HIGALAAY, the visayan word for FRIENDSHIP, is the central theme for Cagayan de Oro’s city fiesta. Being the City of Golden Friendship, it is but appropriate at this time of the year to celebrate friendships new and old in honor of the city’s patron saint St. Augustine.
So, are you ready for an entire month of festivities? Check out what’s in store for Kagay-anons and tourists this August!
The Mindanao Fashion Summit
From August 8 to 10, fashion designers from the different parts of Mindanao will display their respective Mindanaoan Collections in an all-out fashion extravaganza with the theme “Local Designs – Global Impact”.
What’s a fiesta celebration without food? Kagay-anons sure know how to celebrate festival season with the KUMBIRA (a local word which means “feast”). Now on its 18th year, the longest-running culinary show in the entire country is back with the theme: Throwback @ 18: Looking Back… Cooking Forward.” From August 13 – 15, the three-day event features food exhibits, seminars, and exciting competitions participated by food enthusiasts, restaurants, hotels, resorts, culinary schools, and professional chefs from all over the country. This year, an additional competition for junior and kiddie chefs have also been added.
Garden Show and Agri Fair
Starting on August 8 until the 31st, the historic Gaston Park will be home to an exhibit of garden plants and artistic landscaping from local gardeners. This year’s fair will also include a showcase of agricultural products from the different barangays of Cagayan de Oro.
Kagay-an Festival Marathon
The city’s sports enthusiasts and runners won’t be left out with the inclusion of the Kagay-an Festival marathon in this year’s lineup of festivities. With the goal of becoming the country’s next top running destination, Kagay-an Festival run includes a 3KM, 5KM, 21KM, and 42KM run.
The 10th Annual Cagayan de Oro Horse Show is one of the fiesta’s key events and draws horsemen of different levels of expertise from all over the country. With events such as the Oval Race, Obstacle Race, and Barrel Race among others, it’s a festival not only for cowboys but for enthusiasts of all ages as well. The cowboy festival runs from August 22-24.
Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Food and Lifestyle Show
From August 23- 30, head over to SM City CDO for a showcase of the region’s best SME products like processed food, handicrafts, organic and natural goods, innovative products, and many others.
Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014
CDO’s prestigious pageant is an annual event to search for young women with beauty, charm, and wit that will represent Cagayan de Oro as its ambassador of Goodwill. The event features several activities prior to the coronation night on August 23 including the talent show, swimsuit competition, and evening gown competition. For the third year, Primavera Residences will choose and award Ms. Primavera 2014 based on elegance, intelligence, and beauty – traits which are aligned with the company’s multi-awarded building in Cagayan de Oro, Primavera Residences.
Kagay-an Pyro Festival
The kagay-anon skies will light up once more with the grand fireworks competition staged at SM City every year. On August 25, head over to uptown Cagayan de Oro to view the stunning fireworks which is a prelude to the city fiesta. (Bonus tip: the fireworks can best be viewed from the rooftop of Primavera Residences!)
Street Dancing: Cagayan de Oro Carnival
No festival is complete without a colorful parade of dancers lining up the streets. On August 24, the streets of Cagayan de Oro will be marked by an array of colors and costumes and merry carnival music. So head on over with your dazzling costume and join in the fray!
PE Rhythmic Dance Competition
It’s the PE students’ chance to showcase their special dance and field demonstration in a grand competition that involves a total of 8 different schools with 800 pupils per school!
Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons
On 7am of August 27, the civic-military parade will begin from Rodelsa Circle and will end at Limketkai Center. This year’s theme is “Ako ug ang Suba Managhigala” (The River and I are friends) which depicts the interdependence between man and nature in relation to the mighty Cagayan River.
So, are you ready for the Kagay-an fiesta activities? We sure are! So stay posted for more articles and features about the upcoming Higalaay Kagay-an Festival activities. We hope to see you in some of those events!
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