August 08, 2012 – Vivid colors filled the streets as 12 different tribes danced through the waving heat, electrifying the crowd, and making it a jam-packed event.
People crowded the streets to watch and support their Barangays competing in this year’s Kagay-an Festival 2012 Cultural Street Dancing. This is an annual event held prior to the celebration of St. Augustine’s feast.
Different schools and business entities participated and made the event worth watching under the heat of the sun. This years’ Cultural Dance is said to be more improved and well organized. Kudos to the city government for handling the Kagay-an Festival so well.
This is a true showcase of talents and the resiliency of Kagay-anons despite the scars marked by the Sendong Flood in December. Mabuhay Kagay-anons! We are truly happy people and still the “City of Golden Friendship.”
Congratulations to Barangay Kauswagan, Bugo, and Bayabas who topped the event. All of the participants are already winners by just looking at their colorful and extravagant costumes.
Big thanks to all the sponsors for making this event very possible – Globe, TM, San Miguel Corporation, Coca-Cola, Centrio Ayala Malls and etc. We also appreciated the effort of our local police and local government units – especially to our City Mayor Vicente “Donkoy” Emano and His comrades.
The Cultural Street Dance will be followed by a Civic-Military Parade participated by local government units, the army, PNP along with universities, schools, and prominent business establishments in Cagayan de Oro.
About Kagay-an Festival and Cultural Street Dancing:
Historically, Fiesta celebration is inherited by the Kagay-anons from the Spaniards. It is a celebration in honor of St. Augustine, the patron saint of Cagayan de Oro. It’s second to Christmas as the most celebrated holidays in Cagayan de Oro.
Street dancing is a long tradition of giving thanks to the creator. It’s actually a pagan tradition adopted by Roman Catholics, which comprises 87 percent of the people in Cagayan de Oro. It’s also a recognition of the tribes which is believed to be Kagay-anons’ ancestors.