Saturday, November 18, 2017

Iligan City Diyandi 2017 Kicks Off with the Opening Salvo

(Monday, 25th day of September 2017)

 

ILIGAN CITY – Iligan celebrates its annual fiestal in honor of the city’s patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. The celebration kicks off with the Opening Salvo on September 19 in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral.

The Opening Salvo indicates the official opening of the Diyandi Festival. It starts with a Holy Mass at the cathedral followed by a program on the streets. Women dressed in traditional Higaonon costumes chant and dance the “Pangalay” in gratitude for a bountiful harvest and for protecting Iligan from invaders from neighboring areas. Their chants, dance, and costumes have been carried over since the very beginning of the celebration of this festival. The city councilors and Vice Mayor, Jemar Vera Cruz shared toasts, drinking the “Pangasi”, a local rice wine, as part of the tradition.

City Councilor Sorilie Christine “Sol” Bacsarpa, Over-all Chairperson of Executive Management Board 2017 for Tourism and the DIyandi Festival, stated that: “Daghan kayo ta’g pagsulay karong adlawa. Una, ang weather, pero pasalamat gihapon ta kang San Miguel kay despite sa delays ug technical difficulties, ato ra gihapong na kab-ot ang atong gustong makab-ot. I hope nga atong nasabtan ang tinuod nga kahulugan sa Diyandi Festival. Manghinaot lang kita nga sa mga uma-abot nga mga adlaw paga-suportahan gihapon (sa katawhan) ang mga kalihukan hilabi na ugma ang “Pagpakanaog ni San Miguel,” What’s important is that magmalinawon natong isaulog ang kapistahan ni San Miguel,” (We have a lot of challenges today. First is the weather, though we still have to thank St. Michael because despite the delays and technical difficulties, we are still able to achieve the results we hoped for. I hope that the people understand the real essence of the Diyandi Festival. Let’s also hope that in the coming days we will still be supported (by the people) on our activities especially tomorrow, the “Pagpakanaog ni San Miguel”. What’s important is that we also celebrate the Festival with harmony and peace.)

Msgr. Rey Patian, St. Michael’s Cathedral Vicar General, who initiated the Mass said that: “Bilang bag-ong napili nga Vicar General sa Diocese sa Iligan, ako malipayon kaayo nga naka-apil sa opening Salvo dili lamang sa paghudyaka taliwala sa kalsada kundili gisugdan kini sa santos nga Misa dinhi sa Cathedral. Nasaksihan nako ang kanindot ug ang ka-bibo sa programa ug sa sa mga kalihukan nga gipasiugdan sa City Government. Gikalipay usab nako nga daghan ang mi-apil, daghan ang naningkamot nga makig-tambayayong gayud sa maong kapistahan tungod kay duna man gyud kita’y pagtuo ug pagsalig sa Diyos pina-agi sa pagka-instrumento ni San Miguel dinhi sa dakbayan sa Iligan. Padayon lang gihapon kita nga mag-ampo alang sa kalinaw dinhi sa atong dapit. Ako usab naghinaot nga ang atong kasaulogan sa pista dinhi sa Iligan nga sa bisan unsa nga matang nga kalihukan nga gipasi-ugda sa simbahan ug LGU magmalampuson unta kini ug ma-bungahon. Makab-ot unta nato ang tinuod nga kalinaw ug ang tinuod nga paghinigala-ay dinhi sa Iligan,” (Being the new appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Iligan, I am pleased that I have taken part of the Opening Salvo, not only because of the merrymaking in the middle of the street, but also because the event started with the Holy Mass here in the Cathedral. I witnessed the beauty and festivity of the program and activities organized by the City Government. It makes me happy to see that many participated in and made an effort to be engaged with the festival because of our faith and belief in God through St. Michael as an instrument here in Iligan City. I hope in this event that whatever activity or programs headed by the church and the LGU would be successful and fruitful. May we achieve the real peace and real friendship here in Iligan City.)

“This is just the start, we still have a series of events,” Ms. Donna Belle Olado, Senior Tourism Operations Officer, excitedly told the media after the program. “We only need the support of the public and I hope that they will enjoy and have fun because this is not merely a festival, rather, this is a cultural awakening for the whole city,” she added.

The Diyandi Festival used to be a month-long celebration, this year would only be about two-weeks but this festival is still as lively and even more bustling, nonetheless.

 

– –  Kristoff S./Web-CIO

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