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!
Street Dancing Competition
Participant No. 1
Participant No. 2
Participant No. 3
Participant No. 4
Participant No. 5
Participant No. 6
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 –
Korona Creative Attire Competition
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!