Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Barotac Viejo Gears Up for the 4th KANAWAY Festival

Sulay Basya Festival of Sara, photo by Al Destacamento

Preparations are underway at the municipality of Barotac Viejo for this year’s Kanaway Festival event that will begin on March 2-3 2013. Organized by the Northern Iloilo Center for Culture and Arts (NICCA), the celebration is spearheaded and initiated by the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) System.
photo by Al Destacamento

Now on its 4th year, with the theme “Kanaway Festival 2013: Pamaagi kag Alagyan Bulig sa Pag-usoy sa Tadlong nga Dalan,’ the event will open on March 2 (Saturday) with the Parade of Drum and Lyre Corps with the special participation of the candidates for the Ulitawo kag Lin-ay sang 4th Kanaway Festival at 7:30 a.m., Magsaysay Avenue, Barotac Viejo; Newspaper Gown Making and Home Wall Décor Making at 8 a.m., Municipal Booth, NIPSC Barotac Viejo; Drum and Lyre Corps Competition-Elementary Level at 9:30 a.m. at the Municipal Gymnasium; Tribu sang mga Kabataan-Culture Based Tribe Competition at 1 p.m., Municipal Gymnasium and; Pasundayag sang Ambahanon kag mga Ilonggo nga Saot at 7 p.m., Municipal Gymnasium.

March 3 (Sunday) will open with the Parade of Participants in the Drum and Lyre Corps Competition-Secondary Level at 7:30 a.m. at B. Causing Street, Barotac Viejo; Cheerleading Competition at 8:30 a.m. at the Municipal Gymnasium; Drum and Lyre Corps Competition-Secondary Level at 8:30 a.m., Municipal Gymnasium; Talents Showdown of candidates for the Ulitawo kag Lin-ay Sang Kanaway at 2 p.m., Municipal Gymnasium and the Coronation for the Search sang Ulitawo kag Lin-ay sang 4th Kanaway Festival at 7 p.m., Municipal Gymnasium.

Panagat Festival of Estancia, photo by Al Destacamento
Iloilo is this region’s Festival Capital. It is a province of festivals and fairs. It is where people come together from across the country and the globe to share their passion for arts, culture and ideas. This welcoming, inspiring and open-minded atmosphere is heightened by the approachable beauty of this breathtaking historical destination.

The 5th District in the province of Iloilo is an attractive resort destination with lots of tourist spots from inland resorts to the natural beauty of their islands. Road network is good, making it especially convenient for tourism. But not known to many, there are a number of festivals in the area because almost every municipality in this district celebrates one of its own. These festivals are held annually and celebrate important seasons of the year, the harvest. Others celebrate religious occasions. A number of these festivals are common to most parts of Iloilo. However, they may be called by different names in various parts of the province or may be celebrated in a different fashion.

photo by Al Destacamento
The festival of Kanaway is the only one of its kind in Iloilo. It features a grand showdown of cultural performances from the different participating festivals in the 5th District of the province. For this year’s Kanaway tribe competition, the festivals of Ajuy (Tambobo Festival), Sara (Sulay-Basya Festival), Batad (Panulo Festival); Concepcion (Tampisaw Festival); Lemery (Saug Festival), Barotac Viejo (Patubas Festival), Estancia (Panagat Festival) and Carles (Pakinhason Festival) will be competing.

The diversity of our local celebrations provides a starting point for our fellow Ilonggos and visitors to begin to understand and value our many distinct cultures. What better way to do that than to showcase our festivals.

photo by Al Destacamento
Be a part of the Kanaway Festival to promote what is good about the 5th District in the province of Iloilo. For more information, please contact Miss Lorie Ann Dumdum-Municipal Tourism Officer of Barotac Viejo at 09995796398 or Hon. Merelyn P. Valdez-SB Member on Tourism at 09157418182 or at (033) 3620160 or 3620312.

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