In spite of the problems faced by the organizers in staging this year’s Kagay-an festival, the annual fiesta celebration turned out to be a big success and one of the most peaceful ever.
Some media outlets criticized the organizers for the low turnout of participants for the Street Dancing and the Golden Float competitions but this did not deter the residents and visitors to come out and fill the streets to watch the performers.
There may only be four groups that participated in the contest but the costumes displayed by the groups were more colorful than in the past.
The participants danced their way through the entire stretch of A. Velez with the final presentation held at the Rotunda of Paseo del Rio, at the foot of Kagay-an Bridge.
The Golden Float Parade was also well attended with several floats competing in the contest although much less than the previous years. Almost all school Drum and Bugle corps in the city participated in the parade that thrilled the crowd. The entire stretch of A. Velez, from Licoan to the Paseo del Rio Rotunda was full of people trying to get a glimpse of the parade participants.
SM CITY-Cagayan de Oro won again this year’s contest with its float focused on the clay wares of Barangay Bulua. The float had a theme “Pots and Exports” and a huge earthenware that also featured the export industry of the city and its development.
The Search for Miss Kagay-an 2009 also produced a group of prettier, taller and more intelligent contestants as compared to the previous years. Xavier University alumna Leira Monique Pabito of Barangay Bulua won the Ms. Kagay-an 2009 crown as well as the Darling of the Press and Best in Casual Attire/Miss Mags and the Best in Long Gown.
The members of her court are: Lyka Vic Arceta of Bugo (1st runner-up) who also bagged both the Best in Swimwear and the Talent awards, Chiery Charmaine Ladera of Carmen (2nd runner-up) who was also Miss Photogenic, Emily Frances Rafols of Barangay 22 (3rd runner-up and Amalia Margarita Misa of Barangay 14 (4th runner-up).
A new innovation in this year’s celebration is the floating of lighted lanterns along the Cagayan de Oro river. The lanterns were released under the Kagay-an bridge and floated all the way to the mouth of the river in Barangay Puntod. by: The MINDANAO CURRENT