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Better late than never. Last December 1st I flew from Bacolod to Ozamiz with a 4-hour stopover at Mactan Cebu International Airport.
It was the first day of the last month of the year, but I was heading once again to Tangub City in Misamis Occidental to judge the annual Christmas Symbols Festival. The City has always been known as the Christmas Capital of Mindanao. And they pretty much know how to celebrate the Yuletide season with all the dazzling lights and colors.
I have to admit, CARAGA is one region in the Philippines that I have yet to fully explore. The last time I was in this part of the Philippines was in 2009 during the DBP RORO Race. It was a week-long adventure race around the country where the main mode of transport was the Roll on Roll off vessel or RORO. I got a glimpse of Siargao and Surigao. But that was it.
Then countless times, I attempted to come back to Surigao to cover the Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw Festival, but I always had to cancel at the last minute due to some reasons.
Last week of September I flew to Tangub City Misamis Occidental to judge the 2013 Dalit Festival. Dalit is a Cebuano term for Offering. This is my first time to witness the City’s streetdancing competition.
We arrived in Tangub City September 28, a day before the competition for the judges’ briefing. The competition is divided into two: streetdancing competition around the city’s streets and the ritual competition at the Grandstand.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to judge the 2013 Kasadya Streetdancing Competition, one of the major highlights of the Diyandi Festival in Iligan City.
For more than 20 years, the streetdancing competition is organized by JCI Iligan Chapter.
The festival is held as part of the celebration of the feast of Saint Michael Archangel, or more popularly known as San Miguel, the patron saint of Iligan City.