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Feature: Binirayan retraces Antiqueño roots

by ML Gadian

San Jose, Antique (27 April) -- Binirayan is Antique’s annual festival. It recalls the story of Ten Malayan datus who led by Datu Puti and Datu Sumakwel, fled from the oppressive rule of Sultan Makatunaw and founded their settlement and haven in Panay in the 13th century.

The idea of celebrating the Binirayan was pioneered by then Governor Evelio B. Javier. Under his leadership, the Antiqueños felt the need to get together once each year to celebrate their history as a people. In a way, the Binirayan has paved the way for Antiqueños scattered all over the country and all over the world along with their friends to journey back to the remote past and trace our roots.

As Governor Sally Z. Perez said, “the Binirayan is our way of retracing our roots and celebrating the greatness of the Antiqueño soul. It crystallizes the story of the Maragtas, a history shared by all people of Panay”.

The Province of Antique will celebrate the Binirayan Festival 2007 on April 27-29 with the theme “Pagpabugal kang sari-sari nga duag kag dagway kang Antiqueño,” (Taking pride in Antique’s varicolored culture).

Various activities has been lined-up showcasing Antique’s natural and cultural heritage. Something new aside from the Pasundayag Exhibits, the lighting of Sulo kang Kahilwayan, Torch parade, Lin-ay Pageant and Parada ng Lahi are the launching of the Historical Trail at EBJ Freedom Park, opening of Museo Antiqueño, the Binirayan Summit, and exhibit-sale dubbed “Rara kag Habul” – hand weaving from Antique and Thailand and will showcased interesting arts and crafts from both areas.

The Museo Antiqueño which is owned by the Provincial Government of Antique and is maintained by the Binirayan Foundation, Inc. has opened two galleries. The EBJ gallery, dedicated to Evelio B. Javier, was enhanced and opened on October 31, 2006. The Main Gallery, which is the Gallery of Antiqueño Culture started with initial funding from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and was declared a Sentro ng Sining during the National Arts Month in February 2007.

Lastly, the Binirayan Summit on the last day, April 28, will gather sectoral representatives from the LGU’s, academe, business sector and private individuals to gauge the impact of the Binirayan Festival after 33 years and evaluate the relevance and validity of the Binirayan events and activities.

This in a nutshell is Binirayan Festival, a time to retrace the Antiqueño roots and celebrate our greatness. (PIA) [top]

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