Spiced-up Kagay-an Festival ’09 ready

Spiced-up Kagay-an Festival ’09 ready

GUESTS, tourists, visitors, and residents of Cagayan de Oro City will expect a more colorful and exciting celebration of the “Kagay-an Festival 2009” with the addition of new core events.

“Kagay-an Festival,” Cagayan de Oro City’s main fiesta attraction in honor to patron Saint Augustine, was formally launched last week by the Promote CdeO Foundation Inc. led by its president Ruben Vegafria, in coordination with the City Tourism Board chaired by Ms. Josie Aliñabon and the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office headed by Ms. Imma Rae D. Gatuslao.

During the simple launching ceremony held at a local hotel and attended by local tri-media outlets and organizers, the Promote CdeO Foundation Inc. unveiled 10 major events that will highlight this year’s edition of “Kagay-an Festival.”

The new core events are “Garbo sa Oro 2009: Outstanding Kagay-anons,” a recognition of exceptional Kagay-anons who brought honor and pride to the city, which will be held at the Rodelsa Hall, Liceo de Cagayan University on August 28; “Serenata at the Park” at Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria on August 28; and the “Regional Trade Fair 2009,” a wide array of display and selling of locally made products of the region based on “One Town, One Product” (Otop) concept to be staged at the Limketkai Rotunda from August 20 to August 28.

Among the crowd-drawing festival activities include the “Kagayan Dance Festival,” a street dancing competition showcasing Northern Mindanao indigenous people’s dances on August 24; “Ms. Kagay-an 2009,” a beauty and talent search of the city’s finest, gorgeous, and witty Kagay-anon ladies vying for the title as Cagayan de Oro City’s Ambassadress of Goodwill and Tourism on August 25; and the “Kagay-an 3rd Golden Float Parade,” a float competition depicting the city’s growth and development, history, people, and culture on August 26.

Other events include the traditional “Lambagohan-River Festivities,” a fluvial procession and river rafts competition at the Cagayan de Oro River on August 27; “Kumbira 2009,” a culinary show and live competitions to be held at the Limketkai Atrium from August 13 to 15; “National Horseshow and Competition,” a three-day event showcasing equestrian events and horseback games at the Mountain Meadows, Fil-Estate Grounds in Barangay Gusa from August 21 to 23; and the “Kapuso Mall Show” at the Limketkai Atrium on August 26.

All “Kagay-an Festival 2009” activities are exclusively handled by the Promote CdeO Foundation Inc. after it was granted by the City Government an exclusive right to manage the city fiesta events starting August 2007 pursuant to City Ordinance 10514-2007.

This year’s partner organizations include the United Architects of the Philippines- Gold Chapter, Safer River Life Saver Foundation Inc., Department of Trade and Industry, Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association, Department of Tourism-Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro Horsemen Association, Cagayan de Oro Tourism Board, and Oro Association of Rafters (AOR). (CIO)

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