Kalilangan Festival 2013: Kadsagayan Street Dancing Competition

The season of festivals in the Philippines isn’t over yet as the City of Generals celebrate Kalilangan Festival 2013!

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Kalilangan is the city’s carrier event for its Foundation Anniversary celebration showcasing the city’s history, artistry, cultural heritage and tourism potentials.

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Kalilangan Festival: National Best Tourism Event 2011 & 2012

In October last year, General Santos City’s Kalilangan Festival was declared Best Tourism Event in Culture and Arts Category. This was the second time the event bagged the same award following the preceding year.

Queue of Photographers Capturing the Event

Queue of Photographers Capturing the Event

No wonder thousands of tourists flock to watch this most anticipated festivity in the tuna capital of the Philippines – General Santos City.

Kadsagayan Street Dancing Competition

The main streets of Heneral Santos are once again flooded with people, colors and festive dancers on the afternoon of February 27, 2013.

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Adventuroj along with my buddies joined in the merriment with our SLRs on hand in capturing memories of this once in a lifetime event.

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A little something about Kalilangan

Kalilangan is derived from the rootword “Kalilang” which typically means celebration or commemoration in the Maguindanaon dialect.

In a broader perspective, kalilang projects a positive and dynamic meaning for it engulfs the artistic, humane and altruistic aspects of social interaction that takes place in any occasion or celebration.

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Kalilangan means festival, feastivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.

It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals and traditions like marriage celebrations, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, funerals, enthronement of royal dignitaries, thanksgiving and other social forms of social, political and economic activities.

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“Kadsagayan” or the glamorous street dance parade portrays the traditional tri-people’s dances.

This year 6 participants compete for the crown. Here they are:

May your eyes enjoy the feast and parade of photos and color!

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Participant No 2: Sambulayang Cultural Dance Troupe of Sultan Kudarat

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Participant No 3: Pedro Acharon Sr. Central Elementary School

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Participant No 4: Binandisan Performing Arts Group from Maguindanao

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Participant No 5: Indak Kabataan Performing Arts

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Now who do you think will win?

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Kadsagayan 2013 Champion

Binandisan Performing Arts Group from Buluan, Maguindanao was declared overall champion in the Kadsagayan Streetdance competition 2013 at the Oval Plaza Wednesday, February 27. The group bagged P150,000 cash, a trophy and certificate of participation.

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Perfectly depicting the theme: “Tri-People in Unity, Excellence in Harmony.” among the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Muslims and the Christian populations

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Kadsagayan 2013 1st Runner-up

Contingents from Pedro Acharon Elementary School was declared 1st Runner-up. The group bagged P100,000 cash, a trophy and certificate of participation.

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Kadsagayan 2013 2nd Runner-up

Contingents from General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trade Indak Kabataan Performing Arts was declared 2nd Runner-up. The group bagged P75,000 cash, a trophy and certificate of participation.

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Kalilangan is a noble tradition. It is a complete work of art nourished and nurtured by a rich cultural heritage that has withstand the test of time from generation to generation. Indeed a portrayal of a culture that is only in General Santos!

Until next year Kalilangan!

A Call for Kalilangan Organizers

One thing that I’ve just noticed is that although the Kalilangan Celebration is a week long event, however the Street Dancing competition, which is the highlight of the festivity, falls on a weekday, February 27, making it almost impossible for other interested tourists to be at the festival due to work constraints.

Also, the competition is set to start at 1pm.. just after lunch..

Just imagine the blazing heat of the sun that the spectators and the dancers have to endure to witness the event? Unlike most of the festivals in the Philippines that I know that starts their street dancing early in the morning or in the evening (like the Hinugyaw) to avoid getting sun burnt.

Just take a look at these dancers, in their faces reflects the heat they have to endure.

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I’m sure they’re one with me in this call.. Hopefully next year will be a better and should I say cooler one? Haha

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Seslong Festival 2013, T’boli, South Cotabato: Schedule of Activities 2013

Want to witness another festival down south from South Cotabato?

Look no more and head for this year’s Seslong Festival!

Here’s the schedule of events for the 2013 Seslong festival in the municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato, happening this March 5-16, 2013.

Seslong Festival Schedule of Activities

Seslong Festival Schedule of Activities

Quotations & Photography: A Bike Ride Into The Sunrise

Early mornings are best for leisure walks and of course – bike rides!

Travel with me down the aisle of photography quotations as I journey into the sunrise – after an early morning bicycle ride, made to calm the soul and unrest the feet – a hobby that I’ve been lately addicted.

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Taming the Sweet Tooth!

After a leisurely bike ride, we stopped by the popular fruit stands in Brgy. Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato for an early morning treat!

Lover of the Corn? There's nothing surely more sweeter than this...

Lover of the Corn? There’s nothing surely more sweeter than this…

Endless Rows of Abundant Fruits, only in Brgy. Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato

Endless Rows of Abundant Fruits, only in Brgy. Kablon, Tupi, South Cotabato

Do you have a sweet tooth? Why not give this pineapples a try!

Do you have a sweet tooth? Why not give this pineapples a try!

To end this, I’d like to share some of more quotes to inspire your day today. Have a lovely one!

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Yay! Another Feat for Adventuroj!

People often ask why I blog? Most of them thought it’s for the sake of earning some pennies. Others even thought that I am paid to blog. How I wish I am! But to be honest I am not earning even a single Peso from my blog, I just blog because it’s what I love.

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I am not blogging for income, numbers, or solely to provide free stuff. I am blogging because I love to write and I want to share my passions, my travel, and my adventures.

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Kalilangan Festival 2012

This year I was one with General Santos City in celebrating its Kalilangan festival last February 27.

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The word Kalilangan is derived from the Maguindanaoan word “kalilang” which means “festival,” or “celebration.” The anniversary celebration commemorates the landing of the city’s founder, General Paulino Santos, along with the first settlers from Luzon, at the shores of Sarangani Bay.

Kalilangan celebrates colors, ethnicity, thanksgiving. There’s actually more that depicts Kalilangan, and and I am so proud to say that this year I celebrated Kalilangan with awesome friends.

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Ang Nahanap kong Liwanag sa Kadiliman

Gabi na naman. Magpapaalam na naman si haring araw at papalit si kaibigang buwan. Ewan ko ba kung bakit gustong-gusto ko sa tuwing sumasapit ang gabi. Weirdo nga siguro ako kung tatawagin, pero pakialam ko, lahat naman ng tao ay may kanya-kanyang ka-weirdohan. Mas weirdo nga sigurong matatawag ang taong walang ka-weirdohan.

Ayos na sana lahat. Ang mga tao nasa kani-kanilang bahay na. Wala ng gumagala, maliban na lang kung piyesta at marami kang mapupuntahan na mga pakulo ni Mayor sa plaza. Ganito dito sa probinsya. Tahimik hindi gaya sa siyudad na ang gabi ay tila nagiging umaga na kung ingay lang ang pagbabasehan. Dito ganitong oras (7pm) nagpapahinga na ang mga tao. Magluluto. Kakain ng kanilang hapunan habang nagkukuwentuhan tungkol sa buhay-buhay nila. Pagkatapos ay magbubukas ng telebisyon at manonood ng balita. Magkukunwari na may pakialam sila sa mga nangyayari sa bansa, na kung pakikinggan mo ay wala naman silang ginawa kundi ang magreklamo at punain ang pagkakamali ng ibang taong nasa balita. Bakit ba kasi hindi na lang nila tingnan ang sarili nila bago ang iba, baka sakaling may magawa pa sila sa ikauunlad ng bansa natin. Continue reading