April 18, 2020
We, Filipinos love festivals or fiestas as how we like to call to it. We wait for it, cook for it, and open our house for guests for it. Do you wonder why?
At some parts of the globe, May is Spring season, while for us, it is the ‘most Summer’ season because of the extreme heat. The perfect time to hit the beach, indeed. Also, it is the month of celebrating Mother’s Day and participating in the elections. If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, it would be best to schedule witnessing a full festivity in a city. Other than the great production and show, you’ll understand why festivities are important to Filipinos.
Malimono, Surigao del Norte: Of course, the name of this festival is derived from the word “onggoy” or monkey. It is celebrated with much cheerfulness and elaboration. Onggoyan Festival features an agro-industrial fair, a sports fest, and a beauty contest. One of the highlights of the festival is the street dancing by dancers who dance like monkeys.
Bogo City, Cebu: A newly organized annual event in Cebu City, Pintos Festival celebrates a popular delicacy made from corn. The event is a replacement of ‘Kuyayang Festival,’ an older celebration rooted in a traditional courtship dance festivity.
Where and what was the biggest festival you last attended? There are probably a few who didn’t think a fiesta was a product of the Pagan belief system. How do you think they responded to that discovery? Anyway, it doesn’t matter today because people celebrate fiestas to promote tourism in the country. It is also a good way for them to unite the residents and preserve tradition.