Wow! Hinugyaw! A Once in a Lifetime Nighttime Street Dancing Experience!

January is indeed a month of festivals ; from the popular Sinulog in Cebu to the Ati-atihan in Kalibo and Dinagyang in Iloilo. But wait, I’m sure Mindanao wouldn’t let this month passed by without having something, particularly my province here in South Cotabato!

And so I present to you THE HINUGYAW FESTIVAL 2013!

Start this year with a bang as Koronadal City celebrates the 13th Hinugyaw Festival.

The said festival started last January 4 and culminates on the evening of January 10, 2013, highlighting the Piyesta Korona (Korona Festival), a unique blend of mardi gras, creative korona attire and float competitions and of course the most awaited nighttime Street Dancing Competition!

Yes! You heard that right, NIGHT Street Dancing that is! Contrary to the common street dancing held during the daytime, Hinugyaw trots the road less traveled ; and that’s what makes this festival even more interesting!

Streets once again will be flooded with curious spectators dying to witness participants in their colorful ethnic attires as they dance to the beat of lively cultural music.

So without further adieu, here are some shots I’ve took during the colorful festivity ;  a mixture of the Street Dancing Competition, a parade of beauties in their creative crowns and attires, and the the Float Parade.

Have a Feast!

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And in this group I also spotted a very cute kid who got my camera glued on him.. so pardon if his smiles and gorgeousness took a lot of space in the following photos. I’m sure you’ll also agree with me after seeing these –

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Hinugyaw festival is a week long celebration of the Foundation Anniversary of Koronadal City, the center of the Province of South Cotabato happening usually on the first week of January every year. It is a colorful merry-making depicting the evolution of the distinct cultures of B’laans, Maguindanao, and Christians into a singular wave of rhythm as a tribute to the creator, and in celebration of the spirit that Koronadal is known for dynamic and persistent in its bound for sustainable development.

So next time you’re heading South Mindanao, don’t forget to drop by and join in the merriment! Until next year Hinugyaw!

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Hinugyaw Festival 2013 Schedule of Activities

It’s January once again! A time of festivities and colorful festivals! But this isn’t Sinulog in Cebu, nor Dinagyang in Iloilo, not even Ati-atihan in Aklan, but this is HINUGYAW FESTIVAL, a festival as equally colorful and vibrant!

Hinugyaw festival is a week long celebration of the Foundation Anniversary of Koronadal City, the center of the Province of South Cotabato (my home province). Hinugyaw is a colorful merry-making depicting the evolution of the distinct cultures of B’laans, Maguindanao, and Christians into a singular wave of rhythm as a tribute to the creator, and in celebration of the spirit that Koronadal is known for dynamic and persistent in its bound for sustainable development. (from Koronadal Hinugyaw Festival Website)

The festival icon is the cogon grass. Etymologically speaking, Koronadal is believed to have been derived from two B’laan words “kolon” and “nadal” meaning, a plain of cogon grass. Koronadal has been the home of speedy and sustainable development which sprouted naturally like cogon grass.

Now on the 13th year, Hinugyaw Festival is set on January 4-10, 2013. The week long celebration will once again showcase the fusion of diverse cultures present in the City of Koronadal. Major events includes the Drumline Competition, the search for Lakambini ng Koronadal 2013 and the much anticipated Piyesta Korona (Korona Festival) – a mix of street dancing, mardi gras and float competitions. Check out below the list of major events and schedule of activities for the upcoming Hinugyaw Festival 2013.

See this year’s schedule of activities:

Hinugyaw Festival 2013 Schedule of Activities

January 4, 2013
Peter B. Miguel Cup – Basketball
7 am, Freedom Park

Unveiling & Wreath Laying of Historical Marker for 17 Martyrs
8:30 am, Koronadal Central Elementary School – 1

Veteran’s Exhibit
3 pm, City Hall Ground

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 5
Koronadal Marathon/ Fun Run
4 am, Assembly Area: City Hall Grounds

Siok Extreme Eco Adventure
4:30 am, Assembly/Registration: City Hall Lobby

Peter B. Miguel Tennis Tournament
7 am, SMRAA Tennis Court

Motocross
8 am, back of the City Hall

Coca- Cola Night
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

Lakambini ng Koronadal
7 pm, South Cotabato Gym & Cultural Center

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 6
Golf Tournament
7 am, Paraiso Golf Course

SIKAD Koronadal
9 am, Assembly Area: City Hall Grounds

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 7
Celebrity Comedian Night
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 8
Farmers Festival
6:30 am, City Hall Grounds

Celebrity Night
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 9
Paramotors Exhibition
9 am, City Hall Grounds

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

January 10
Kapehan & Mass Sponsorship
5:30 am, Christ the King Cathedral

Drumline Competition
6 am, South Cotabato Sports Complex

Korona Festival/ Piyesta Korona
6 pm, Gensan Drive

Kasadyahan sa Dalan & Nightly Bands
7 pm, City Hall Grounds

Colors, Lights, Sounds and Shadows filled the streets during the 2010 Hinugyaw Festival in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Photo from Flickr

Colors, Lights, Sounds and Shadows filled the streets during the 2010 Hinugyaw Festival in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. Photo from Flickr