Ambassadors much impressed with Dinagyang Festival's Kasadyahan Competition

January 25, 2015 12:45 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 24 –-10 contingent tribes, which performed at the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition, one of the highlights of the Dinagyang Festival 2015 that reeled off Jan. 24 here, impressed not only local tourists but also foreign ambassadors who came here just to witness the yearly event.

Turkish Ambassador to the Philippines Esra Cankorur, in an interview with PNA, described the tribes performances as “very beautiful, colorful and dynamic.”

The Ambassador said it was her first time to attend the Dinagyang Festival and be in Iloilo, but then she was already so much impressed with what she saw Saturday morning.

”I am sure tomorrow it would be more beautiful,” Amb. Cankorur said, referring to Sunday’s Dinagyang Ati Contest. She added that she hoped she could be back to Iloilo for the festival next year.

Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno said that there was so much excitement with the festival that even at the airport upon his arrival today (Saturday), he could already feel it.

”It’s so beautiful,” the Ambassador said referring to the tribes performances. He also said that by tomorrow he “expects an explosion” to happen with the Ati tribes performances.

Ten contingent tribes from all over Western Visayas competed for the winning title of the 2015 Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition Saturday.

The event was spearheaded by the Iloilo city government, together with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Salakayan Festival from Miag-ao, Iloilo started the competition with the theme, “Celebration of Faith and Fortitude.” They entered the Iloilo Grandstand with a backdrop of a boat and an image of an ‘Ibong Adarna”, a mythical Filipino creature on its sail.

The second performance came from “Sigabong sang Kanyon” of Bago City, Negros Occidental.It started its shows with a bang to represent the booming of canyon for their freedom and unity as a community.

It was followed by Tribo Tatusan from Caluya, Antique. Their performance portrayed their municipality’s grandeur and uniqueness, as the only island municipality in Antique. They highlighted their rich coconut and crab resources and also portrayed their main means of living, which is fishing.

The tribe from Leon, Iloilo, the fourth contender, got its inspiration from its municipality’s famous “per kaing trade”. The Tribu Kaing got their name from the bamboo-stripped made basket which is being used as measurement in selling crops. While representatives from Buga National High School strut their stuff, a man exhibited his ability in ‘kaing making’ and succeeded in finishing the kaing before the performance ended.

The pride of Dumarao, Capiz, Tribu Padagyaw showcased its community’s famous values such as the “working together in building a common future” in its performance. It elucidates the lifestyle of a caring and sharing community.

The province of Guimaras, ‘Hubon sa Balsahan sa Manggahan’ did not shy away from its famous product, mangoes. In its entirety, the tribe proved that it, indeed had the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines.

Pintaflores from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental awed the audience with their intricate costume designs inspired from a ‘diwata’. The story shows that nature must be protected and preserved.

Next performer was from Tapaz, Capiz with its Patabang Festival. Tribe showed some of Filipino traditions which is still imbibed in them. The generosity of heart, the bayanihan, fiesta commemoration, “pamamanhikan”, and the simplistic way of living were portrayed in their performance.

Pantat Festival of Zarraga, Iloilo also joined the festival, glorifying the lowly catfish. They depicted the way of catching catfish and how slippery it is.

Last, probably not the least, is The City of Smile’s Masskara Festival, unlike the previous tribes, they do not have live band accompaniment. The performance was filled with colorful masks and costumes.

Despite the cultural differences in each tribe, the common ground between them is that they depicted the undying faith of Filipinos to Senior Sto. Nino.(PNA)



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