|KAING Festival, Leon, Iloilo, photo by Ray Tabafunda|
Twelve (12) non-contesting participating tribes from different provinces and cities in the region will showcase their local festivals in this year Kasadyahan scheduled on January 25. The four assigned judging areas in carousel type at the Freedom Grandstand, Maria Clara Street, Quezon-Ledesma Streets and at the Provincial Capitol will highlight the following tribes: (1) Tribu Banigan of the municipality of Libertad, Province of Antique, (2) Saad Festival of the municipality of Leganes, Iloilo, (3) Manggahan Festival of Guimaras Province, (4) Tribu Hugyaw Kansilay of Silay City, Negros Occidental, (5) Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School, Iloilo City, (6) Sinadya Sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz, (7) Tribu Hugyaw of St. Therese MTC-Colleges, Iloilo City, (8) Tribu Lacsonian of John B. Lacson Maritime University, Iloilo City, (9) Kalibo Sto. Nino Ai-Atihan Festival of the Province of Aklan, (10) Bacolod Masscara Festival of Bacolod City, (11) Tribu Kaing of the municipality of Leon, Iloilo and (12) Tribu Busilak-San Carlos Pinta Flores Festival of Negros Occidental.
|KALIBO ATI-ATIHAN Festival, photo courtesy of DOT -VI|
For Filipinos, festivals are great opportunities to join in and have fun. Towns and cities all have their own festival days, usually a local saint's day, an important historical event or highlighting the main product or industry in the area.
Festivals hold a favored place in the Filipino culture. Some are celebrated throughout the country. Others are regional, municipal or city specific.