Feature: Sharing Capiznon way of life
Roxas City (18 November) -- Sharing as a way of life for Capiznons once again takes center stage as the province and city jointly hold the Sinadya sa Halaran 2010 on December 3 to 8 with the theme "Pag-ambitanay, Pagkinalipay, Pagpasalamat."
Sharing is the rationale behind the concept of Halaran, which is Hiligaynon word for offering.
Halaran was first launched in 1975 as a cultural festival that recalls the landing of the 10 Bornean datus in the island of Panay.
From its pagan ritual presentations, the festival has evolved into a Christian-based mardi-gras which is still anchored on the values of love, sharing and thanksgiving.
The joint Sinadya sa Halaran also brings out the best in Capiznons, particularly their most cherished values of thanksgiving and looking back to their roots or past.
Governor Victor Tanco and City Mayor Angel Alan Celino have agreed to pool the province's and city's resources together to come up with a festival par excellence.
The festival is seen as an embodiment of the Capiznon's religiosity and their high regard towards their Creator as well as their veneration to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their Patroness.
Capiz, which is a surplus producer of palay and various kinds of seafood products, lies along the strong nautical highway in the country's western seaboard and has been recognized as the "Seafood Capital of the Philippines."
One of the country's oldest Spanish settlements, the province is also a home to one of the world's biggest bells found in Sta. Monica Church in Panay town.
Capiz also boasts its beautiful and clean beaches as well as scenic inland destinations, including caves and waterfalls.
It is also Capiz that gave the country Manuel Acuņa Roxas, the first President of the Philippine Republic and the last president of the Commonwealth. (SSH Publicity and Promotions Committee/PIA) [top]