Kagay-an Mardi Gras

the participants

August 27-28 is the Annual Kagay-an Festival in honor of St. Augustine, the patron saint of Cagayan de Oro City. One of the highlights of the celebration is the Kagay-an Folkloric Dance Competition. People from all walks of life gathered on the corner of the streets to witness the annual street dancing parade that captures the lenses of the media people as well as from those expectant spectators. People are unmindful of the scorching heat of the sun while waiting and applauding for their favorites. The safety of the celebration was ensured with the presence of the City Police officers.

We were there and there are some few things that we observed with the performers. Team work is indeed essential in this kind of presentation. The lapses of one member can brought a negative impact to the whole group. We admired the group coming from Macanhan.  They call themselves KUYANAP or could be translated as “SPREAD” in English. Their effort pays off when they won the first prize.

Below are some of the great shots from the performers…

mestiza in native costume

She’s one of the performers of Tribu KUYANAP who draws attention from the crowd.  Seldom  can we see a half- Filipino citizen who is game enough to be a part of our cultural activities.  Her smile probably catch the judges’ attention. The experience she had might be too far different from where she might came from. She was able to perform her best though at first she almost get lost of timing from the rest of the group.

higher perspective

This was another performance from Tablon. She portrays the strong faith of the Kagay-anons as she conquered the street with the figurine of St. Augustine while dancing.

getting the balance

Another performer from Nazareth. The woman endured her unstable position for a couple of minutes while her partner remains calm and  still on his position.

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