Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pasidungog Kay Senor San Miguel Festival

The annual tradition of celebrating Pasidungog Kay Senor San Miguel Festival in San Miguel, Iloilo offers its people the opportunity to enhance camaraderie and fellowship where they give thanks and share their blessings. They celebrate the festival with arts and crafts, food, drinks, and special programs. The festival is for the patron saint that was said to have come through and save the locals from the area from absolute death when they fell under siege from the rival bandits. San Miguel is situated 16 kilometers from the city, but people come from all over for the celebration. Schools in the area let out for this event, and it is very special in this area.

Celebrated this year on December 18-22, 2010, the opening highlights the Opening of the 2010 Pasidungog Festival with a Mass at the St. Michael Parish, Parade with the Day Care Hari at Hara ng Pasko Muses in their floats and Christmas Party, and Live Band Concert; December 19 opens with SAMODA Christmas Party and Family Day, High School Night of LSSNHS; December 20 is set for the 2nd Farmer’s Congress, and the Christmas in our Hearts Show; December 21 welcomes everyone with Laro ng Lahi and the Search for Miss Pasidungog 2010; December 22 closes with the Inter-Barangay Kanding Cooking Contest, San Miguel Got Talent featuring: “The Singing Barangay Officials” and the Culminating Program and Awarding Ceremony of the Build and Light Up a Christmas Tree Contest, Most Outstanding RPT Taxpayers and Business Tax Payers, Awarding of Cash Incentives to CDSA Medalists and Live Band Concert.

Based on folk history, the festival presentation is a true reflection of the life of its people. The story about the separation of the parishes of Alimodian, Leon and San Miguel with three assigned patron saints is a special feature. It was said that their images were carried on carabao-drawn carrozas with the image of Saint Catherine de Aragon heading to Leon and the image of Saint Thomas de Villanueva to Alimodian. With much beating and prodding to the animal for the carroza to move, it insisted to stay, thus, having Saint Michael the Archangel as the area’s patron saint.

San Miguel or Saint Michael the Archangel as is noted for his warrior role. When Lucifer revolted against the rule of God it was San Miguel the Archangel who was sent to do battle with Lucifer and banish him to Hades. San Miguel is often invoked as a protector for troops going into battle. He is always represented with his sword and armor signifying his role in combating evil forces. San Miguel's combat with evil is acted out in front of spectators during its festival.

San Miguel is a 5th class municipality with a land area of 2,134 hectares and politically subdivided into 24 barangays. Considered to be the smallest town in the province, it is bordered by the municipality of Maasin and Cabatuan in the north; Sta. Barbara and Pavia in the northeast; in the south by Oton; the city of Iloilo in the east; Alimodian in the west; and southwest with Leon and Tigbauan.

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