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PIA Press Release
2007/10/10

Antique hosts first Karay-a Arts Festival

San Jose, Antique (10 October) -- Sta. Barbara's award-winning Tribu Kahilwayan is the featured performer when the first Karay-a Arts Festival opens at the EBJ Freedom Park, San Jose, Antique on October 26.

Tribu Kahilwayan, which has earned fame in the annual Aliwan Festival, is among the many attractions that the three-day festival offers. Other activities are a ceramics exhibit by Leon-based artist Alan Cabalfin, an adobo cookfest, the USA Little Theater, a dance-drama competition, folk games Olympics, and capped by the performance of Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan awardee Federico Caballero of Calinog.

There are also crafts demonstrations, street markets, and bands. The festival aims to promote Karay-a as a major cultural stream not only in the region but also in the whole country. It is open not only to Antique but to all other Karay-a towns in Iloilo, Capiz, and even North Cotabato.

Festival director Alex Delos Santos of Binirayan Foundation says the Karay-a artsfest is a feast for the senses in celebration of the creative spirit that keeps the Karay-a culture alive. It is a festival of folk arts and crafts, murals and paintings, performances and poetry readings, launchings, bazaars, and al fresco dining and cafes offering Karay-a culinary delights.

The First Karay-a Festival is sponsored by the provincial government of Antique, Binirayan Foundation, Inc., San Miguel Beer, San Miguel Foods, Coca Cola, www.kinaray-a.com and The Daily Guardian. For inquiries call 036-5407343 or email birayfest@yahoo.com.ph. (BFI/PIA) [top]

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