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A livelier Kagay-an Festival

IN a new city administration led by Mayor Oscar Moreno and to launch anew the City of Golden Friendship, this year’s fiesta celebration presents Higalaay: The Kagay-an Festival 2013. The celebration is the time to seek out friends, make new friends and going beyond self-interests to be friends for others.

Now on its 17th year, the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association’s Kumbira is considered the country’s longest running culinary show that focuses on showcasing the best and latest culinary creations in the region as well as highlighting local brands and products. This year, Kumbira at Limketkai Atrium from August 14 to 16 has for its theme Negosyo Kulinarya – Building Home-grown Brands. This three-day event consisting of exhibits, seminars and competitions will be participated in by restaurants, hotels, resorts, students, professional chefs and food enthusiasts from all over the country.

The Garden Show at Duaw Par on August 15 to 31 will feature an exhibition of garden plants and landscaping artistry from local gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Visitors will be treated to a cornucopia of garden plants and flowers and can buy those which interest them. It is being organized by Floricultura de Oro.

Meanwhile, PBA Legends Live in Cagayan de Oro will be held on August 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Xavier University Gym. This event will treat basketball-loving folks to a visit by ten of the PBA Legends led by Vince Hizon where they will play an exhibition game with a mix of Team CDO and the Xavier University team. The exhibition game is for the benefit of the Xavier University Scholarship Fund.

Aiming to make the City of Golden Friendship the country’s next top running destination, Kagay-an Festival Run at Centrio on August 18 at 3:00 a.m. is set to hit with a 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km run. All finishers will receive medals and certificates. It is being organized by Circle Productions.

A western cowboy style atmosphere will pervade the Cowboy Festival and National Horse Show Competition this August 23 to 25 at SM City Cagayan de Oro grounds at Pueblo de Oro. Visitors will enjoy a spectacle of horsemen events including Oval Race, Obstacle Race and Barrel Race which will be participated by horse enthusiasts from all levels of experience from all over the country. Young and old are to enjoy this experience as there will also be games they can join and win prizes not to mention the food and variety of products on sale. It is being organized by the Cagayan de Oro Horsemen, Inc.

Locally-made products of Cagayan de Oro and the region will be displayed and sold from August 24 to 28 at SM City Cagayan de Oro. The trade fair will be highlighted with a special setting of the One Town One Product (Otop) of the different cities, municipalities and provinces of Region 10. It is being spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 10.

Living up to its tradition of searching for young women with beauty, wit and charm to be Cagayan de Oro’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 will be crowned on August 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Limketkai Atrium. The search involves various activities such as the swimsuit competition and the talent competition tomorrow at SM City Cagayan de Oro. Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 is brought to us by JCI Bai Lawanen.

The first ever fireworks competition in the city was held on August 29, 2009. This fireworks spectacle made history after it gathered an estimated crowd of over 200,000 and thus was dubbed as the biggest crowd ever in a single event in the city. This year, SM City Cagayan de Oro will once again partner with the city government, Pueblo de Oro and ABS-CBN for another Pyro Festival. It will be a grander and bigger fireworks competition on August 25 at 7:00 p.m. as a prelude to the city’s fiesta celebration.

The PE Rhythmic Dance Competition is a special dance showcase and field demonstration participated by PE students from different schools of Cagayan de Oro City. This year, three elementary and five secondary public schools will join in the competition to be held on August 26 at 7:00 a.m. at Pelaez Sports Center. It is being organized by the Department of Education (DepEd).

This year’s Parade of Cagayan de Oro Icons will fuse the usual city fiesta parade and the street dancing into one meaningful milestone that will have greater impact, broader participation and healthy sustainability. This fiesta highlight will be a parade of Higalas featuring Cagayan de Oro icons. Culled from the exciting dynamics of our history and from the complexity of our contemporary life, these Higalas will be accompanied by contingents from schools and barangays which will offer performances that give a sense of who or what these icons are or what they stand for. At the end of the parade, there will be a menu of performances that will bring to life the significance of these icons.

Processions will mark the feast of St. Augustine on August 28. In the early morning of the Feast Day of St. Augustine, a procession around the city will be held. It will be attended by residents from Barangays 1 to 20, schools and religious groups. The procession will culminate in a mass at the St. Augustine Cathedral. In the afternoon, there will be a fluvial procession honouring the city’s patron saint. Decorated boats and rafts with images of St. Augustine, his mother Sta. Monica and the other patron saints of the 80 barangays in the city will go up Cagayan River. The procession will end with a mass at the St. Augustine Cathedral. The fluvial procession is the community’s effort to continually bless the river as well as promote the endeavors of the stakeholders in the preservation of Cagayan River. It is being organized by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and Safer River Life Saver Foundation, Inc.

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 candidates guest the opening salvo of Kagay-an Festival 2013 last Thursday at City Tourism Hall. PHOTO BY HERBIE GOMEZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 candidates guest the opening salvo of Kagay-an Festival 2013 last Thursday at City Tourism Hall. PHOTO BY HERBIE GOMEZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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