Monday, January 18, 2016

Embracing the Fun and Colors of Hinirugyaw – Suguidanonay Festival

Calinog’s indigenous people will celebrate and share their culture through dance and chants at the annual traditional and contemporary Hirinugyaw–Suguidanonay Festival with the Tribe Competition on January 31 (Sunday) at 9 a.m.  The celebration presents a vibrant celebration of traditional and contemporary culture, art, dance and music. It is a special event of great beauty and cultural significance.

The Hirinugyaw–Suguidanonay Festival is the largest and most colourful Indigenous festival in Iloilo, drawing a large audience coming from the neighboring towns and the province of Capiz. It is one of the most important Indigenous cultural events in the province reflecting the wealth of Indigenous creative talent. It features arts, music, dance and cultural traditions of the Sulodnons or Panay Bukidnons of Calinog.

Inhabiting the mountains of Central Panay mainly in Tapaz, Capiz, Calinog and Lambuanao, Iloilo and in Valderrama, Antique Province are the Sulodnons. The Suguidanon segment of the festivity provides visitors with their authentic indigenous culture. Suguidanon, a story-telling done in chants, performed and showcased in chapters from the folk epic poem Hinilawod (Tales from the Mouth of Halawod River), considered to be the second longest epic in the world. Each year, one chapter from the epic is performed accompanied by chanting done in Kiniray-a.

Hirinugyaw, from a Hiligaynon word hugyaw meaning to cheer is inspired by the Dinagyang Festival performance anchoring on the religious aspect of venerating Sr. Sto. Niño and highlighted by colourful costumes with fast-paced dances movements..

The festivity provides a range of healthy, family-friendly activities for the community to enjoy starting January 22 (Friday) Opening Salvo at 3 p.m., Holy Mass at 3 p.m., Opening Ceremony and Lighting of Torch at 5:30 p.m., Torch Parade at 6 p.m., and the Presentation and Talent Competition for Lin-ay Kag Ulitao 2016; January 23 (Saturday) Novena Mass at 5:30 a.m., Mia Cultural Show at 7 p.m.; January 24 (Sunday) Mass at 5:30 a.m. and LGU Cultural Show at 7 p.m.; January 25 (Monday) Novena Mass at 5:30 a.m. and CNCHS Variety Show at 7 p.m.; January 26 (Tuesday) Novena Mass at 5:30 and Cultural Show at 7 p.m.; January 27 (Wednesday) Novena Mass at 5:30 a.m., Cooking Competition at 6 p.m. and Iloilo Workshop at 7 p.m.; January 28 (Thursday) Novena Mass at 5:30 a.m., Adlaw Sang Manguguma at 7 a.m. and Linghuron Nga Lin-ay Kag Ulitao 2016 Coronation Night; January 29 (Friday) Novena Mass at 5:30 a.m. and Hamtong Nga Lin-ay Kag Ulitao 2016 Coronation Night; January 30 (Saturday) Holy Mass and Blessing of Sto. Nino Images at 7 a.m., Procession at 8:30 a.m., Agape at 10:00 a.m. and Camasova Night Variety Show at 7 p.m.; January 31 (Sunday) Holy Mass at 7 a.m., Tribe Competition at 9 a.m. and Awarding Ceremony at 8 p.m.

Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for attendees to be fully immersed in Calinog’s Panay Bukidnon and local culture. This is a celebration of their lives together as one people living in mutual respect of their differences in faith, identity, and ethnicity.

To get to Calinog, numerous jeepneys and buses run daily from Pavia People’s Terminal in Barangay Ungka-II, Pavia, Iloilo or at the Bus-Jeepney Terminal fronting Christ the King Memorial Park in Jaro, Iloilo City.

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