Fun, sight-filled August awaits Oro

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

IT WILL be fun and sight-filled August when the city starts to celebrate the ‘fiesta’ in honor of St. Augustine, Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint.

Dubbed as HIGALAAY: The KAGAY-AN FESTIVAL 2014, a whole month celebration, will see thousands of Cagayanons and participating visitors showcase their ability to perform in some indoor and outdoor activities – such as fashion show, cooking, horticulture, marathon run, horseback riding.

There will be food and lifestyle event, the beauty pageant, pyrotechnics, street dancing, field demonstrations, fluvial parade and the religious rites – procession and the celebration of the holy mass at the cathedral on the 28th, the feast day.


Higalaay which is a vernacular term means friendship as Cagayan de Oro is known as the City of Golden Friendship.

On August 8-10 at Limketkai Rotunda, fashion designers from all over Mindanao will showcase an array of their collections using local materials. The designers’ theme, “Local Designs-Global Impact” will feature top designers from the cities of Davao, Surigao, Iligan, Butuan, Ozamiz and Zamboanga. The event will also present its Men’s Wear collection.

Official Higalaay Festival

Now on its 18th year, the country’s longest running culinary show, Kumbira, will be hosted at Limketkai Mall Atrium on August 13-15 focusing on the best and latest culinary creations in the region as well as highlighting local brands and products.

Kumbira’s theme, Throwback@18: Looking Back… Looking forward, is a three-day event consisting of seminars, and competitions which will be participated in by restaurants, hotels, resorts, students, professional chefs, and food enthusiasts from all over the country. Added to the event is the participation of junior and kiddie chefs where they will show off their cooking ability.

A month long horticulture, garden show and agri-fair will be held at the Gaston Park where the green thumbs most likely see the exhibition of plants and landscaping artistry from local gardeners and horticulturists. Agri-products from the different city barangays will be up for sale.

Running destination

Aiming to become the country’s top running destination, a festival run will hit the road on August 17, Sunday, where the start and finish of the 3-kilometer (Km) , 5Km, 21 Km and 42 Km will be at the Centrio Mall.

Cowboys and horsemen will take center stage at the uptown Roa property along PN Roa Avenue on August 22-24.

On its 10th annual Cagayan de Oro Horse Show, the Cowboy Festival is a spectacle of horsemen events like: oval race; obstacle race; and barrel race; and it will be participated in by horse enthusiast from all over the country. More than 50 horses will join with humans in the merrymaking as they will be part of the games the organizers have prepared.

Kahimunan northern Mindanao, Food and Lifestyle Show on August 23-30 is the yearly trade fair of the Department of Trade and Industry where the best products of the Small and Medium entrepreneurs will be showcased. Processed foods, handicrafts, furniture, organic and natural products as well as innovative and trendy products will be on display.

On August 23, Cagayan de Oro’s Ambassador of Goodwill will be known during the pageant’s coronation night at 7p.m. at the Limketkai Center Atrium.

This traditional search for beauty, brain and talent includes the swimsuit and talent competitions at 4 p.m. on July 19 at SM City, uptown Cagayan de Oro, while the evening gown competition is at 6 p.m., August 16 at the Centrio Mall Activity Center.

Pyro festival

A celebration is lacking without the bright and colorful display of lights tossed into the air.

This is another year for SM City to draw the crowd for its Pyro Festival where families and groups of people from all walks of life picnic at the SM grounds enjoying the fireworks display.

SM promises the fireworks competition on August 25 will be much grander and bigger – a prelude to the city’s fiesta celebration.

Unlike in the past, the city event organizers have made it a street merrymaking, a carnival, rather than the traditional choreographed street dancing competition.

The carnival, where groups dance on the street in a grand costume parade accompanied by lively music and revellers masquerade through the streets in dazzling costumes on August 24 starting at 2 p.m. until night time – carnival Cagayan de Oro style.

The following day, August 25, about 10,000 students will participate in the Physical Education (PE) Rhythmic Dance Competition at the Pelaez Sports Center, an event that will showcase special dance and field demonstrations honed by the different competing public schools in the city. Four elementary and four secondary schools are participating with no less than 800 students per school.

A parade of papier mache giants representing the dynamics of the city’s history and the complexity of the contemporary life of Cagayanons will walk on the city streets on August 27 starting from Rodelsa Circle at 7 a.m.


The event dubbed as Higalas (friends) Parade of Floats and Icons is the city’s version of the usual civic-military parade. The Higalas will be accompanied by contingents from schools, barangays, civil organizations and the drum and lyre bands.

The floats parade with the theme, “Ako ug and Suba Managhigala (Me and the River Are Friends)” will have entries designed to reflect the interdependence between man and nature, our responsibility for the Cagayan de Oro River and the promise of bounty if we continue to respect its power, look after its welfare, and preserve its ecological integrity and natural beauty.

On the Feast of Saint Augustine, a procession at 6 a.m. will mark the day that will start and end at the cathedral and a High Mass will then follow. And another mass will be celebrated at 12 noon.

On the same day, a Fluvial Parade will start at 10am starting from barangay Macabalan and end at the Duaw Kagay-an Park. The decorated boats, in convoy, will bring to the fore the memory of the Tropical Storm Sendong victims.

Aside from these core events, sports competition–volleyball, badminton, “bankarera,” among others, will be held at the different venues around the city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 20, 2014.


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