancing to the beat of indigenous sounds, the competing groups wearing indigenous costumes showed their prowess as they dance through the main street towards the Cotabato City State Polytechnic grounds.
In a stiff competition, the Kalilangan Dance Troupe of General Santos City bested other groups and coveted the championship trophy with P100,000 cash bonus.
The Meningote Cultural Dance Troupe of South Upi, Maguindanao proudly got the second place with P50,000 cash incentive and the equally popular Sambolayang Dance Troupe from Sultan Kudarat, Sharif Kabunsuan province landed on the third slot with P30,000 cash prize.
All other participating groups who showed impressive performance were given P7,500 cash.
Impressed by the success of the Festival, the City Government hopes to replicate the mood in the coming Araw ng Kutabato in June this year. (CL Cadorna/PIA 12) [top]