Monday, January 16, 2017

Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay A True Cultural Experience



Calinog, Iloilo will celebrate Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival on January 20 – 29, 2017. The annual tribal dance competition set on January 29 at 9 a.m. is already renowned for its vivacious colors, lively music and strong cultural ties. The celebration tends to pull out all the stops when it comes to festivals.


With this year’s theme “Paghugpong kag Pagbinuligay para sa Pag-umwad kang Banwa Paagi sa Debosyon kay Sr. Santo Nino,” series of special events will surely immerse visitors to their local culture opening with a Holy Mass at 4 p.m. at the Grandstand, Opening Program at 5:30 pm Torch Parade and Lighted Sto. Nino Competition at 6 p.m. all set on January 20 (Friday); January 21 (Saturday) Presentation and Talent Competition of the Search for Linghuron kag Hamtong nga Lin-ay kag Ulitao 2017 at 7 p.m.; January 22 (Sunday) Variety Show at 7 p.m.; January 23 (Monday) Linabugan Festival at 6 a.m., Cooking Competition at 6 p.m.; January 24 (Tuesday) Fashion Show featuring the designs of Hector “Totong” Gellangarin, Jun Bei “Chinnie Wong” Larroder, Renana “Yet-Yet” Lopez and Tomas “Sam” Panceles at 7 p.m.; January 25 (Wednesday) Adlaw Sang Mangunguma at 7 p.m.; January 26 (Thursday) Coronation Night of the Search for Linghuron nga lin-ay kag Ulitao 2017; January 28 (Saturday) Procession, Live Sto. Nino at 9 a.m.; Agape at 11 a.m., Festival of Mini Sound at 3 -7 p.m., Variety Show at 7 p.m.; January 29 (Sunday) Elders Ritual at 8:30 a.m., Tribe Competition at 9 a.m., Battle of the Sounds at 2 p.m., Awarding Ceremony and Fireworks Display at 8 p.m., Merry Making at 9 p.m.


The tribal dance performance opens with the Suguidanon. One tradition that is still being practiced by the Sulodnons or the Panay Bukidnon tribe, an indigenous group inhabiting the interior areas of Iloilo, Capiz and Antique Provinces, is the art of telling stories through chants locally known as Suguidanon. Done in ancient archaic language, the chanting of ancient stories uses a certain tone. The Suguidanon is orally transmitted from one generation to another. Chants which they knew by heart were memorized. It was taught to them since their childhood. The storytelling may sound magical and meditative-like to others and for some, listening to it can be a life-changing experience of spiritual awareness though sound.


An assigned chapter from the Hinilawod is to be interpreted through dance-drama each year. Hinilawod is an epic poem written by the early inhabitants of the Sulod tribe in Central Panay. This year the 6th epic of Labaw Donggon entitled “Saragnayan,” (the lord of darkness character in the epic) will be the theme of every performances.



The women dancers normally wear a Saipang for her top dress in dominant red or white with long narrow sleeves embellished with multi-colored geometric or floral patterns locally called as tubok. For her lower garment she wears a Patadyong, a wrap-around colourful checkered-patterned hand-woven cloth. A Binukot (a kept woman hidden from the public eye beginning her childhood) on special occasions, can wear a head piece locally known as Pudong---a narrow, red coloured cloth embellished with old coins; a Biningkit or a necklace made of multi-coloured glass beads and silver coins strung together. The Binukot is a skilled chanter and dancer being taught with oral lore and traditional dances as young as the age of 4 years old. She uses these accessories when she tasked to perform.


Hirinugyaw segment segues after the Suguidanon presentation where the mood is completely transformed during the last segment performances. The patron child Jesus is honoured through festive dances, thunderous drumbeats and colourful processions. Performers move out in rhythmic steps, with vociferous shouts and wild cries of joy with the occasional clapping of hands and jerky dances keep time to the beatings of the drums.


Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival is one of Iloilo’s signature cultural events- attracting many to enjoy local arts and crafts, authentic local cuisine, traditional folkloric dance performances and children’s activities and performances- a true cultural experience for all.

The central town of Calinog is 59.3 kilometers away or an hour and 20 minute drive away from Iloilo City. It is comprised of 59 barangays on a land area of 23,280 hectares. It is bounded in the north by the municipality of Tapaz, Capiz; northeast by the municipality of Bingawan, Iloilo; northeast by the municipality of San Remegio, Antique; south by the town of Lambunao, Iloilo; southeast by the municipality of Dueńas, Iloilo and; southwest by the town of Valderama, Antique.

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. For more information, please contact, Chester Larrodel – Municipal Tourism Officer at 09491760006.






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