Bayluhay Festival kicks off Sunday
Iloilo City (11 January) -- The municipality of San Joaquin has lined up various activities in line with the celebration of its 98th municipal fiesta that coincides with its 5th Bayluhay Festival, set to kick off on Sunday, January 13.
The 7-day festivity that carries the theme "Reminiscing the yesteryears as one community, moving forward to a progressive centenary" aims to highlight the town's glorious past and the thrust of achieving a progressive future of the locals. It is also intended to drumbeat the town's centennial as an independent municipality come 2010.
The blessing and inauguration of the new municipal building will usher the formal opening of the celebration on January 13. This will be followed by the openings of the photo exhibit depicting the "Old and New San Joaquin", garden show and food festival.
On the same day, the Bayluhay Festival Competition will be held and the re-enactment of the Barter of Panay.
Bayluhay Festival depicts the life's bountiful blessings in San Joaquin. The event also commemorates the historic landing of ten Bornean Datus and the Barter of Panay, both of which happened in the shores of San Joaquin.
San Joaquin is 53 kilometers away from Iloilo City and the last municipality south of the province of Iloilo. It is here where the Barter of Panay took place in 1200s. The barter as it has now been retold, eventually paved the way for the flourishing of a civilization in this part of the world.
The town is also famous for its San Joaquin Roman Catholic Church where its war-like fašade remains truly unique and pictures the triumph of Christianity over the Moros in the Battle of Tetuan in Morocco.
Other activities in the week-long event are Dancesport Open Competition, Baroto Race, Body Painting, Sangguniang Kabataan Night Live Band, Parade of the Fiesta Queen 2008 with the Bayluhay Tribes, Balikbayan Night amongst others.
The town's exciting "Pasungay 2008" and the Grand Fiesta Queen Coronation on January 19 will cap this year's festivity. In Pasungay (carabao fight), prized bulls from the town and neighboring areas fight amidst wild cheering from spectators. (PIA) [top]