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Kasadya streetdancing highlights "Diyandi Festival sa Iligan 2010"

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (15 September) -- More exciting and colorful Kasadya 2010 awaits lligan's biggest cultural event of the year.

The Kasadya Streetdancing and Merrymaking Festival has become a major tourist attraction of lligan drawing both local and international crowds in the street parade and in the showdown proper at the Anahaw amphitheatre, city hall heights, every 27th September.

We have sent invitations to contingents from Cebu, Butuan, Zamboanga, Siquijor, Bukidnon, Midsayap, Pagadian and Ozamis to join the contest, said Ritche C. Rubio, over-all project chairman, KASADYA 2010.

The Festival's two (2) main features include:

First, the Open Invitational Category which is designed to make lligan the center of Street Dancing Competition in Northern and Western Mindanao.

This is showcasing various tribal dances with the incorporation of the battle between San Miguel and Lucifer with Eskrima as the highlight.

The Eskrima is a war dance among the Maranaos but has been adopted by the Iliganons to offer thanksgiving to Saint Michael the Archangel.

The contest is open to all schools, industries, barangays, establishments and groups in lligan City and from the neighboring cities in Mindanao and Visayas.

Chanting to the words "Viva Senor San Miguel," Kasadya" and the like during the performance is incorporated in their presentation.

Second, the Higantes San Miguel Agta Agta Contest, a challenge to creativity using materials such as newspapers and other recycled materials to create a giant San Miguel and a giant Agta.

Participants are encouraged to create historical characters relevant to KASADYA as Higantes figures.

Higantes San Miguel/Agta Agta figures must be suitable for family entertainment.

The Higantes Paper Mache Contest is open to all groups, individuals, organizations inside and outside Iligan.

Contest prizes for the street dancing presentation will get cash of P200,000.00 plus a trophy, P150,000.00 plus a trophy, P100,000.00 plus a trophy, for the champion, 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up, respectively. A consolation cash prize of P20,000.00 each for the non-winning group shall be given away.

The group garnering the Best in San Miguel Attire and Best in Colorful Costume will have a cash prize of P5,000.00 each.

While the Higantes Contest prizes at stake will receive each winner a cash of P25,000.00 plus trophy for Best Higantes San Miguel and Best Higantes Agta Agta, respectively. A consolation cash prize of P2,000.00 will be given away to non-winning group.

This is the time when practically the major streets of lligan are jampacked with people who wanted to celebrate fiesta and enjoy merrymaking.

Rubio said that the Junior Chamber International-lligan, Inc. (JCI), being the proponent to this annual event, has contributed to making this Festival known here in our country and abroad, showing the cultural diversity of our place. (PIA LDN) [top]

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