Friday, May 20, 2016

Lagaw Ta Western Visayas for the 14th Fiestas in the City

Get ready to be entertained at this happy fiesta celebrating the charm and beauty of the Western Visayas Region. Immerse in the festive atmosphere of local culture, food and celebration in this year’s Fiestas in the City organized by the Department of Tourism Regional Office and SM City Iloilo on May 23-29, 2016 at the SM City Event Center.

a celebration of water from River Tangyan of Igbaras by Tangyan Festival, Igbaras, Iloilo

Now on its 14th year and with this year’s event theme, “Lagaw ‘Ta Western Visayas!,” Fiestas in the City opens on May 23 (Monday) Opening Program and Opening of Travel and Trade Fair with performances featuring the Claravall-Gonzalez School of Classical Ballet and Rock Opong of the Voice Kids Philippines at 3 p.m., SM City Event Center;  May 25 (Wednesday) Sandiyahan sa Oton, a watermelon fun day with lectures, watermelon carving competition and watermelon eating and freebies courtesy of East-West Seed Philippines and the Local Government of Oton  at 4 p.m., SM City Event Center.

watermelon carving for Sandiyahan sa Oton by East-West Seed Philippines

May 26 (Thursday) The Awarding of Operation Water F’All Heroes by the Department of Tourism Regional Office with the special performance of Tangyan Festival of Igbaras, Iloilo at 10:30 a.m., SM City Event Center and Cooking Demo by Ilonggo Chefs Tibong Jardeleza of Rafael’s La Cocina del Sur, Chef Miguel Cordova and Andrea Gorriceta at 3:00 p.m., SM City Event Center; May 27 (Friday) The Western Visayas Map Food Display featuring the iconic local delicacies of every provinces in Western Visayas at 3:00 p.m., SM City Event Center; May 28 (Saturday) A Grand Festival Parade from Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival of Aklan, Pontevedra Guyum-Guyuman Festival of Capiz, Manggahan Festival of Guimaras, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City and, Bacolod MassKara Festival of Negros Occidental at 2 p.m., SM City Event Center;  May 29 (Sunday) is the celebration highlight with a parade of beauties for the 2016 Sagala of Festival Queens, 3 p.m. at the SM City Event Center.

Bandi of San Joaquin , Iloilo featured on display

From the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City to the Carabao race in Pavia, Iloilo, Western Visayas is renowned for its festivals and fiestas. But there is so much more on offer than these well-established celebrations as every single city, town and barangay in the region celebrates local festivities at some point every the year.

Our fiestas and festivals symbolises the very essence of our region. They are colourful, vibrant, usually extremely noisy but always great fun.

The nature of each fiesta and festival depends on its origin. Many lie in religious feasts, often honouring a community’s patron saint that may involve serious religious processions with marching bands. There are those that have deep historical meaning to the locals. However, almost all celebrations are accompanied by street parties, firework displays, local games, pageants and much general merrymaking. Spanish domination in the past made a major impact on our culture, cuisine and traditions of our fiestas.

The 14th Fiestas in the City is an annual Heritage Month activity celebrated every May. The celebration is also brought to you by the province of Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Antique and the cities of Iloilo, Bacolod and Roxas, East_west Seed Philippines, the municipalities of Oton and Igbaras.

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